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10 Things Every Child Should Know About HBCUs

1) HBCU is an acronym for (H) istorically (B) lack (C) ollege and (U) niversity. Famous people who graduated from HBCUs are Booker T. Washington (Hampton University), Dr. Martin Luther King (Morehouse College), Keisha Knight Pulliam (Spelman College), Common (Florida A&M University), Anika Noni Rose (Florida A&M University), Mathew Knowles (Fisk University), Spike Lee (Morehouse … Continue reading

Jacqueline E. Lawton’s “The Hampton Years” Features HBCU Artists
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Jacqueline E. Lawton’s “The Hampton Years” Features HBCU Artists

†From May 29 through June 30, Theater J will be presenting Jacqueline E. Lawton’s “The Hampton Years” at Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater in Washington, D.C. “The Hampton Years” chronicles the relationship of Austrian Jewish Viktor Lowenfeld, a professor at Virginia’s Hampton Institute and two of his now most-famous students, John … Continue reading

My Life Does The Singing: Hampton’s Halima Leak #MyHBCUMyStory
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My Life Does The Singing: Hampton’s Halima Leak #MyHBCUMyStory

Almost 20 years after graduating from Hampton University, there are days when I can still recall exactly what it felt like to be a student there.  My first visit to the cafeteria in the historic Virginia-Cleveland Hall; the soirees (not parties) where we could be found discussing the influence of Harlem Renaissance literature on hip … Continue reading

An Audacious Legacy: Howard’s Michelle Janaye #MyHBCUMyStory
Alcorn State University / Fisk University / Hampton University / MyHBCUMyStory / Paul Quinn College / Tuskegee University / Xavier University of Louisiana

An Audacious Legacy: Howard’s Michelle Janaye #MyHBCUMyStory

leg·a·cy [leg-uh-see] noun, plural leg·a·cies. 1. anything handed down from the past to the present, as from an ancestor to predecessor. When I consider the legacy left to me by history’s most prominent HBCU students, alumni and professors, I find that it is their commitment to revolution that inspires me the most. I marvel at … Continue reading

Celebrating Women’s History Month with the “Sister Presidents” #HBCUWomen
Barber-Scotia College / Bennett College / Dillard University / Fisk University / Hampton University / History & Culture / Howard University / Jackson State University / Lincoln University / Meharry Medical College / Norfolk State University / Spelman College / St. Augustine's College / Tougaloo College / Voorhees College

Celebrating Women’s History Month with the “Sister Presidents” #HBCUWomen

Just over thirty years ago in 1981, a Congressional Resolution proclaimed Women’s History Week, and six years later, the celebration was expanded to the entire month of March. Designed as a means of promoting equality among the sexes in the classroom, National Women’s History Month programs around the nation, have centered on an annual theme … Continue reading

Hoodwinked: The Politics of Hampton and Black Hair
Hampton University / History & Culture

Hoodwinked: The Politics of Hampton and Black Hair

A 2003 graduate of Fisk University, Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is the founder and executive editor of HBCUstory, an online advocacy center presenting inspiring stories of the HBCUs past and present, for our future. She teaches in Tennessee State University’s department of history, geography and political science department. Follow her on twitter at @HBCUstorian. For the … Continue reading

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Five Fabulous Quotes of HBCU Commencement Speakers 2012

As graduates of this proud university, as young people like those who always stoked the fires of progress, our country is counting on all of you to step forward and help us with the work that remains.  We need you.  – First Lady Michele Obama, North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University Swear your oath not … Continue reading

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LGBT Marriage Equality: HBCUs Either Bend or Break Toward Justice

By: Damien T. Frierson, Fisk ’02 A 2002 graduate of Fisk University, Damien T. Frierson received his master of arts degree in African American Studies from Temple University and his master of social work from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing his PhD in social work at Howard University. His work addresses social … Continue reading