Photo of Harris-Stowe State University’s campus in St. Louis, Missouri.

Institutions that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) became in existence. Currently, there are 100 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions. Majority of these institutions lie in the hard of the south, but there are two mid-west HBCUs that served in the northern state of Missouri.

Founded by the St. Louis Public Schools as a normal school and became the first public teacher education institution and the 12th such institution in the United States. Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), stands as the only HBCU in the St. Louis region, which has ties in the segregation era before becoming a designated HBCU. HSSU celebrates 161 years of existence and has been firmly committed to providing a high-quality higher education experience that is both affordable and accessible to a diverse population.

Referring back to HCF’s The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2018, HSSU has been under the leadership of Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack since 2014. Under his tenure, HSSU has increase grants totaling approximately $3.5 million, approved to offer graduate degree programs for the first time in university history, which was enabled by Senate Bill 334, increased academic degree programs by 100%, going from 14 majors to 31 majors and minors in one year and increasing applications by over 100% in the past five years.

Photo of the campus of Lincoln University located in Jefferson City, Missouri. Photo credits Demetrius Johnson, Jr.

Since 2014, HSSU has been ranked nationally for its academic programs in publications such as Diverse Issues in Higher Education and as one of the top HBCUs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college ranking. Furthermore, through it all, HSSU has faced punches from drastic state-funding cuts and being one of the “underfunding” HBCUs of Missouri along with Lincoln University located in Jefferson City.

Though Lincoln University faces diversity issues preferably being an HBCU in a more “white” populated town, LU continues to push through striving to serve academic excellence. Selecting a new president, Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk who begun her tenure as of June 1, she comes to the helm of leading the institution with a student population of 47% White, 41% African-American and 12% International and other. A big concern for the African-American students is that Lincoln University may unspecific its status as an HBCU.

Despite that these institutions were established as HBCUs, they are often overlooked and criticized for failure. None like no other black college or university, these institutions are also encountering with enrollment and retention difficulties. Also named as one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2018, under Dr. Kevin Rome leadership, Lincoln University was reported to only graduated one-quarter of its student, according to a source and federal statistics. Meanwhile, Lincoln also saw a 7 percent drop in enrollment back in 2016, while losing two-degree programs and sports programs. Though, he was responsible for a 50% increase in student enrollment in addition to the creation of institutional programs and initiatives. Dr. Rome left Lincoln University in the summer of 2017 to become the 16th president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Recently, published in an op-ed that appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a “guest editor,” launched a savagely racist rant, attacking HSSU President Dr. Dwaun Warmack, Board of Regents, administration and faculty and staff, stating “Poor leadership is rewarded at Harris-Stowe.” Dr. Warmack was criticized for spending his state-funded travel allowance to walk away with nothing more than a photo and a story about a meeting with President Trump. The article also states, Harris-Stowe failed to meet four out of five basic performance-based funding criteria, and that university official continued to stupidly cheerlead and cover up what has effectively become an academic shipwreck. He was also criticized for asking for more money from the state and allied with the local branch of the NAACP to demonstrate on his behalf and ignoring the consequences of performance-based funding.

In the mist of the NAACP standing to challenge the rights and the state’s treatment towards black colleges. The organization announced the formation of a group called the Coalition of Equity and Excellence in Higher Education, which will “conduct activities to achieve educational and charitable objectives within the State of Missouri, focusing primarily on activities that ensure equity for Missouri’s Historic Black Colleges and Universities.”

Dr. Warmack strikes back with a co-op entitled “Harris-Stowe has the right to exist.” In that article, Warmack expressed that HSSU is far from being an endangered institution and from data the reflects during 2014-2018; three years of enrollment growth landed at 19.3 percent, with no additional state-funding, while donor and external funding has doubled during that same period.

Consequently, as a segregation state being that HBCUs are not wanted in the state of Missouri but were and are allowed, will our HBCUs continue to thrive in the forthcoming years? I have faith they’ll, with the aid of a dominant and compassionate administration, Board of Regents or Curators, faculty, and staff, students, alumni and stakeholders, our HBCUs in Missouri must not continue to be overlooked for their operational and academic serving use as state institutions.

Giving up is not an option when it comes to the state of Missouri and its treatment towards black colleges. A continued fight and given support must occur in so that the black colleges not only in Missouri back across the nation receive the proper state-funding that is needed so that students are adequately equipped with the necessary and demand tools for economic growth. Lincoln University also holds the distinction as an 1890 Land-Grant institution, which was reported that the U.S. House of Representatives voted 213-198 to defeat what is known as The Farm Bill. This bill supports agricultural extensions at 1890 Land-Grant institutions such as Lincoln.

In 1866, Lincoln University (formally Lincoln Institute) was formally established under an organization committee. At the close of the Civil War, soldiers and officers of the 62nd and 65th U.S. Colored Infantry took steps to found such an educational institution in Jefferson City, Missouri. On September 17, 1866, the school opened its doors to the first class.

As President and CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), our mission is to support the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at HBCU and PB institutions, while also advocating for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. We stand behind the Presidents of the two illustrious Historically Black institutions that deserve the right to exist and continue providing that high-quality education to scholar students who will succeed as dominant leaders. HCF will continue to advocates for HBCUs as long as we are in existence as an organization.


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SUMTER, SC – Morris College has named Leroy Staggers as “president-elect” on March 29 at a special called meeting. Straggers as been serving as interim president since July 1, 2017, after succeeding former President Luns C. Richardson who retired on June 30. Morris College than announced the passing of Dr. Luns C. Richardson on January 13, 2108. He died at the age of 89 in his hometown of Hartsville, SC.

According to The Sumter Item, College Board Chairman the Rev. Mack Hines said Friday that Staggers would serve as interim president through June 30. On July 1, Staggers will officially become Morris’ new president.

Staggers has worked at Morris for 25 years since being hired in 1993. For most of that time, he was the college’s academic dean, in which capacity he supervised all academic programs at Morris, all faculty members, and academic instructional support programs, according to the college. Before arriving at Morris, Straggers served as vice president of academic affairs, associate professor of English and director of faculty development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.

Hines said he thinks Staggers is the right person for the job considering his long history with the school and that he’s a scholar with an earned Ph.D.

In its presidential search application process, Hines said 81 applicants applied for the job. The vote for Staggers was unanimous.

“The faculty knows him and respects him, and the students do, as well,” Hines said. “He also has a sensitivity to human needs, and he has an open heart for Morris College. He loves the school.”

A native of Salters in Williamsburg County, Staggers earned his bachelor’s degree from Voorhees College in Denmark and received both a master’s and a doctorate from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta. Also, Staggers has completed the Harvard University Institute for Education Management program, which addresses the stewardship role played by senior-level leaders at their respective institutions.

As the college’s new president, Staggers will be responsible for guiding Morris through various challenges it faces.

NEW ORLEANS, LA – A $1.2 million federal grant has been awarded to Southern University at New Orleans in an effort to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers in what SUNO described as “high-need schools.”

In a press release from the university, The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded SUNO a five-year $1.2 million Robert Noyce grant for a project. SUNO will collaborate with John Ehret High School and Brookhaven National Lab to recruit, support and certify 22 STEM teachers. Recruitment activities will focus on the pool of qualified SUNO undergraduate STEM students enrolled in the Department of Natural Sciences. The project will span from May 2018 through April 2023.

The program activities are excepted to include the following:

1. Early exposure of prospective teachers to high-need schools
2. Seminar series on Characteristics of Highly Effective STEM Teachers
3. Science fair for high school students to attract students to STEM fields and their teachers to teacher certification programs
4. Praxis I & II preparation
5. Post-certification mentoring of new STEM teachers by content faculty mentors.

The project leadership consists of Principal Investigator Dr. Cynthia Singleton (Mathematics), and Co-PIs Dr. Joe Omojola (Mathematics and Physics), Dr. Murty Kambhampati (Biology) and Dr. Louise Kaltenbaugh (Education).

“These experienced faculty members have collaborated successfully on many projects at departmental, college and university levels, including grant writing, committee assignments, and curriculum developments,” said SUNO Chancellor Lisa Mims-Devezin. “They are very passionate about STEM education. I congratulate them for their hard work, commitment and dedication to developing future STEM teachers.”

According to, SUNO’s project comes amid a statewide push to recruit more teachers. According to teaching certification date provided by the Orleans Parish School Board from the Louisiana State Association of School Personnel Administrator, fewer teaching certification has been issued in Louisiana during a four-year period from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 school year.

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BALTIMORE, MD – Morgan State University President David Wilson announced on Monday that philanthropist, community activist and renowned national radio host Tom Joyner will deliver the keynote address during the University’s 142nd Commencement. The exercises will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Hughes Stadium on campus. In addition to addressing nearly 1,000 degree candidates, Joyner will join two other distinguished citizens in receiving an honorary degree: veteran filmmaker and former Morgan professor Stanley Nelson, and Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D., a university professor emerita, and president of the National Academy of Education.

According to a press release by the university, Known to millions nationwide as “The Fly Jock,” Tom Joyner began his broadcast career in 1970 immediately after his graduation from Tuskegee Institute, an HBCU, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Joyner, a native of Tuskegee, Ala., worked his way up through radio in Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri and Texas before eventually parlaying his distinct humor and energy in urban radio to land a high-profile radio position in Chicago.

“We are very excited to have Tom Joyner, one of the biggest supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their mission, join us on such an auspicious and joyful occasion,” said Dr. Wilson. “Morgan has enjoyed a longtime relationship with Mr. Joyner by way of our involvement with the Tom Joyner Foundation. Having him come to our campus as the Spring Commencement speaker adds yet another layer to that ongoing relationship.”

In 1994, entertainment powerhouse ABC Radio Networks convinced Joyner to take his captivating style of radio nationwide, thus successfully launching “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” into national syndication. Over the years, Joyner has taken his radio program to unexpected heights, using his influence to inspire and activate listeners daily while catering specifically to African-American audiences. Well-known for his dedicated philanthropy and community activism, Joyner has led successful national awareness campaign on voter registration law, family/health initiatives and equitable treatment of minorities. Never one to forget his roots, he created The Tom Joyner Foundation to help retain students in HBCUs. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $60 million.

Joyner has received numerous accolades and awards during his distinguished career, among them a Radio Hall of Fame award, an NAACP Image Award, Impact Magazine’s “Joe Loris Award” for Excellence in Broadcasting and Billboard’s Best Urban Contemporary Air Personality award. Other honors include the BET Humanitarian Award, the Denny’s Community Impact Award, the Septima P. Clark Excellence in Black Education Award and Impact Magazine’s “Best DJ of the Year Award,” which was renamed “The Tom Joyner Award” because he had received it so many times.

Stanley Nelson has been acknowledged as one of the preeminent documentary filmmakers of our time. He has directed and produced more than 12 documentary features, including: “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”; Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders”; “Joestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple”; and “The Murder of Emmett Till.” Nelson’s latest film, “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” which features Morgan and an interview with President Wilson, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. Nelson has won many major awards in broadcasting, including a Lifetime Peabody Award, a Lifetime Emmy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association. He is a 2014 National Humanities Medalist, multiple Emmy Award winner, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nelson, a former professor of film in Morgan’s College of Liberal Art, is also co-founder of Firelight Media, a nonprofit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing stories of underrepresented people.

Nearly 1,000 candidates are expected to receive bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees during the commencement ceremony. Morgan has awarded more than 50,000 academic degrees during its storied, 151-year history, propelling it to become the top-ranking university in Maryland in awarding degrees to African Americans.

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CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) announces its search for new members to serve on its Board of Directors as the organization moves forward in its advocacy to supporting students and HBCU and PB institutions, as well as its anniversary month, approaches.

HCF is a non-profit organization based out of Chicago, IL that serves its mission to support the significance and campaign to raising funds in sustaining student scholarships and services at HBCU and PBI institutions. HCF also serves as advocates for students, alumni, and HBCU and PB institutions.

As HCF continues to move forward in becoming a premier HBCU supportive organization in assisting Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Predominately Black Institutions, and students who attend those institutions or are seeking to attend on in pursuing their college education in a degree-seeking field. HCF looks for interest motivated and eager driving individuals to serve as a Board of Director. The interested individual must have experience in a non-profit board, some or experience expertise in fundraising, event planning, and is a team player to the mission of HCF with interest in education, HBCU’s, PBI’s, recruitment, and initiatives. The board governs the overall execution of the organization’s mission and assists the management of HCF organizational finances and long-term priorities of the organization programs and initiatives in supporting American’s HBCUs.

Also, as a serving Board of Director, you must require a time and energy commitment to the organization and consider ways to contribute to the development of the organization. You must be 18 years or older and have a sort of knowledge of non-profit management.

At your interest, you may download the application on HCF’s website here. The application deadline is April 11, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. CST. Applications must be submitted by e-mail in PDF format to Please write HCF Board Application in the subject line.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you may send them by e-mail to or HCF Board vice chair Kalauna Carter at


HOLY SPRINGS, MS – Rust College’s 152nd Commencement will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Prairie View A&M University’s President Dr. Ruth Simmons will deliver the keynote address.

According to a press release from the university, Dr. Ruth Simmons, an accomplished university president with administrative experience in Ivy schools, a women’s university and a historically black college, serves as President of Prairie View A&M University. Simmons was President of Brown University from 2001-2012. Under her leadership, Brown made significant strides in improving its standing as one of the world’s finest research universities.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons held an appointment as a Professor of Africana Studies at Brown. After completing her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before she became president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college. Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University.

Simmons is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of Texas Instruments, Chrysler, Mondelez and Square, as well as a number of non-profit boards. Awarded numerous honorary degrees, she received the Brown Faculty’s highest honor: the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal in 2011. In 2012, she was named a ‘chevalier’ of the French Legion of Honor.

Dr. Emmanuel Lalande, Vice President for Enrollment Management

COLUMBIA, SC – Benedict College has announced that Dr. Emmanuel Lalande has joined as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Lalande brings to the college over a decade of higher education and administration experience.

According to a press release from the university, in his new role, he will be responsible for recruiting some of the best and more promising students from across the country. Additionally, Dr. Lalande will provide oversight to the areas of Financial Aid, Admissions and Marketing, the Call Center, Scholarships, International Programs and Retention.

“Dr. Lalande brings a wealth of experience in higher education and enrollment management. He has a great combination of experience, enthusiasm, and passion for student success,” remarked Dr. Roslyn C. Artis, President, and CEO of Benedict College. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise as he leads our enrollment efforts.”

Previously, Dr. Lalande has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida Memorial University where he led the university division that supports students in meeting their academic, health, financial and social needs. He served as Dean of Student Success at Harris-Stowe State University where he raised approximately $2 million in grants and private donations, Dr. Lalande also launched a variety of new initiatives, including a living-learning community for members of the Honors program and students majoring in math and science, a service learning program, and a project that focused on creating a more inclusive campus.

Prior to then, He served as Assistant Dean/Director of Student Involvement at Bethune-Cookman University; Director of Student Activities at Washington College in Chestertown, Md.; and Director of Student Leadership & Activities and Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs at Delaware State University in Dover, Del.

Dr. Lalande has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Delaware State University. He earned a Doctorate of education degree with a concentration in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.



HCF and its Kwesi Ronald Harris Division of Historical Records commemorates Black History Month remembering those important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. During Black History Month, HCF will focus on students and alumni of HBCUs, and individuals who made or are making history in the African-American community.

Dr. Freddie Hartfield, who holds the distinction of being the longest-serving tenured professor in the history of Arkansas AM&N/UAPB for his service for more than 50 years. He was raised in Elaine, Arkansas, a small town located in Phillips County. His mother died during childbirth and his great-grandmother, Sarah Hartfield, raise him. Years later, tough times with little money and sometimes little shelter, led an 11-year-old Hartfield and Sarah Hartfield (who was 80-years-old by then) to work in the cotton fields, making 75 cents per hundred a day. During the six-month off-season, he attended Elaine High School seven miles from home walking both ways.

Prof. Cleo Frye, a vocational teacher, and his wife, Velma “Red” Frye of Elaine successfully convinced Sarah Hartfield that Freddie Hartfield should attend J.C. Corbin High School in Pine Bluff to further his education. Frye brought young Hartfield to Lewis Hall and left him there, but he had no money for school or food. At the time, Dr. John Brown Watson was the school president. Dr. L.A. Davis, Sr., was an English teacher then and worked in the admissions office. Davis Sr. helped Hartfield by getting him into and remaining at the school by giving him a job to pay for tuition. After Hartfield graduated from J.C. Corbin High School, be began working at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and attending AM&N College. For four years, he worked eight hours a day, making 51 cents an hour, moving cluster bombs. Each time he was paid, he kept only the money he needed for transportation and food and sent the rest back home.

Hartfield graduated from Arkansas AM&N College in 1950 with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture. Consequently, he was 23-years-old when he began agriculture at AM&N. After he discovered his passion for mathematics, Hartfield received a master’s degree in mathematics education in 1957 from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Kansas State University. Although he’s proud of his educational accomplishments, Hartfield is even prouder of his family. He’s been married for more than 73 years to Verna Mae Hartfield.

Until May 2014, Hartfield, mathematics professor extraordinaire, had become a well-established figure at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Many UAPB alumni from across the nation boast that Hartfield taught them mathematics or at least that he was their instructor. Hartfield came to the institution on June 2, 1941, when he enrolled in J.C. Corbin High School at the age of 16, he was 90 years old when he retired.


Founded on or before 1964, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established after the Civil War when southern states still practiced segregation in schools. These HBCUs have provided places for freed African-Americans to earn a quality education.

For more than 150 years, HBCUs have nurtured, provide, and serve academic excellence to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. HBCUs continue to thrive in its mission to building confidence to turning those students into educated testimonies.

According to UNCF’s 6 Reasons HBCUs Are More Important Than Ever, the nation’s 107 HBCUs make up just 3 percent of America’s colleges and universities, yet they produce almost 20 percent of all African-American graduates and 25 percent of African-American graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – which are the critical industries of the future. And HBCU tuition rates are on average almost 20 percent less than at comparable institutions.

Smaller institutions are most affordable with an enrollment of less than 2,000 and tuition totaling less than $15,000 per year. These institutions are also student-centered which seeks to fulfill the academic needs and performances of every student enrolled and fostered academic preparation while providing high-quality educational opportunities for diverse populations.

This list provides you the top ten small private and public historically black institutions that are rising in providing affordable education with smaller classes, dedicated instructors, and spiritual values to its community.


10. Rust College – Holy Springs, MS

Established in 1866 by the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Epsicopal Church, Rust College was opened in Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1870, the school was chartered as Shaw University, honoring the Reverend S. O. Shaw, who made a gift of $10,000 to the new institution. In 1892, the name was changed to Rust University to avoid confusion with another Shaw University. In 1915, the title was changed to the more realistic name Rust College.


Rust College recognizes the three-fold functions of education as being teaching, research, and community service. It offers a well-round program designed to acquaint students with cultural, moral, and spiritual values, both in theory and in practice. Rust College provides an opportunity for education to all, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or ethic background.

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9. Clinton College – Rock Hill, SC

Established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church during Reconstruction years, to help eradicate illiteracy among freedman. Clinton College is a historically black, private college and the oldest institution of higher education in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The college has operated continuously for 120 years. In 1894, Presiding Elder Nero A. Crockett and Rev. W.M. Robinson founded Clinton Institute and named it for Bishop Caleb Isom Clinton, the Palmetto Conference presiding bishop at the time.

In 2010, the college received a three-year Department of Energy Grant for $1.9 million to rest environmental development. Two Bachelors programs were implemented in Fall 2013. The programs are a Bachelors of Science in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. The institution was awarded grant funds that were used to develop courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The institution endowment has increased from $89,000 in 2003 to $566,000 in 2013. The value of the campus has increased from approximately 2 million dollars in 2013 to 7 millions in 2013.

In May 2013, The Transnational Association for Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) approved the college to offer two four-year programs; a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In view of the four-year programs, the school’s named was changed Clinton Junior College, to Clinton College. In keeping with its 120-year tradition, Clinton College offers an academic environment that not only promotes intellectual growth, but also fosters positive moral, ethical, and spiritual values.

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8. Arkansas Baptist College – Little Rock, AR

Arkansas Baptist College, originally named the Minister’s Institute, was founded in 1884 by the Colored Baptist of Arkansas during their annual convention at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Little Rock. The primary objective of the institute was to raise the educational level within negro ministry. In April 1855, the college’s name was changed to Arkansas Baptist College.

Arkansas Baptist College offer degrees in business administration, human services, criminal justice and religious studies. The college also offers two-year associate liberal arts degrees and certificate programs.

As one of Arkansas’ most affordable institutions of higher education, the college strives to attract students who desire a personal approach to their education with smaller classes, dedicated instructors, a sense of community, and spiritual values and principles integrated throughout their collegiate experience.

For more information about Arkansas Baptist College, please visit

7. Lawson State Community College – Birmingham, AL

Founded in 1947, Lawson State Community College was first established as a result of the Wallace Patterson Trade School Act. The college was created in 1965, and was named after its first President in 1969. Another milestone was accomplish when the college received its accreditation by the commission on colleges of the Southern Association on colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. On October 1, 1973, Wenonah State Technical Institute and Wenonah State Junior College merged and become one institution known as Lawson State Community College.

Recently ranked as the best nursing program in Alabama by out of 40 accredited institutions. Lawson State is an rising historically black community college, located in the southwestern section of Birmingham, Alabama, and is composed of two main divisions — an academic division and a career/technical division.

In 2011, Lawson State was featured as a Top 50 community college, making history in the state. And in 2013, it moved from 33 out of 50 on the list (of top colleges) to #5. Lawson State has also been recognized by the White House (and celebrated by the Obama Administration) as a Champion of Change in 2011. In 2015, Lawson State received the epitome of recognition when it was selected to host a visit by President Barack Obama. And in 2017, Lawson’s Nursing Program was ranked #2 in the state (among both 2 and 4-year colleges) by

For more information about Lawson State Community College, please visit

6. Morris College – Sumter, SC

Established in 1908, Morris College was founded “for the Christian and Intellectual Training for Negro Youth,” by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. As an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution, Morris College awards baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences and in career-based professional fields.

Morris College serves on its mission that is primary a student-centered institution which seeks to fulfill this mission by evaluating the academic performance of students to ensure competence in communication, problem solving critical thinking, and the use of information technology, emphasizing specific professional and technical skills necessary to meet societal demands and emphasizing total development of the student for responsible citizenship in a global society.

Morris College offers Bachelor’s degrees in 20 areas of study. The school accreditation is held by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award four different type of Bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education.

In the seventieth year of Morris College’s history, on December 13, 1978, the institution achieved the goal of full accreditation. And, on January 1, 1982, Morris College became the 42nd member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The college has embarked upon a new era of institutional improvements that has moved it further into the mainstream of American higher education and that has enabled it to render even better service to its students and community.

For more information about Morris College, please visit

5. Stillman College – Tuscaloosa, AL

Stillman College, was authorized by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1875, held its first classes in 1876 and was chartered as a legal corporation by the State of Alabama in 1895. At that time, the name was changed from Tuscaloosa Institute to Stillman Institute. In 1948, the name was officially changed to Stillman College. The following year, the college expanded into a four-year college and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1951.

As a liberal arts institution, Stillman College is committed to fostering academic excellence and to providing high quality educational opportunities for diverse populations with disparate levels of academic preparation. Primarily a teaching institution, Stillman has a proud and evolving tradition of preparing students for leadership and service in society. Stillman College is on of the leaders in wireless computing, the college received the National Innovation in Technology Award by Apple Computers and continues to be on the cusp of technology innovations in higher education.

The college, via its constituents, is committed to service for the common good. The entire academic enterprise, under grid with the principles of faith and ethical integrity, manifests constructive compassion as it confidently pursues the best in scholarly inquiry and creative endeavors.

For more information about Stillman College, please visit

4. Paul Quinn College – Dallas, TX

A private, faith-based, four-year, liberal arts -inspired college that was founded on April 4, 1872 by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers in Austin, Texas as Correctional High School and Institute. In May 1881, the college was chartered by the state of Texas and changed its name to Paul Quinn College to commemorate the contributions of Bishop William Paul Quinn. The college relocated to southwest Dallas, Texas in 1990.

Since the tenure of Michael J. Sorrell, a former member of the Board of Trustees, the college has raised academic standards and embarked on an ambitious revitalization of the campus, which has included spending over $4 million in capital improvements. It has reduced institutional debt by 40 percent and resolved all previous issues with audit findings. The college has produced more than $2 million in budget surpluses in fiscal 2009, 2010, and 2011; achieved unqualified audits for 2009 and 2010. Invested more than $4 million in infrastructure improvements and formed a groundbreaking partnership with Pepsico to covert and unused football stadium into a fully operational urban farm.

And in 2011, the college received membership into the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) accreditation. In 2017, the college became the first HBCU to be named a “Work College” by the U.S. Department of Education. Paul Quinn’s enrollment is about 424 students currently.

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3. LeMoyne-Owen College – Memphis, TN

LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School opened officially in 1877, but it actually began in 1862. The school was moved to Memphis in 1863, but was destroyed by fire in the race riots. Lincoln Chapel, as the school was then known was rebuilt and reopened in 1867 with 150 students and six teachers. It became a junior college in 1924 and a four-year college in 1930, chartered by the state of Tennessee just four years later. The merger of Owen and LeMoyne Colleges in 1968 joined two religious traditions at the same time that it reinforced the institutions’ shared purposes of combining a liberal arts education with career training in a christian setting.

Current President Dr. Andrea L. Miller was recently named as a ten most dominant HBCU leader by HBCU Campaign Fund. She was recognized for her devoted work in moving LeMoyne-Owen College forward by stabilizing enrollment by nearly 1,000 students and increasing its endowment fund with $12.8 million inputted.

LeMoyne-Owen College offer 23 areas of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Sciences, or the Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.

For more information about LeMoyne-Owen College, please visit

2. Huston-Tillotson University – Austin, TX

Established in 1875, Huston-Tillotson University is the first institution of higher learning in Austin, Texas. A private historically black institution, the school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the United Church of Christ, and the United Negro College Fund. Huston-Tillotson College was formed by the merger of Samuel Huston College and Tillotson College, which was effective on October 24, 1952. Huston-Tillotson remained primarily a black college after the merger, although there were no restrictions as to race. Huston-Tillotson College officially changed its name to Huston-Tillotson University on February 28, 2005.

Huston-Tillotson University awards undergraduates, four-year degrees in business, education, the humanities, natural sciences, sciences and technology. A multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith institution, the university welcomes students of all ages, races, and religious. The university also offers alternative teacher certification and academic programs for undergraduates interested in pursuing post-graduate degrees in law and medicine.

As an historically black institution, Huston-Tillotson University will provide opportunities to a diverse population for academic achievement with an emphasis on academic excellence, spiritual and ethical development, civic engagement, and leadership in a nurturing environment.

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1. Paine College – Augusta, GA

Founded by leadership of the Methodist Episcopal Church, now United Methodist Church, and the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, now Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Paine College was the brainchild of Bishop Lucius Henry Holsey, who first expressed the idea for the college in 1869. On November 1, 1882, the Paine College Board of Trustees, consisting of six members, three from each Church, met for the first time. In December, the trustees selected Dr. Morgan Callaway as the first President of the college.

Paine College offers a total of 16 majors offered in two schools through six departments that students can choose from as their field of study. The college was admitted to full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1961. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $3 million to support academic programs and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Though the institution is experiencing financial issues, it still remains a small, predominately Black, coeducational, church-related school, gratefully related to its founding denominations and open to all. Paine College continues to rise and produce significant academic excellence.

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ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) (a historically black university) is working to educate the next generation of teachers, all thanks to a recent $300,000 grant award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 10 teachers-in-training will have the chance to work with area students.

According to a press release by the university, the purpose of the grant is to help prepare the student-teachers to work in rural, high-need schools. IGNITE-Next Generation of New Teachers is a collaborative effort between ECSU, College of the Albemarle, and Halifax Community College.

“This grant will support students with an associate degree in obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Its purpose is to provide support in content knowledge, culturally relevant pedagogy, and project based learning,” said Dr. Gwendolyn Williams, Endowed Chair of the ECSU Education, Psychology, and Health Department. “This collaborative project will recruit, prepare, and license the teacher-education candidates to positively focus on the learning outcomes of students taught in high-need rural schools in North Carolina.”

Student-teachers with an education associate’s degree will work through ESCU’s education program to reinforce skills, and gain new knowledge in the education field. They will enter ECSU and become more adept in the education process in an effort to enhance achievement in the region’s rural schools. The project will also prepare the student-teachers for a residency program.

The IGNITE project will also partner with the Northeast Academy of Aerospace and Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT). These student-teachers will have an opportunity to work with NEAAAT, located on the ECSU campus, and while they receive training as future educators, also lend their experience and enthusiasm for education to students in grades 7 through 11.

The need for more teachers in North Carolina has grown in recent years. The student-teachers working through the IGNITE project will work to decrease teacher turnover in Northeast North Carolina through coursework, professional development, and mentoring.

The IGNITE project supports ECSU’s mission of promoting economic, social and environmental progress in the region.



The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. The Kellogg Foundations priority places  in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit


ECSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, will be the premier public institution serving northeastern North Carolina, providing affordable academic programs and services of exceptional caliber in a nurturing environment. The university will attract and retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty that will educate and lead our students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU will continue to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region. For more information, visit