HBCUs and Their Significance

March 2, 2018


Destiny Thompson (11) and Tyanna Warner (11) visiting a HBCU in North Carolina.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been in existence since the 1800s. The first one established was Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. HBCUs are colleges that were originally founded to teach students of  African descent. There are a total of 101 HBCUs in the United States, and most of them are in the south. Alabama has the highest number, twelve, and North Carolina follows closely behind with eleven. Here in South Carolina, we have eight. Junior Destiny Thompson recently toured an HBCU and said, “I really liked the college and how they treat you.”

HBCUs have scholarships and grants available to African Americans who cannot afford to go to college. One main reason why many young black men do not go to college is that they cannot afford it. HBCUs gives them opportunities from academics to athletics. They have the SIAC (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). They have football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, and track. Students can still pursue a career in sports at an HBCU. There is a long list of players who attended HBCUs that went on to play professionally.

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