While the epic story of Sundiata Keita’s rise to power is well celebrated, less known is that he began his reign issuing a charter that outlined the social and political rules by which the united kingdom would operate. Formulated in cooperation with an assembly of nobles, the Manden Charter oral decree set forth clear priorities and guidelines that encouraged social peace, food security, freedom of expression, and other practices that supported national solidarity.
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.