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HBCU "Living the Legacy" Scholarship Posted on 07-17-2008

Khila Wakefield
Scholarship Competition "Living the HBCU Legacy"
1. How have HBCUs contributed to American history? HBCU’s have contributed in an incredible way; they made a way to send African Americans students to college, to receive a higher education. We are also celebrating the legacy, by attending these HBCU’s. They were founded in the 1800's, and they address educational needs of Freed Slaves and Native Americans. My college, Delaware State University was established May 15, 1891 by the Delaware General Assembly under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890 by which land-grant colleges for Blacks came into existence in states maintaining separate educational facilities. African Americans all over the world have contributed to American History like Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall, Sean "P Diddy Combs", Martin Luther King, Jr., Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson, W.E.B. DuBois, Nikki Giovanni, Booker T. Washington, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Ronald McNair, just to name a few. Back in the day before blacks had rights, they weren’t allowed to go to school and get an education, let alone they had to sneak to learn to read and write. But today we have risen above that and are well educated. Blacks couldn’t attend an all white University, so they made their own, Historically Black Colleges and universities. I never heard about HBCU’s until I was a junior in high school, and I went on a college tour. That adventure changed my perspective, and opened my mind to a whole new idea. I’m proud to say I attend an HBCU, and some day I will contribute to HBCU history as well. 2. Why are HBCU’s relevant today? What lessons can we learn? HBCU’s are very relevant today. It might seem like their taken for granite, but their not. Students like me are graduating everywhere with majors, minors, double minor, bachelors, masters, PhD’s; so that right there is an example in itself that it s very much relevant today. There are over eighty HBCU’s, so that’s living proof. HBCU’s are as good as any other non-HBCU college or university, they encourage diversity, and they are still “today the top producers of professional African American talent and remain extremely important to the needs of the black community.” We have Entrepreneur, Political Activist, Film Producer, Actors, Poetess, writers, judges, Astronaut, etc… the list could go on and on. Some lessons we can learn is that education is sacred; very important, no on can take your knowledge away. Education can and will get you far in life, just look at the few people I’ve mentioned. They were in college at an HBCU just like me, and look at them now. We can look at them leading by example for us, the next generation. Instead of just celebrating Black History Month, we can celebrate it everyday; all year, in remembrance of those who made it possible for us, and those who are still making it possible.
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