Submitted by ub on Sat, 02/20/2021 - 13:18

As Black History month wraps on this year, it is worth noting that a few notable political leaders have been educated at an HBCU.

Historically black colleges and universities are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. Most of these institutions were founded in the years after the American Civil War and are concentrated in the Southern United States.

America’s historically black colleges and universities, aka HBCUs, in general, have educated all the leaders above as well as Stacey Yvonne Abrams the American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist at fairfight.com, and author who served in the Georgia House of Representative. as well as US Senator Raphael Gamaliel Warnock. The American pastor and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Georgia since 2021.

I served as a journalism professor at an HBCU and noticed that enrollment has steadily increased over the past few years, even as total college enrollment declined across the country.

According to published reports, brother and sisterhood are one reason why. Rising racial tensions and a tense political climate have minority students seeking schools that deepen their understanding of their cultural heritage and affirm their identity.

Also, HBCUs typically cost less than other schools. Black students are also more likely to graduate from an HBCU than a predominantly white institution.

In order to make up for former racism, Ivy leagues have attempted to recruit the best African American students. One veteran educator who served at HBCU his entire career tells City Images that there are good and not-so-good outcomes as a result of HBCUs. 

Finally, America’s historically black colleges and universities have been able to develop in response to this country’s shameful tradition of segregation and exclusion of most minorities from institutions of higher learning. HBCUs have played a critical role in ensuring that African Americans-and students of all races-receive a quality education.

The 37-member HBCUs supported directly by UNCF UNCF, the United Negro College Fund, also known as the United Fund, is an American philanthropic organization that funds scholarships for black students and general scholarship funds for 37 private historically black colleges and universities. UNCF was incorporated on April 25, 1944, to carry on this proud legacy by offering first-rate educations, unique learning environments, and strong alumni support.

At HBCU they Educare about the joy, the accomplishments and everyone benefits and learns the truth -- all of it in a historical context -- Malcolm X, MLK, Parks, and millions more who made a real difference in our lives.