Our newest and boldest endeavor is to rebuild our Historically Black Colleges(HBCU) and to bring attention to their plight. HBCUs were established in the mid to late 1800’s for the sole purpose of offering African American’s an institution of higher learning; these schools were established because there were no other institutions that allowed blacks to attend, in that era.
Even after segregation ended, African Americans continue to attend HBCUs because, according to one article, it “shelter’s them, and provides an important space for the fight for civil rights, equality and black liberation”. In essence, it feels like home. Not to mention, they have top athletes and the baddest marching bands in the land. According to some reports, these institutions are now struggling to exist and stay afloat; struggling to stay up to par in everything from equipment, and facility upkeep, to bringing in the best in brightest teachers and recruiting the best athletes. Today, “the low enrollment numbers, low alumni donations, and low national athletic recruits, have made it hard for HBCUs to stay competitive.”
Despite those realities, according to an Essence Magazine article, “HBCUs still produce some of the nation’s top Black professionals. HBCUs still graduate some of the country’s leading Black professionals. Seventy-percent of America’s Black doctors have a degree from an HBCU, along with thirty-five percent of Black lawyers and fifty-percent of Black engineers and teachers, solidifying the dire need to save these historic institutions.”
After having visited HBCU’s, and talked with a few coaches and teachers; after reading articles, and after witnessing first hand some of the aforementioned struggles personally, we felt it was time to do something.
We have the power to change what is. We built Black Wall Street. We’ve achieved many goals and overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our history; we’ve graduated college, we’ve bought homes and businesses, we’ve defied the odds, we voted and help put our first black president in office. We turned a red state, blue. We have black men and women millionaires in business, entertainment, real estate, professional sports, and media. We have the buying power and voting power to change our world.
Knowing this, our goal is to restore many of the HBCU institutions to their original glory or better, and continue to promote the black excellence by doing a lot, with a little, from many.
DID YOU KNOW THESE PEOPLE WENT TO AN HBCU?