Historically Black Colleges and Universities contributed to American History in many ways. One way they contributed to American History is by providing an education for African American students when other universities would not. Before the Civil war it was a very arduous task for African American students to receive an education. The students that did receive education before the Civil war went through many adversities just to obtain a degree. Some were not allowed in the schools and were forced to educate themselves. However, when the first historically black college was founded, African American students had a school that they could count on for a higher education. Over time, more black colleges and universities were founded, paving the way for more African Americans to become educated. With the help of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities more African Americans were able to live out there dreams and to become what they wanted to be. Historically Black colleges are important today because they remind us how much we have overcame. They push us even harder to strive for excellence in learning. Seeing the Historically Black Colleges and Universities continue to provide education for the great- great grand daughters and sons of the first college students to attend the universities and colleges, is inspiring to all. They still have the same focus as they did back then, to educate African American students and other minorities to the best of their ability and beyond. They give us all an opportunity to reach our full potential and expect nothing less. To me that is the relevance of the Historically Black colleges and universities today.We can learn a lot from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They have been though so much over the years and never gave up providing education for African Americans. They show us with hard work and dedication anything is possible. And that together we can accomplish anything we put our minds to. It is amazing how the Historically Black colleges graduating classes grew from eighteen or twenty to thousands. It is also amazing how there are over a hundred historical black colleges in the U.S. for anyone to attend. Personally I am very honored to say that I will be attending an Historically Black University in the fall. I am eager to be taught and obtain my degrees from an Historically Black University.