A Message From The Founder
Hi, I am Rushion McDonald, Emmy & NAACP Image Award-winning television producer. "Black Excellence” encompasses me and every other African American working towards the advancement of our people. HBCU College Day website recognizes our “Black Excellence” in Education, Entertainment, and Business.
It is a place to share your thoughts and history as well as promoting the stars of our community and showcase our culture.
After the Civil War, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created to meet the educational needs of Black students who previously had negligible opportunities to attend college. The unprecedented social, educational and economic upheaval since March 2020 has wreaked havoc on enrollment at many schools.
Our Mission is to Increase Enrollment at HBCUs and Provide Job Opportunities. HBCUs offer medical, doctoral, master, bachelor and associate degree programs. HBCUs have played a critical role ensuring that African American students and others receive a quality education.
After the Civil War, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created to meet the educational needs of Black students who previously had negligible opportunities to attend college.
These schools had humble beginnings, with the first HBCUs conducting classes in homes, church basements, and old schoolhouses. The Morrill Act of 1890, which required states to provide land grants for colleges to serve Black students, allowed HBCUs to build their campuses, concentrated mostly in the southern part of the United States. A century after the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, most colleges and universities in the southern United States blocked all African Americans from admission, while institutions in other parts of the country employed quotas to limit their acceptance.
HBCUs have long been an outstanding source of academic accomplishment and great pride for the African American communities throughout the nation. HBCUs offer medical, doctoral, masters, bachelors, and associate degree programs and play a critical role in ensuring that African American students and others receive a quality education.
More than 20 percent of all African American students are enrolled in HBCUs despite HBCUs constituting only 3 percent of all four-year colleges. Today, HBCUs have produced 80 percent of all black judges, 50 percent of all black lawyers, 70 percent of all black doctors, 40 percent of all black engineers, 40 percent of all black members of Congress, 27 percent of all black STEM graduates, and 18 percent of all black CEOs in America. *
Notable graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities include:
Ralph Abernathy (Alabama State); Stacey Abrams (Spelman); Anthony Anderson (Howard); Eryka Badu (Grambling); David Banner (Southern); Kenya Barris (Clark-Atlanta); Chadwick Boseman (Howard); Toni Braxton (Bowie State); W.E.B. Dubois (Fisk); Mariam Wright Edelman (Spelman); Nikki Giovanni (Fisk); Alex Haley (Alcorn State); Kamala Harris (Howard); Taraji Henson (Howard); Langston Hughes (Lincoln Univ); Jesse Jackson (North Caroline A&T); Randy Jackson (Southern); Martin Luther King, Jr. (Morehouse); Gladys Knight (Shaw); Spike Lee (Morehouse); Samuel L. Jackson (Morehouse); Bakari Sellers (Morehouse); Toni Morrison (Howard); Phylicia Rashad (Howard); Lionel Richie (Tuskegee); Wendy Raquel Robinson (Howard); Will Packer (Florida A&M); Anika Noni Rose (Florida A&M); Wanda Sykes (Hampton); Stephen A. Smith (Winston-Salem State); Michael Strahan (Texas Southern); Booker T. Washington (Hampton) and Oprah Winfrey (Tennessee State)
For almost two centuries, Historically Black Colleges and Universities have educated students who become successful alumni fully integrated within America's diverse workforce and HBCUs continue to do so in the present.