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The History of HBCUs
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played an important role in American history. These schools were created at a time when racism and segregation legally prohibited Black students from getting an education, and an HBCU was often the only way for Black students to learn skills and trades and improve the quality of their lives. Some of the oldest HBCUs were founded in the late 1800s as religious seminary schools, while others started as agricultural and teacher training centers before expanding to colleges and universities.
Today, there are more than 100 HBCUs around the country, and these institutions are still important because they provide an inclusive environment and access to higher education for many first-generation college students. HBCUs have also been responsible for graduating some of the most influential Black Americans like Martin Luther King Jr., Vice President Kamala Harris and Oprah Winfrey. In celebration of HBCUs, we rounded up 10 HBCUs around the country that you should know about.