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HBCU Impact Posted on 08-02-2008

Raleigh, NC
As a student that attends a Historically Black College and University, North Carolina A&T State University, I realize that every day that I step foot in the classroom to pursue my dreams, I am apart of history. I am only in that classroom, with an unlimited amount of possibilities and opportunities to take advantage of, only because of the legendary path that was set before I was even old enough to know what college is. With 110 HBCU’s that consist of, public, private, two-year institutions, four-year institutions, medical schools and community colleges, there are thousands of students as myself that have been given the opportunity to take advantage of a quality education that many of our predecessors didn’t have. An opportunity that wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for a dream, persistent minds, and the implementation of the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling and the Higher Education Act of 1965 by the Supreme Court. HBCU’s have allowed many students the chance to be someone successful, to turn their lives around and to be inspired by many other students of the same color who are just as determined to do succeed as they are. Without the HBCU affect, there opportunities would be minimal for many African Americans to get a quality education that is supported by people who care about the well being of their students, and is based around building a foundation of education and a sense of pride in African American history. With this pride, we know that it is up to us to allow the HBCU legend to live on and to continue to benefit many other African American students after us. HBCU’s have graduated some of the most influential people of this century who have made a difference in this world. However, it is not up to us to follow the legacy they left behind, but to create a new legacy of our own to pass down to generation after generation following us. In a way, the success and the continually growing prevalence of the HBCU has earned the respect of people from all over the world as support system that should not be taken lightly and is a legitimate high quality education that is acceptant of all people no matter the race, origin, nationality, or creed. Not many people are as fortunate as some, but the HBCU has allowed for the ones that are not as fortunate to have the same opportunities sa the ones who are fortunate. Historically Black Colleges and University’s bridge the gap for many, to reach the narrow road of success. I believe that it only takes one chance and one opportunity for someone to realize their true potential and to take advantage of the opportunity placed before them. Bennett D.
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