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HBCU Legacy Posted on 07-30-2008
ChanelleDavis
San Francisco, CA
HBCU's were created prior to the ruling of Brown Versus Board of Education, allowing Blacks to earn education that had been denied for so long. The fact that these institutions were implemented during at a time when people of African descent were debased inhumanely showed the determination and ability of people of color to make a way for themselves. Some of these institutions were founded by former slaves, after the thirteenth amendment abolished slavey in 1865 with little help from the United States government and aid from the American Missionary Association and the church. Their perseverance is to be admired and is motivation for not only Blacks, but people considered to be inferior. Many historical figures received education at these colleges, ranging from Booker T. Washington to W.E.B. DuBois, providing positive images for the Black community and inspiring hope. HBCUs have also granted rights to other neglected minority groups, with Hampton University being the first U.S. College to admit Native Americans. HBCUs are successful, earning credibility from the Southern Association of Colleges and schools in 1928, almost 100 years after the foundation of Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, the first HBCU. These colleges and universities have provided people of color with academic support and continue to produce more black graduates than pre-dominantly white institutions. The news provides menial images of Blacks daily that we, as a race of people continue to defy, with the help of historically black institutions. Being recently accepted to Howard University, I know that my admittance has allowed me not to follow a traditional path of drug addiction, promiscuity, abuse, minimum wage employment and early pregnancy, all things that continue to run in my family. These institutions so rich in history, will allow me to create a path for myself and motivate me to make differences that the establishments themselves have. If anything, I am motivated to persevere. Whenever I start to feel that my classes are too hard or financial problems are taking their toll, I will remember that my circumstances could be much more worse; I will remember the times when Blacks weren't allowed to learn and be grateful; I will remember that we as a people, have come a long way.
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