HBCU’s set a new standard within the African American community. They are well treasured because each HBCU has its own prosperous legacy that shall continue to grow within the years to come. HBCU’s empower, influence and enrich the minds of young African American men and women, and that is their purpose. They still strive for excellence with each of their students and implore the community to learn their history and contributions to this society and to better themselves educationally to survive and become a crucial member of society.
HBCU’s have contributed greatly to American History. They have educated such minds as Booker T. Washington (Hampton University), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Morehouse College) and our own Donde West (Virginia Union University). HBCU’s have had a great impact on the nation as well. A large number of teachers, doctors and lawyers have been educated at HBCU’s and gone on to impact other communities with their knowledge and experience.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities are relevant in today’s society. I attend Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia and I know a student who chose to attend the private university because he couldn’t get accepted at a large, public university. HBCU’s such as Virginia Union truly do give every African American and non African American students the opportunity to get a good impactful education. Many African American students strive for the best, but some colleges and universities don’t think it’s enough to get them accepted. Without HBCU’s, many of these students will be lost. The quality of education at an HBCU is the same as others, but each school’s history and legacy is interwoven into everyday life to give hope as well as inspiration to the students.
We as a community can learn that HBCU’s are a beneficial lifeline to African American Students. I know firsthand that teachers and faculty would go an extra mile for the students. We should all know that HBCU’s are a combination of many aspects such as love, understanding, education, history, dedication and success. All HBCU’s value education and many of the teachers hold doctorates and advanced degrees. They truly want the African American community to excel because most of them had experienced tragedy and turmoil and would love nothing more than to help a student achieve his or her goal and succeed in the real world.