Historically Black Colleges and Universities, also known as HBCU’s, have contributed to American History. The HBCU was established to the freed slaves in 1837 many years before the abolishment of slavery. In 1954 the Supreme Court declared separate public schools for blacks from whites for separation but equal education. The Institute of Youth Colored created by Richard Humphreys was later known as the Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, the first and the oldest HBCU, which is currently still a school in Pennsylvania today. The Cheyney University was created so that African Americans could be trained to become young black teachers for elementary education and secondary training. Before the Civil War, high education was non-existent to African Americans. Most HBCU schools were found between the years of 1870 and 1910. The American Missionary Association and the Freedmen’s Bureau were two of the few who were in charge of starting public and private colleges and universities for African Americans. Booker T. Washington was freed from slavery as a young child and attended Hampton University, an HBCU, founded by American Missionary Association, AMA, and the Freedmen’s Bureau. These schools included Hampton University, Morehouse College, Alabama A&M University, Clark Atlanta, and Spellman College.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities are still relevant today. They offer so much and give out so many different opportunities for young African American children and even children with different ethnicities other than blacks. They help the communities by fulfilling the environment with what they need to keep a safe and healthy environment. They help the economy and many neighborhoods. HBCU offers summer programs, sport programs, full scholarships, and set up plans for future hurricanes in reaction to Hurricane Katrina. They are very significant in the education of African American people when it comes to getting involved in their education and how they receive their education. From the comments of other students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities, every campus is different and all the people are unique in their own way and no one has to worry about segregation. HBCU gets a lot of financial support by many alumni and African Americans such as Bill Cosby. The money from different support groups are used for those in need of scholarship money and those who have financial disabilities.
We can learn many lessons from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. First off we learn to appreciate the opportunity to be going to college at all receiving equal education as non predominantly black colleges. We learn to appreciate the opportunity because many of our ancestors did not have the opportunity to get an education at all. Because there are so many HBCUs around the country we can go to college almost anywhere and any state we choose. We as black students are inspired to do our best by all whom surrounds us including our friends and family. Our lesson as young African Americans today is to keep the spirit alive of our ancestors and further our education to become bright and intelligent leaders to our peers.