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Hbcu Legacy Posted on 07-28-2008
cypress, TX
In When and Where I Enter, Paula Giddings quotes Attorney William J. Watkins stating, “The determination of the white man is to starve us out.” So, how do we as Black people unite to demand and implement social progress? The answer is simple; we achieve this social progress through the prerogatives of HBCUs. In his 1990 appearance on The Phil Donahue Show, Farrakhan explains that in order for future generations of blacks to integrate with whites, it is dire that they are taught their cultural history. It is first through the attainment of one’s personal history that he or she can begin the quest to acquiesce to white society the prestige possessed by Black America. Being apart of the HBCU legacy permits this cultural education to be obtained in a way that every Black American can begin to understand and cherish his or her role in society. The education attained at an HBCU is of a different caliber than that of even the finest Ivy League school because of its compliance with the urgency and desideratum for cultural truth and knowledge. So, when the question is asked, “Why are HBCUs relevant today, and what lessons can we learn?” the answer consists of a multitude of facts. First, an HBCU campus is founded upon the history that is necessary to assert positive change amidst Black society. At an HBCU, students are taught in-depth Black History, as well as the achievements and dreams of their ancestors. As a student at Spelman College, I have had the opportunity of studying the protests of Frantz Fanon and Fannie Lou Hamer, in my core classes. Second, Not only do HBCUs teach the material that will later serve as ammunition in our battles for equality, but they provide a different social structure than any other universities. In the classrooms of an HBCU exists a conglomeration of nascent students of life whom are all striving to achieve success, while simultaneously developing a more keen sense of worth and being within both Black and White America. Third, We are taught to love and embrace the Black community, and more often than not, we are placed in the center of the Black communities that are hungry for change, and we a charged with the duty of giving back. To be a student at an HBCU is to be a driving component of an entity that is dedicated to the vindication of Black society as eloquent, intelligent, and equal. For over a century, HBCUs have contributed to American Society. During American segregation, Blacks were only allowed to attend HBCUs; thus, many of our greatest Black leaders hailed from HBCUs. The United Negro College Fund credits HBCUs with graduating over half the amount of Black professionals and seventy percent of Black dentists. Whether HBCUs are being saluted for producing leaders or professionals, one thing is constant: they have helped to create a dynasty of successful Blacks, that will not die nasty.
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