Knowledge was power, and virtually all slave codes established in the United States set restrictions making it illegal to educate slaves/African Americans. But after the Civil War, African American education blossomed. Black ministers and white philanthropists established schools all across the South to educate freed slaves. These schools, more than 100 of which are still open today, became known as historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.
My experience attending a HBCUs such as Edward Waters College has been a great one thus far. I love the culture of caring it is like a big family here for the most part. Attending a HBCU helps prepare students for a life of service and social justice. HBCUs admission policies centered around providing access to those who had traditionally been denied access to a bigger university. Some students need to take an HBCU route because the classes are more of a slower pace, you can communicate with your professors during class and classmates because the classes are much smaller than bigger universities. For example at a bigger university a normal class could be 300 to 500 students which can be frightening and frustrating to some students because of the size of the class causing he or she to drop out.
Attending a HBCU doesn’t mean you can not become great in whatever field your pursue it’s not about where you start it is all about your finish. Studies show that there are more than 50% black public school teachers and 70% of black dentist are products of HBCUs.
MLK JR-More House College
Booker T. Washington- Hampton University
Langston Hughes- Lincoln University
Oprah Winfrey-Tennessee State University
W.E.B. Dubois- Risk University
These are just a few famous and important people who are all products of HBCUs.