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"Living the HBCU Legacy" Posted on 07-28-2008

Darnisha L. Coverson “Living the HBCU Legacy” Scholarship Competition Many African American high school graduates decide to attend a historically black college anduniversity in pursuits of a higher education. These students believe that they will receive a superior education at a historically black college and university rather than other colleges and universities because of the prestigious history that has been left for future students. Therefore, historically black colleges and universities date back to the late 1830’s around the time slavery ended, have made a great impact on America. This was when many African-Americans were not encouraged to receive erudition, it was prohibited; but many African-Americans found other alternatives to attend colleges and schools. Consequently, HBCUs have contributed a tremendous amount of resources for African-American students, but this could not have happened without four exceptionally essential men in America. Richard Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist, founded the Institute for Colored Youth, now Cheyney University, for freed blacks who desired to become teachers. Fredrick Douglas, W.E.B DuBois, and Booker T. Washington are pivotal examples for African-American students to model themselves after and even other minorities and majorities. These pioneers fervently believed that a student’s desire for an education should be obtained for themselves. Amazingly, Fredrick Douglass taught himself to read and write, W.E.B Dubois founded the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Booker T. Washington was the first educator at Tuskegee University and later he became president. Many other people have made a pivotal impact on HBCU’s as a whole. For that reason, because of what early pioneers have conquered in the past it has allowed future African-Americanstudents to acquire a plethora of opportunities from more than one hundred historically black colleges anduniversities to choose from, the options are endless. Revolutionary, HBCU’s have had their share of obstacles, yet they have triumphed by earning funds to furnish their schools even after the Great Depression and World War II, when the existence of education for African-American students was in jeopardy began. Soon, the private and public HBCU’s banded together to improve their financial crisis’s, by 1943 Dr. Fredrick D. Patterson urged the HBCU’s to pool their resources and fundraising abilities to eradicate the issue. Ideally, the lessons students or any persons can learn about the history of historically black colleges and universities every student is treated like an important individual not as a number-and HBCUs are truly a big family that is looking out for the well-being of each and every student. However, this can only happen by staying focused on their goals and ambitions. Presently, at more than a hundred historically black colleges and universities not only are there black students attending these colleges, but other ethnicities-mainly because at an HBCU a student’s future is vital no matter what their background may be. The paramount contrivance for students to attain equality in America was and still is through the accumulation of prosperity and respect by means of hard work in pragmatic professions.
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