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My HBCU Story

HBCUs represent "Black Excellence"

If you are an Alumnus or currently attend an HBCU, we want to feature you!

 

The "My HBCU Story" campaign is a free digital library allowing current HBCU students

& alumni to share their stories.

Whether you're reminiscing on moments from your favorite class, hang-out joint, homecoming game, student center, on or off-campus party, fraternity and sorority pledging, Greek show, or simply sharing how attending an HBCU changed your life, we want to hear your story! 

 

Our goal is to use your "My HBCU Story" to promote and uplift the HBCU brand.

 

Get featured in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Upload a photo; the photo can be recent or from when you attended your HBCU.   

Step 2: Share your academic or social experience at your HBCU.

Step 3: Follow us on your favorite social media platform to see when your story has been posted.

Your HBCU prepared you for success,

and now we want everyone to read about your "Black Excellence." 

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SHARLET KENNEDY-BLALOCK

SHARLET KENNEDY-BLALOCK

@ CHEYNEY UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Cheyney, PA

I met my husband on campus while we both attended Cheyney University. I also selected Cheyney because it was very important to me to be part of the country’s first HBCU.

JEFFREY BAKER

JEFFREY BAKER

@ PAUL QUINN COLLEGE

Dallas, TX

I grew up in Chicago and when the opportunity to go to college in Dallas was a chance of a life time in my mind at the time. The friendships and collegiate experiences, allowed me to mature and tap into my creativeness.

DR. SHANESSA FENNER

DR. SHANESSA FENNER

@ NC CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

Durham, NC

I love attending an HBCU because they take care of you.

FLORENCE AVOGNON

FLORENCE AVOGNON

@ HOWARD UNIVERSITY

Washington DC

It was the Spring of 1988...

HBCUs help us realize that we are all diverse in many ways, and when people read your story, they will see there is no limit to what one can accomplish. Please share your academic experience and/or post-graduate success.

 

The goal is to use your HBCU Story to promote and uplift the HBCU brand. Your HBCU prepared you for success, and now we want everyone to read about your HBCU Experience and highlight the impact HBCUs have on individuals, our communities & our country. Read More

The History
of HBCUs

In 1865, most colleges and universities in the Southern United States blocked African American admissions. Private institutions like Howard University, Morehouse College, Hampton University, and Tuskegee University were established.  Still, it wasn't until the Morrill Act of 1890 which required states to provide land grants for colleges to serve Black students.  Allowing Historically Black Colleges and Universities to build their campuses and made it a requirement for states to show that race was not an admissions criterion. From this act, more private and public colleges and universities were established. 

 

HBCUs have long been an outstanding source of academic accomplishment and great pride for the African American community, as they provide associate degree, bachelor, master, and doctoral programs. HBCUs have played a critical role in ensuring that African American students and others receive a quality education. HBCUs have educated students who have become successful alumni fully integrated within America's diverse workforce for almost two centuries. Today, HBCUs have produced 80 percent of black judges, 50 percent of black lawyers, 70 percent of black doctors, 40 percent of black engineers, 40 percent of black members of Congress, 27 percent of black STEM professionals, and 18 percent of black CEOs in America.