Nurturing. Cultivating. Inspiring. Uplifting. Resilient. Enlightening. Encouraging. Struggle. Progress. These are but a few descriptions that capture the very essence of an entity that has touched and empowered a people for over 150 years. While small in number (109), HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) are mighty forces and beacons of hope and educational access.
The 'HBCU Experience' can be found at Howard, Fisk, Mississippi Valley State, Morehouse, Tougaloo, and Shaw, to name a few. Simply put, these legacies have left an indelible mark on the educational history of African-Americans. These institutions are to be cherished and revered forever -- or lost as the 21st century approaches. Threatened daily by internal and external forces, HBCUs are fighting one of their toughest battles ever.