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  1. Well, I chose my HBCU because they had a radio station. Driving through the DMV on our way from NY to VA to visit my grandmother, I discovered WHUR. I knew I had to go to the school with its own station. I knew nothing else but when I applied and got accepted and went to visit one beautiful spring day, I knew I was home.

  2. I felt every word of this! I have always been and will always be a loud, proud, insufferable and unapologetic graduate of THEE Howard University. I created a non-profit that is HBCU-focused. We are a “mob” of volunteers who descend on HBCUs to provide dorm room makeovers and ongoing assistance primarily to freshmen who have aged out of foster care, are homeless, or grapple with financial hardships.

    I do come from in HBCU family so it was in my blood. My mom let me turn down a full ride to a PWI to struggle to put me through Howard.

    I stan for ALL HBCUs. As a speaker, I have a talk called “HBCU MAGIC” that is for high schoolers and I tell them “You have the rest of your life to be in the minority, so spend 4 years insulated in a safe space where you are the majority.”

    Thank you for writing this. It warmed my heart.

  3. I LOVE my HBCU. Savannah State University prepared me for my position as CEO of TigerCo Marketing. 🧡💙🐅

    Savannah State is known as the “University by the Sea.” Building on its motto, “You can get anywhere from here,”

  4. My HBCU what can I say ? well one it is the only HBCU in the state of Oklahoma yes LANGSTON UNIVERSITY, that experience not only did I gain what I call LESSONS, but i gained a since it meant to be with my culture,with history. My grandparents met on this campus, made lifetime friends as well as I did all across the United States. To attended there over 38 years ago and to see the growth the campus has made is amazing. See I was there when Different World was going on, and my memories of every Thursday night could not wait until 7 pm to see Cosby Show then to watch Hilllman was amazing the Culture back then was being shown to us, that HBCU LIFE!!!!!!!

  5. My HBCU, the magnificent N.C.A.A&T. State University, exposed me to a life I would never have imagined…it was there through the dance company I flew on my first plane ride. I experienced so much in that environment and I received a quality and challenging education. I will forever be indebted to my professors and all who poured into me.

  6. Loved this! I didn’t attend an HBCU but after reading this and just hearing other people’s stories about them, I wish I had. Like you, it wasn’t instilled in me to do so, though. So honestly I didn’t even think about it. I will for sure introduce my sons to the idea of attending an HBCU when their time comes. Thanks so much for your article!

  7. This piece was heartfelt and made my heart smile…LOVED IT! I’m a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and I truly live by “Find a Way or Make One.”♥️

  8. One Jersey girl to another, I definitely didn’t hear much about HBCUs growing up. But by the time I was ready to graduate high school, I wanted an all-Black, all-women school experience. Enter: Spelman College. Still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

  9. GSU (Grambling State University), I thot U knew!!! Huge props Shy for speaking your truth about attending an HBCU. I love TeeJ Mercer’s quote, “You have the rest of your life to be in the minority, so spend 4 years insulated in a safe space where you are the majority.” I’m from the South, a proud 1979 HBCU graduate and my parents graduated from Grambling in the early 1950’s so attending an HBCU was in my DNA. After reading your article, I found myself Googling to see what was documented as to why HBCUs were started, which I already knew the answer. See below:

    Prior to the Second Morrill Act, people of color were often excluded from educational opportunities at the Land-grant Universities (LGUs) established by the (first) Morrill Act of 1862. The Second Morrill Act required states to establish separate Land-grant Institutions for Black students or demonstrate that admission to the 1862 Land-grant was not restricted by race. The act granted money, instead of land, and resulted in the designation of a set of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as Land-grant Universities to begin receiving federal funds to support teaching, research and Extension intended to serve underserved communities.

  10. HBCU PRIDE! I am a proud Alumni of Thee 1st private HBCU founded by African Americans…Wilberforce University 1856 (if you can make it at the WU, you can make it anywhere). The BEST accidental decision in my LIFE! It prepared me for survival in multiple PWI’s.
    *How can I submit a composition piece?*
    ~Dr. Q.~

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