Historical black universities have a rich history and they have produced some of the greatest members of our society. It’s disheartening to hear from people who have no knowledge of the history of these institutions. Initially, HBCU’S were created because minorities weren’t allowed to attend white institutions. So, educators opened their own institutions in order to spread the gift of education. They were created before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to serve the African American community. There are currently one hundred one institutions operating in the United States.
Some of the country’s most respected black Americans have attended these institutions, including but not limited to, Oprah, Taraji P. Henson, Shannon Sharpe, Diddy, Martin Luther King and countless others. These institutions have promoted things like black economic growth, service in our communities, and black independence.
To see the arduous work of our predecessors commemorated in a museum, should bring joy to any alumni who has attended any of those institutions. The museum is very needed, because a lot of people really don’t understand the significance of HBCUs. There is a need for them in this country, as it’s been scientifically proven that students learn better with people who look like them.
The museum is in Washington DC and another location is opening in Atlanta, GA. Terrance Forte is the man who made this place a reality. The HBCU museum contains several artifacts from institutions all around the country. It also includes momentous events in black history from prominent HBCU grads. Forte’s goal for this museum is more growth and providing scholarships to students who pursue degrees at these institutions.