Historically Black Colleges and Universities have contributed greatly to American history. They have been around for over a century and were put in place to provide a higher level of education for African Americans. These institutions provided knowledge, history, and a since of pride in the African American abilities to establish such institutions of higher learning. HBCU’s provided all things to African Americans that discrimination, racism, and segregation previously prevented them from receiving. Historically Black Colleges and Universities helped to educated more African Americans, many of whom became prominent figures in America. These colleges and universities were part of a movement and helped to bring about a change in United States education system and treatment of minorities. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are still relevant today. They continue to provide students with a since of pride in the accomplishments of their ancestors. They are also a reminder of times gone by and birth new leaders and educated black figures. HBCU’s provide an educationally driven community for young African Americans. These institutions supply an atmosphere and home for African Americans that I believe to be unmatched by non0-HBCU’s. Some lessons that Historically Black Colleges and Universities teach us include the importance of networking amongst African Americans, recognizing the issues that still have yet to be resolved, and that history is a beautiful thing. The lesson on networking is very important to any one but especially for minority groups because discrimination still exists today. Recognizing the issues that exist today with minority groups and how it connects to our past as African Americans is also a lesson that can be picked up at a HBCU. A final lesson is that the history of African Americans is one of perseverance, strength, and change. Acknowledging, understanding, and cherishing the past will make for a much better future. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are excellent institutions of higher learning that have greatly impact American history and continue to be a part of America. They are institutions of learning, growth and pride that provide lessons good for life. They should be respected and cherished.