There are many institutions that have greatly contributed to America's history. For whatever reason these institutions were created, they have influenced America. Some even helped to move Americans out of one era in time into another. An example of the institutions that have contributed to American history would be Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These colleges and universities have served huge purposes in the history of America because of what they are, what they have done, and what they represent today. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before 1964 with the intention of serving the African American Community. They were created to give African Americans Citizens equal educational opportunites. They are an important part of American history because of the impact they had and now have on society. These institutions have allowed African Americans to have an opportunity to become successful, productive citizens. They have disproved old stereotypes that stated that Blacks were ignorant or unable to learn and achieve as whites have. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have done wonderful things for the African American Community. For example, more than 50% of the nations African American public school teachers and 70% of African American dentists have earned degrees at HBCU's. Also James Weldon Johnson graduated from HBCU, Clark-Atlanta University. He is known for writing the words to the famous 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' along with his brother John R. Johnson who also attended Clark-Atlanta University. Historically Black Colleges and Universities have educated some of the most influencial and powerful African Americans. Some of those are Booker T. Wasshington (Hampton University), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ( Morehouse College), and Oprah Winfrey (Tennessee State). Today, these instituions represent opportunity. People of all nationalities and races are allowed to attend HBCU's. African Americans are no longer restricted as to what Colleges and Universities they can attend. There are over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. Most are 4-year private institutions but there are also two-year schools from which to choose. The existence of HBCU's isimportant because future generations can see what hard work and dedication can accomplish. This is true because most of these historical institutions were created to overcome and obstacle the kept African Americans from being able to obtain the same education as the rest of America. These institutions are very important and stand as proof of their purposes.