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The following is a response to an article that was recently published by CNN entitled: An HBCU grad galvanized voters in Georgia and another one is making history as vice president-elect. This is an expansive response to that article and sheds more light on how HBCUs, graduates and students, have made a mark on history.

(CNN)Before Kamala Harris and Stacey Abrams broke barriers in the country’s political landscape, they thrived at historically Black colleges and universities. Students and alumni from HBCUs around the country are celebrating the vice president-elect’s success, hoping it will change the misconceptions around the institutions’ quality of education and graduates’ social mobility.

Harris, a Howard University alumna, has regularly credited her education and even referred to it when she accepted the Democratic party’s vice presidential nomination. “When you attend an HBCU, there’s nothing you can’t do,” Harris tweeted last month.

But she’s only one of several female politicians and activists who have become trailblazers, years after attending HBCUs. Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, attended Spelman College in Atlanta and Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Atlanta Mayor and a surrogate for the Biden-Harris campaign, went to Florida A&M University.

Cori Bush, a Harris-Stowe State University alumna, became the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress.

CNN, An HBCU grad galvanized voters in Georgia and another one is making history as vice president-elect

At Best Online HBCUs we have detailed information on all 99 HBCUs that are located in the United States, including Howard University, Spelman College, Florida A&M University, and Harris-Stow State University. These colleges, plus the 95 other HBCUs, enrolled 289,137 students in fall 2018, in associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs. These enrollments represent 1.5% of all enrollments in 2018.

HBCUs make a mark on history


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Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established in the United States early in the 19th century, to provide undergraduate and graduate level educational opportunities to people of African descent. Black students were unwelcome at existing public and private institutions of higher education, even after the passing of specific legislation, resulting in a lack of higher education opportunities.

The majority of HBCUs, that made their mark on history, were founded between 1865-1900, with the greatest number of HBCUs started in 1867, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors.

HBCUs have educated generations of African American leaders and professionals, including Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights lawyer who became the first African-American to hold a seat on the Supreme Court. Many students at Spelman and Morehouse were also involved in the civil rights movement.

CNN, An HBCU grad galvanized voters in Georgia and another one is making history as vice president-elect

Students at North Carolina A&T State University made their mark on history on February 1, 1960 at the Lunch Counter Sit-In demonstrations in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ezell Blair, Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond, were all freshman at the time.

HBCUs graduates and students have made their mark on history since the middle of the 19th century. Their story is not over, it is just beginning. There are currently over 4,000 degree-granting institutions and only 99 HBCUs from which to choose from to start your educational journey. You can find your pathway at any one of them, and we are here to help you with unbiased information while evaluating your college degree opportunity. Pursue your passion!