Dear NSBE Family,

The most revolutionary thing you can do is educate the individuals a country has determined should be destitute. ~ Anonymous

As you know, we are living in a time in which our academic well-being, and our ability to reach our academic potential are being threatened by institutional racism and bigotry on and off of college campuses. The targeted acts at campuses such as the University of Missouri, Yale and countless others that don’t make the media, along with the events that led to the establishment of the Black Lives Matter campaign are representative of an undeniable cancer that threatens organizations like ours whose cornerstone is scholastic achievement. However, these acts are also a great call to action that we must do more to demonstrate the cultural responsibility that we attest to each time we recite our mission statement.

We are NSBE, a group of highly educated and motivated students, professionals and servant leaders. We embrace the truth about ourselves. We are not thugs. We are not misanthropes. We are successful and striving black youth. Through our programming, we are reaching back for the young people who are coming behind us to show them their futures as educated black engineers who can make a difference in our world. Yes, we are the embodiment of the hope of black America and the hope of America. And we will Engineer a Cultural Change through our individual and collective successes for years to come no matter what challenges we face.

I implore you, our fellow members to remain aware of these and other racial injustices that are plaguing our nation. Support fellow NSBE chapters at the schools where these injustices have been taking place. Speak out against injustice whenever and wherever you may find it. We must be unified in our responses to bigotry and unfairness. We will create an empire of talented black engineers who by their very existence will challenge these false images of black youth now being told by America.

In the words of the song writer, with an earnest and sincere heart I believe "We shall overcome someday." But until that day, we will give the media another story to tell.

With NSBE Luv,
Neville Green
2015–16 NSBE National Chair

As you know, we are living in a time in which our academic well-being, and our ability to reach our academic potential are being threatened by institutional racism and bigotry on and off of college campuses. The targeted acts at campuses such as the University of Missouri, Yale and countless others that don’t make the media, along with the events that led to the establishment of the Black Lives Matter campaign are representative of an undeniable cancer that threatens organizations like ours whose cornerstone is scholastic achievement. However, these acts are also a great call to action that we must do more to demonstrate the cultural responsibility that we attest to each time we recite our mission statement.