The continuation of the history of our intellectuals depends on our Historically Balck Colleges and/or Universites. Dating back to the times of our McLeods-- Abernathys-- Roosevelts--black universities have garnered an embodiment of knowledge and commitment of service within our communities. HBCU's have contributed to American history by allowing black students the opportunity of attending college while other higher education facilities refused them the opportunity. After slavery and the Civil war, black Americans needed a place to go to for higher learning, we had some of the best teachers, mentors, and students which gave us hope for the future. They were very caring and prepared us for the hard tasks ahead of us. Through the wonderful efforts of the teachers and students, we now have many educated black doctors, lawyers, teachers, inventors, accountants, and countless other professionals graduating from HBCU's across America. These professionals represent the Creme of the crop, in there respective field, and we give thanks to HBCU's. HBCU's have afforded the black American culture an open door, an open window of opportunity, from Hollywood to humanitatian efforts within our communities. HBCU's are relevant today because thy have been there for us for years to come. Our forfathers, our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and grandparents have all attended HBCU's and we want them to remain there for our children and grandchildren to experience the history and tradition, from which we come. HBCU's not only gave blacks a chance to attend black colleges but affroded us the opportunity of attending any college we wanted to attend. The lesson that can be learned is to never give up and when doors are closed in your face, build your own. HBCU's did just that, when doors were closed in our faces, HBCU's stepped up and paved a way for blacks, creating American history.