At least eight historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats last week, just about a week ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

What’s happening: Multiple schools across the country reported bomb threats last week. The list of schools includes:

In Utah: The University of Utah police department said it investigated reports of a bomb threat at the Black Cultural Center.

  • “This threat against our Black Cultural Center comes only a week after recent bomb scares targeted eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country,” the university said in a tweet.
  • “The University of Utah is not a haven for this kind of hateful and biased thinking and attacks, and university leaders have committed to completing a thorough review with actionable steps to be implemented during the spring semester.”

Why it matters: The number of bomb threats has dropped across the nation in recent years, according to The Washington Post. This makes the amount of threats against HBCUs troubling.

  • “It was not immediately clear whether the threats were connected or whether they were racially motivated,” The Washington Post reports.