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Howard University in Washington, D.C. is among the HBCU schools receiving bomb threats on the first day of Black History Month Tuesday.

The school issued emergency alerts and shelter-in-place directives to students and faculty about the campus-wide lockdown on Tuesday.

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More than a dozen other HBCUs received bomb threats on Tuesday morning, the start of Black History Month.

Bethune-Cookman University, Southern University, Albany State University, Bowie State University and Delaware State University also received bomb threats.

"We don't know who's behind this, but we do know it's motivated by hate," Howard University President Wayne Frederick said Tuesday. "We've had these challenges before but definitely since I've been here [as a student] in 1988, it has not been this widespread and also, I think, this overt."

The list of historically Black schools receiving bomb threats in recent weeks include Morgan State University in Maryland, Coppin State University in Maryland, Fort Valley State University in Georgia, Kentucky State University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Edward Waters University in Florida, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College in MS, Spelman College in Atlanta, Jackson State University, and Tougaloo College in MS, among others.

The FBI have investigated and no bombs were found on any of the HBCU campuses.

So far, there are no suspects.

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Phylicia Rashad is fighting to keep her position as dean at Howard University. Rashad, 73, was heavily criticized after she showed support for her TV husband, Bill Cosby, in an exuberant tweet.

Cosby, 83, was released from prison last week after serving three years of a 3- to 10-year sentence for alleged sexual assault.

Rashad, who starred with the comedian on the TV sitcom "The Cosby Show", tweeted:

"FINALLY!!!! A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!"

After facing furious public backlash, Rashad deleted her tweet and backtracked, saying "I fully support survivors of sexual assault".

Liberal officials at woke Howard University pressured Rashad to apologize again after students called for her termination.

Rashad hastily released a lengthy statement, saying her "remarks were in no way directed toward survivors of sexual assault."

Rashad received overwhelming support from her celebrity friends, including singer Stephanie Mills who urged Howard U. to "give back the millions" Cosby donated to the school.

The 64-year-old "Home" singer took to Instagram and wrote:

"I love you @phyliciarashad [heart emojis]. If it's true that Howard University wants to terminate her Position because they feel her comments about Mr. Cosby were insensitive, then they should give back the millions of dollars that he donated to the university."

Mills referred to the millions Cosby donated to Howard in return for an honorary college degree in 1989.

Cosby also donated millions to the all-women Spelman college in Atlanta, Ga.

The former Broadway star is best known for her hit singles "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love", "I Feel Good All Over", "(You're Puttin') A Rush on Me" and "Something in the Way (You Make Me Feel)".

She won a Grammy Award for "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (watch her sing live below).
 

 

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