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HBCUs contribute to our nation's prosperity — past and future

HBCUs contribute to our nation's prosperity — past and future

One important contribution of the African-American community to our nation’s history and future prosperity are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The founders of these institutions recognized, as Frederick Douglass once said, that education “means emancipation.” Since their origination (beginning with Pennsylvania’s Cheney University in 1837) to the present day, these schools have understood that a quality education can give people the knowledge, skills and tools to reach their promise and to challenge the structural barriers created by institutional racism.

HBCUs have produced African-American leaders in every field: including civil rights leader Martin Luther...

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