The continuation of the history of our intellectuals depend on our Historically Black Colleges and/or Universities. Dating back to the times of our McLeods--Abernathys--Roosevelts-- black universities have garnered an embodiment of knowedge and commitment of service within out communities. HBCU's have conributed to American history by allowing many black students the opportunity of attending college while other higher education facilities refused them the opportunity. After slavery and the Civil war, black Americans needed a place to go to for higher learning, we had some of the best professors, mentors, and students, which gave us, hope for the future. They were caring and prepared us for the tasks we had ahead of us. Through the wonderful efforts of the teachers and students, we now have many educated black doctors, lawyers, teachers, inventors, accountants, and countless other professionals that are graduating from HBCU's all across America. These professionals are considered the Creme of the crop in there respective fields, and we owe it to HBCU's for its dedication to society. HBCU's have afforded the black American culture an open door, an open window of opportunity, from Hollywood to humanitarian efforts within our communities. HBCU's are relevant today because they have been there for us for years to come. Our forefathers, our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and grandparents, have all attended HBCU's and we want them to remain there for our children and grandchildren, to experience the history amd tradition, from which we come. HBCU's not only gave blacks a chance to attend black colleges but afforded us the opportunity of attending any college we wanted to attend. The lesson that can be learned is to never give up and when doors are closed in your face you build you own. HBCU's did just that, when doors were closed in our faces, HBCU's, stepped up and paved the way for higher eduacation of learning for blacks, creating American history.