HBCUs has contributed to American history in several ways. Before the Civil War, the South prohibited the education of Blacks. As a result, in certain institutions were created to educate free Blacks and runaway slaves. in 1896, the case Plessy vs. Ferguson's concept of "separate but equal" overturned segregation and many more HBCUs were created during this period. Even though Blacks were seen as being inferior to Whites, they came together as one and made a difference. They overcame insurmountable odds and the fear of Whites and educated themselves, despite of the consequences. Some of the first HBCUs created were Cheyney University in 1837 in Pennsylvania, Lincoln University in 1854, also in Pennsylvania, and Wilberforce University in 1856 in Ohio. W.E.B DuBois was the first African American to receive a PH.D from Harvard University. HBCUs has an essential role in the world today. I believe that it would help decrease the statistics about Blacks. I feel that if more Blacks attended HBCUs and got educated, there would probably be less crimes committed by Blacks, less drug and alcohol use and less teenage pregnancy among Blacks. The most valuable lesson that can be learned is to remenber that education is the key to success. Blacks overcame their struggles and created schools to educate themselves, so "where there is a will, there is a way." The lesson of determination, dedication, and perserverance can also be learned. I attend Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. I decided to attend a HBCU because as a minority (African American) I feel honored to attend a HBCU. I want to enhance my cultural experience by learning more about minorities. I believe that if history is forgotten it is doomed to be repeated. Blacks had to struggle and felt inferior. However, I surmise that it is imperative for minorities, especially Blacks to be together, stick together, and remember where we came from.
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