Richard L. Williams founded HBCU Matters Magazine in 2020 as he recognized a void in the celebration of the nation’s 100-plus Historically Black Colleges & Universities and the diversity and inclusion roles their graduates play in many facets of everyday life – from science and medicine to the fine and performing arts.
For nearly 20 years, Mr. Williams has been publishing Black Business Ink, a magazine focused on African-American-owned businesses and the men and women who lead them in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. The publication also celebrates the contributions of community leaders, entrepreneurs, and the HBCU impact on businesses and communities throughout North Carolina and beyond.
When the first edition of Black Business Ink first rolled off the presses in May 2003, Mr. Williams had a reasonably good idea the publication would be well received – and it has been. He holds the same belief for HBCU Matters Magazine.