Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Six times a year, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader. The latest Focus On looks at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
This photo series takes a look at an assortment of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). An HBCU, according to the Higher Education Act of 1965 , is "any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association. " Many HBCUs were founded following the Civil War when former slaves lobbied for educational funding and the creation of black schools. Today HBCUs boast eminent graduates in a wide array of fields, including politics, entertainment, and aerospace.
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The following entries have been selected from our archives to help guide readers learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
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Notable Alumni of HBCUs
Primary Source Documents