Positive thoughts and practices are the
weights that keep us sharp and toned.
Phenomenal education, unmatchable marching bands, step shows, tailgating, laughter, lifelong memories, oh and did I say phenomenal education?!
You may be familiar with an HBCU, but if you’re not, HBCU’s are Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
They are institutions of higher education that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of offering accredited, high-quality education to African American students across the United States. These schools do, however, admit students of all races.
(Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.)
In 2017, there were said to be 107 HBCU’s in the United States.
Why did I choose an HBCU?
I grew up living fairly close to an HBCU. Close enough that I could hear the marching band practice at night. I attended games as a child with family members and was involved in quite a few programs that took place on their campus.
Since a child, I’ve always wanted to attend an HBCU. As I got older, actually understanding the concept and learning more about them, I realized being educated with my people, and mostly by my people, would be an unforgettable experience. I knew I could go to another college and have the other more common experience of a Predominantly White Institution (PWI) for grad school; but I knew from the get go, I wanted the experience of going to an HBCU for undergrad.
Now, indulge me as I share a couple of my great HBCU experiences.
#1: African American Humanities Class
Taking African American Humanities my freshmen year was LIFE CHANGING.
One of my favorite professors, Dr. White, changed a lot of students’ perspectives (or mindsets), including mine within that class.
I remember one day my whole class and I walked out of the classroom in awe from the correct information we learned about our culture. It was like a film had just been taken off of our eyes and we could see clearly and didn’t need glasses anymore.
We all finished that class with even more pride in our heritage, being proud of who we are and the experiences we’ve overcome.
Here’s another quick example of why I love HBCU’s.
#2: Science Class
In science, I was taught about Henrietta Lacks.
Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman that made one of the greatest medical contributions ever. Her cells became the first immortal human cell line – the cells reproduce infinitely in a lab. (mind blown)
I had no idea how big of a deal that was until the movie about her came out and I was familiar with the story, however my friend that attended a non HBCU or PWI wasn’t familiar with her story at all.
Aside from classroom knowledge, the fellowship and relationships I gained through extra-curricular activities are unforgettable.
HBCU’s: They take care of you and prepare you for this world in a special way.
Since homecoming season is active right now, I wanted to take a moment to pay homage to universities that pushed us to be greater.
Happy Homecoming season!!!
Special shout out to my Alma Mater, Alabama State University, AND the HBCU that deeply influenced my childhood/adolescence and decision to go to an HBCU, FAMU.
“Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCU’s, have played an important role in enriching the lives of not just African Americans, but our entire country.” – Ric Keller