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gmerritt2
Detroit, MI
Glenn Merritt
The Importance of a Historically Black College or University
Attending a Historical Black College or University (HBCU) is important to me in many ways. The education I receive from the professors at a HBCU is in more beneficial to me and other black people in general, because the professors want to see us do better. I also learn a lot of how it is in the career world after college from people who have experience and teach us how it will be for black people after college and how to work it to my advantage. As a black person who is trying to accomplish your career goals and get an education a HBCU is the best place to go. The educators at HBCU s are mostly educated black people, and want to help build educated black people. The educators I have want to see their students accomplish their goals, and are always willing to give extra help when a student is struggling. The educators work more with one student who need help, and since the institution I attend has smaller class sizes than a large institution it is easier to give more attention to certain student needs. Most of the professors have been through the same things their students will face, as far as being an educated black person in the world, and can teach the student exactly what problems they would face. The professor at HBCUs can teach black student so much about the world that a professor of another race couldnít, because they donít face the same problems. The world is a challenging place for black people, even the people with college degrees, and HBCUs help black people overcome the challenges. The thing I have learned since my attendance at a HBCU is very beneficial to me. I have learned how to get jobs, write resumes, and even how to deal with and overcome racial problems in the world and work place. I have also learned so much on self development and how to get rid of bad habit I had that I never noticed. The people here and the professors are also so easy to relate to, because a lot of them have came from similar backgrounds, and to be taught by people who have came from similar backgrounds and are successful now is a plus. I think that HBCUs are very important to the black community and I am proud to attend one.
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gmerritt2 from Detroit, MI replied on 06-28-2008 02:10PM [Reply]
Glenn Merritt
The Importance of a Historically Black College or University
Attending a Historical Black College or University (HBCU) is important to me in many ways. The education I receive from the professors at a HBCU is in more beneficial to me and other black people in general, because the professors want to see us do better. I also learn a lot of how it is in the career world after college from people who have experience and teach us how it will be for black people after college and how to work it to my advantage. As a black person who is trying to accomplish your career goals and get an education a HBCU is the best place to go. The educators at HBCU s are mostly educated black people, and want to help build educated black people. The educators I have want to see their students accomplish their goals, and are always willing to give extra help when a student is struggling. The educators work more with one student who need help, and since the institution I attend has smaller class sizes than a large institution it is easier to give more attention to certain student needs. Most of the professors have been through the same things their students will face, as far as being an educated black person in the world, and can teach the student exactly what problems they would face. The professor at HBCUs can teach black student so much about the world that a professor of another race couldnít, because they donít face the same problems. The world is a challenging place for black people, even the people with college degrees, and HBCUs help black people overcome the challenges. The thing I have learned since my attendance at a HBCU is very beneficial to me. I have learned how to get jobs, write resumes, and even how to deal with and overcome racial problems in the world and work place. I have also learned so much on self development and how to get rid of bad habit I had that I never noticed. The people here and the professors are also so easy to relate to, because a lot of them have came from similar backgrounds, and to be taught by people who have came from similar backgrounds and are successful now is a plus. I think that HBCUs are very important to the black community and I am proud to attend one.
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ijones replied on 07-19-2008 06:08PM [Reply]
African Americans have struggled to be accepted by their white counterparts throughout all of American history especially when it comes to intelligence. We have been tough and thought of as being inferior, due to our lack of education. One who believes this might not know that at one point in this country African Americans, or slaves back then could not attend school by law. One might wonder how so many people of color have made it into the professional world today. The education of many of these black professionals and leaders came from historically black colleges, colleges devoted to the educational, social, and spiritual enrichment of their students. Although these institutions cater to people of color specifically, the fruit that they bear ultimately affect society as a whole. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev Jesse Jackson, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey as well as countless others have all attended HBCUs, and have affected American history. By creating such great educated leaders, these colleges have contributed to historical events like the Million Man March and the, “I have a dream” speech. In addition to leaders, ground breaking athletes, musicians, and actors have come from schools, like Morgan State and Howard University. These black colleges have made history by producing the most African American professional which is one of their greatest achievements. Giving the power of education to black students, when others refused to is still the one purpose of HBCUs. In addition to their History these schools are relevant today because students of color will always need a place where their needs are met. Students are put in an environment that encourages them to do well and gives them the reasons for doing so. At an HBCU you are more than just a number, or attempt to add diversity, you are part of a community that desires to assist you in furthering your education. As African Americans there are certain things we need to retrieve to be successful. The most important in my opinion are self love and understanding of ones history, both of these things are taught and learned at HBCUs. Being a person of color automatically means you aren’t good enough in some peoples eyes. From our features to our culture we are made to feel like outsiders, the result of this is self hate. Many people desire straight hair and light skin because they don’t like who they are and feel less than. At a college where black is seen as beautiful one doesn’t have to feel ashamed of who they are. Attending an HBCU will result in a since of pride for one’s race and person in general. In order to Love who you are you have to understand who you are. That’s why it’s also important to learn about African American history so you know your strengths and what makes you special. Traditionally white institutes might not comprehend the importance of teaching African Americans to love themselves or to embrace their history. In conclusion, an HBCU is more than just a school for black students, it’s is a place where one can love and learn about who they are. Without these institutions, the world wouldn’t be the same.
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