White Professor Who Sued HBCU For Alleged Racial Discrimination Gets $750K

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A white professor has been awarded $750,000 in a racial discrimination lawsuit against an HBCU, per Fox 2.

Following a five-day trial, theater professor Beverly Brennan won her suit against her former employer, St. Louis' Harris-Stowe State University.

The lawsuit claimed that Brennan, who is white, was discriminated against due to her race and was retaliated against when she reported the alleged discrimination.

Before the suit, Brennan taught speech and theater classes at Harris-Stowe State University from 1993 until 2017. Brennan said directing the university's speech and theater program was her dream job until things allegedly shifted in 2010 when Lateef Adelani was named dean of the College of Arts and Science and Dwayne Smith the provost for academic affairs.

Adelani, Smith, and the university were defendants in the case.

According to Brennan's attorneys, school officials pinned the professor's colleagues against her, asking if they were with "them," referring to the white teachers, or with "us."

Brennan said she plans to donate the $750,000 to the theatre department.

“Despite the challenges she faced, Brennan has decided to donate the entirety of her award to the Harris-Stowe Theater Department, demonstrating her commitment to fostering a positive educational environment,” Fox 2 reports.

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