Former Student Pledges $20 Million To Morgan State University, A Landmark HBCU Gift


When Calvin and Tina Tyler donated $42,744 to Morgan State University in 2000, they considered their first gift an initial installation toward a total of $500,000 they would give over time. It was their expression of appreciation for the valuable learning experiences the university provided Calvin and so many others. Even though Calvin left Morgan State before graduating, to secure gainful employment, he “wanted to make it possible for a lot of kids from the inner city to go to college on scholarships.” Twenty-one years later, he and Tina are now approaching an incredible $20 million give. With their contributions earmarked to help pay the tuition of students in financial need, the Tyler’s hope their philanthropic example will inspire HBCU students and others to rigorously support Black colleges and universities.

What a wonderful reminder the Tyler’s have provided of how Black folks can take care of each other. What a towering example of how Black people do support institutions that serve Black people. What remarkable evidence of how Black folks are remarkable to and for each other. To learn more about the generous power couple demonstrating the more Black folks are and can be, click here.

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