Presidents of Georgia’s publicly supported historically black colleges and universities release joint statement.
Our nation’s current state of affairs requires the attention of all leaders to champion social justice and racial inequality. But before action must come thoughtful, engaged and strategic planning. As the presidents of Georgia’s publicly supported historically black colleges and universities we present the following statement.
“We have reached a crossroads; the events of the past few weeks have made even more certain our need to address the issues of social injustice and racial inequality. Across the country, people (like our students, faculty, staff and I) are hurting, angry and weary. It is imperative that we work together to make things better for each other, our communities and our country. We must end racism now,” says Kimberly Ballard-Washington, interim president of Savannah State University.
Paul Jones, president of Fort Valley State University, says “As a Black man in America, I can relate to the feelings of hopelessness regarding our justice system in the United States and how it is often unfair and tilted against people of color. I am not immune to society’s ills because I enjoy the privilege of being a university president. I say to those who have resisted engaging in this matter, I call on you to join us in saying enough is enough. Racism is tearing away the very fabric of our country. It is taking its toll on us all, so we all share the responsibility of making things better.”
“Racism is reprehensible in all forms. The unconscionable acts of hate that have become common place must end. Like many of you, the injustices that I’ve witnessed in the past few months have left me feeling heartbroken, concerned and incensed. We are at a tipping point in America regarding race relations, and if we do not employ constructive solutions, we will continue to witness and experience destructive responses. The events that are unfolding are the result of legitimate pain, frustration and the symptom of a bigger problem. The social and economic injustices that continue to plague our country have to end,” says Marion Ross Fedrick, president of Albany State University.
As university presidents we are taking an active and distinct role in educating our constituents (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members). Our institutions have a historic legacy of developing strong leaders who fight at the forefront for equality in education, social justice, and who died for civil rights.
Albany State, Fort Valley State, and Savannah State have a responsibility to create opportunities for dialogue. We must lift voices, particularly of those who are often silenced. We are entrusted with our nation’s most cherished resources, minds seeking education and enlightenment.
We must prepare this and future generations of scholars and servant leaders to manifest the freedoms that America promises. These weeks of protest, often punctuated by anger, frustration and tears, remind us that organizing, strategizing and mobilizing can make real and lasting change. By consistently taking a stand, and speaking out, we can help to prevent tragedies, like the most recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubrey, Rayshard Brooks and others from ever happening again!
In the coming weeks, our institutions will host a tri-campus symposium on race relations in America. We must all understand and respect that Black Lives Matter!“
Kimberly Ballard-Washington, interim president of Savannah State University Paul Jones, president of Fort Valley State University Marion Ross Federick, president of Albany State University
Our charge at HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is to work tirelessly to assist students, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). Thank you for your unwavering support throughout the years of our organization’s existence; we were able to make dreams come true. Furthermore, as we continue our mission to remain strong advocates for students and HBCUs, we would like for your continued support to become an HBCU Campaign Donor or Lifesaver in helping us in the longevity fight in strengthening the HBCU space.
Our mission is to fundraise while instituting initiative programming and partnerships in support of HBCUs and their communities. We’ll accomplish those goals by providing scholarships, endowments, and enhancing the significance of those who are supported by our organization.
Our fundraising campaigns are focused on raising funding for students who have financial needs to continue their college education or assist the organization with the necessary financing for providing initiative programming to students and HBCUs, Your contribution is critical and beneficial to many individuals who are supported through HCF who fall short financially. Our goal is to assist as many individuals in need and ensuring that they accomplish their dreams.
We are calling on all HBCU alumni, friends, affinity groups, and supporters of education to help us support students going to college and keep them in college by supporting the HBCU Campaign Fund with a generous gift to continue the proposed dreamed mission.
If you would like to become a donor or an HBCU Campaign Lifesaver, you can make an online donation at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/donate. You may also donate through Cash App to cashtag $CampaignForHBCUs or send by mail to HBCU Campaign Fund, 12558 S. Princeton Ave, Chicago, IL 60628-7225. Your donation will provide access to the key of education for many students who are achieving their goals to success. We Are HBCUs.
Demetrius Johnson, Jr. President and CEO, Founder HBCU Campaign Fund
Statement by Demetrius Johnson, Jr. President and CEO, Founder, HBCU Campaign Fund
America’s issue of racism and hate has transpired for too long over the years. However, recently police brutality has taken a toll more than ever before. Because of the usage of social media, citizens have been informed more about the dreadful impact of racism and hate towards the Black community. The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) was founded to help students and support all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). We work tirelessly to advocate for students and those institutions we serve in making sure that their voices are heard to virtually continue serving first-generation, and underprivileged students as well as their surrounding neighborhoods.
We have recently witnessed the brutal and uncaused for deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and David McAtee that have shaken our nation and once again demonstrated the heartless discrimination against the Black community.
Our country must continue to unite to dismantle racism and bigotry in all forms and denounce race-related violence and police brutality.
HCF looks forward to joining others and partnering with our nation leaders, HBCUs, and communities we serve in working together to heal our nation on those issues of racism and hate. We must not be silent. As Dr. King once reminded us all: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
About the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF)
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a nonprofit advocacy educational organization that is mission to support the significance and raises funds for scholarships, initiative programming, and for public and private HBCUs and MSIs. HCF remains today as a strong advocacy for students and higher education. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.
During this uncertain time, every gift makes a difference. #GivingTuesdayNow is an additional way you can extend a helping hand in making a difference in the lives of those who are financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is Giving Tuesday Now?
#GivingTuesdayNow (May 5) is a global day of unity in response to the unprecedented need cause by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
WASHINGTON – On May 4, 2020, at 1 p.m. (ET), FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks will virtually host the HBCU Presidents’ Roundtable: The State of Connectivity in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic to discuss the connectivity needs of students, faculty, and staff at Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCUs) during this unprecedented crisis. As millions of people conduct their daily activities from their respective homes, the need to remain connected has become more important than ever. In order to facilitate distance learning, HBCUs across the country have found creative solutions to address broadband connectivity for their students and employees who live in rural areas, urban communities, and suburban towns.
HBCUs play a critical role in our nation, and these institutions must have the tools necessary to continue their leadership in education and service. This event will feature special remarks from U.S. Representative Alma Adams (NC-12) & U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) and convent Presidents and leadership from HBCUs across the nation. This panel discussion will be moderated by David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition and former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This hour-long event will be livestreamed at www.fcc.gov/live.
Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President of Norfolk State University
Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, President of Kentucky State University
Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University
Dr. George T. French, Jr. – President of Clark Atlanta University
Dr. Larry Robinson – President of Florida A&M University
Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. – President of Alabama State University
Mr. Tom Jackson – Vice Chancellor for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer of North Carolina A&T State University
Dr. Adebisi Oladipupo -Vice President for Information Technology of Morgan State University
Advance registration is not required. Audio/video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the internet from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live. The FCC’s website is free to the public.
For additional information about the roundtable, please contact Alisa Valentin in the Office of Commissioner Geoffrey Starks (202) 418-2500 or Alisa.Valentin@fcc.gov.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established to provide to places for freed slaves to earn a quality education. These institutions continue to provide the necessary access to higher education to first-generation and low-income students today.
Today, there are roughly 101 HBCUs across the U.S. granting degrees to students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Many of the schools continue to manage to keep costs low despite having smaller endowments.
HBCUs play a pivotal role in American society, representing about 3 percent of two-year and four-year public and private nonprofit institutions that participate in federal student financial aid programs, but award 17 percent of all bachelor’s degrees earned by black students. Over the last 20 years, HBCUs have also played a major role in graduating black students with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.
Here are ten public and private HBCUs with the lowest tuition costs for in-state and out-of-state students, roughly range no more than $23,000 an academic year, including fees. Data were evaluated and pulled from the 2019-2020 cost of attendance charts from the institution websites.
Mississippi Valley State University Itta Bena, MS www.mvsu.edu
Founded in 1950, MVSU provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research.
FVSU is the only University in the world which at once is a University of System of Georgia institution, a HBCU, and an 1890 land-grant institution. Since 1895, the University prepares students to embrace their genius as future global leaders and enabling discovery which will make real that only now imagined.
Wiley College, founded in 1873 in Marshall, Texas, is a historically black, primarily liberal arts, residential, co-educational baccalaureate degree-granting institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The faculty provides a rigorous curriculum for preparing graduates for professional or graduate studies and/or productive careers in traditional and emerging career fields.
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, North Carolina www.ecsu.edu
Elizabeth City State University provides 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 students to become productive members of a global and increasingly interdependent society. ECSU continues to be a leading partner in enhancing educational and cultural opportunities and improving the economic strength in the region.
Founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin is dedicated to providing a student-centered, liberal arts education grounded in cutting-edge research, experiential learning, state-of-the art technology, community service, and life-long personal and professional fulfillment.
Since 1894, Clinton College has sought to “design and implement an educational program that will help all students lead moral, spiritual and productive lives.” Since we believe that those goals are best achieved by persons whose education is holistic and inquiry based in nature, Clinton College has consistently maintained a liberal arts agenda as its primary focus.
Voorhees College is a four-year, co-educational, career–oriented liberal arts college affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. Voorhees College is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s degrees.
Talladega College is an institution rich in history whose mission is to equip its graduates for the global community through academic excellence, moral values, community service and professional development. Talladega College is dedicated to producing well rounded leaders who think independently, who are self-assured, and who are committed to intellectual growth and service to their community.
Edward Waters College is a small, Christian, Historically Black, urban liberal arts college that offers quality baccalaureate programs. The College strives to prepare students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating programs, and an environment that emphasizes high moral and spiritual values in keeping with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Edward Waters College seeks to develop excellence in scholarship, research and service for the betterment of humanity.
Harris-Stowe State University is strongly committed to providing a high quality education experience that is both affordable and accessible to the diverse populations within and beyong the metropolitan St. Louis region. The University emphasis on professional growth and personal development that is essential for an educated person entering a professional field.
CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) Division of Alumni Relations and Division of Development & Finance announces the kick-off of its annual three-month “I Love My HBCU” Campaign beginning on Thursday, March 12, 2020, through Friday, June 12, 2020. Sampled by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), I Love My HBCU month was created to encourage alumni and friends of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to give to their institutions as a way to demonstrating their affinity. HCF is initiating its campaign beginning March each year, which will identify alumni ambassadors who can speak upon their HBCU experience, why they love their HBCU and encourage others to donate to an HBCU or HCF during their campaign months.
“We are so excited to announce another year of our annual “I Love My HBCU” Alumni Campaign this year. The goal is to reach $15,000 donated to HBCUs and $10,000 alone to HCF in the duration of the three-months to financially assist students and our nation jewels in this much crucial time,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., President and CEO, Founder at HBCU Campaign Fund. “Again, we are asking for all HBCU alums to join us in making a minimum gift for the founding year of their HBCU alma mater, or another HBCU which will commemorate the year that the institution was established. If we can get the momentum of donating that amount going, that will assist in surpassing the minimum set-goal and keep student-success going. HCF will also highlight those alums who’ve given on our social media and communication handles in token of appreciation of their contribution while also encouraging others to participate.”
Alumni who participate in the three-month campaign will be recognized on HCF’s website and communication platforms, speaking on the value of their HBCU experience, why they love their institution, and encouraging others to donate. When sharing on social media, the official hashtag is #HCFILoveMyHBCU. [Please note before participants are highlighted, they must submit a substantial donation or contribution receipt in pdf or jpg format as proof showing that they’ve donated their HBCU or HBCU of choice dated between March 12, 2020, and June 12, 2020, or either has donated HCF. Emailed receipts are accepted. Monies generated in this campaign will go to the institution’s Foundation/Institutional Advancement offices, HCF Scholarship Fund, or HCF Unrestricted Fund that serves the primary organization’s needs. The unrestricted fund at HCF allows flexibility to make an immediate impact on the organization’s needs in its advocacy and aid for HBCUs and MSIs at any moment. HCF’s ultimate hope is that alumni enroll in the recurring gift programs at their HBCUs.
Incentives and gifts are planned to be available to donors who participate and give toward the campaign from HCF. Everyone who donates will receive an HCF “I Love My HBCU” button. Those who gift $50 will receive a limited edition “I Love My HBCU” pennant. Those who gift $100 or more will receive an HCF “I Love My HBCU” pennant, button, and a t-shirt with the name of the HBCU of their choice on the back.
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. The following HBCUs have provided places for freed slaves to earn a quality education.
For more than 140 years, HBCUs have nurtured, provided, and served academic excellence to low-income, first-generation, and academically underprepared students. HBCUs continue to thrive in its mission to turning students into educated testimonies.
According to UNCF’s ‘Six Reasons HBCUs Are More Important Than Ever,’ the nation 102 HBCUs make up just 3 percent of America’s colleges and universities, yet the institutions 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. Also, HBCUs tuition rates are on average almost 20 percent less than at comparable institutions.
Smaller institutions are evaluated for being the most affordable for students 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 educations with smaller class sizes, dedicated faculty, and spiritual values to its surrounding community.
10. J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College – Located in Huntsville, Alabama
J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is the first and only institution of its kind in Alabama. In 1961, Governor George Wallace founded a group of state, two-year technical institutions. To support the technical/vocational career education needs of African Americans. Huntsville State Vocational Technical School was one of these schools.
In 1966, the school changed its name of J.F. Drake State Technical Trade School in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, long-time President of Alabama A&M University. The Alabama State Board of Education granted Drake State Technical College status in 1973 and adjusted its name to J.F. Drake Technical College, allowing the school to offer the Associate in Applied Technology Degree (AAT).
The final step in establishing the schools identity came in July 2013 when the college officially became J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.
Dr. Patricia Sims was named the fourth president of Drake State in December 2018. Under her leadership, Drake State as transition to becoming the premier training destination for businesses in greater Huntsville. Dr. Sims and Dr. Hugine, President of AAMU signed a MOU on June 17, 2019, that will enable students awarded delayed admission to AAMU to begin their academic tenures at Drake State and earn credential as they prepare to transfer to AAMU. In January 2020, Dr. Sims was named by the HBCU Campaign Fund amongs ‘The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2020.”
9. Tougaloo College – Located in Jackson, Mississippi
Tougaloo College is a private, coeducational, historically black, four-year liberal arts church related institution. In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of land from John Boddie, owner of the Boddie plantation to establish a school for the training of young people “irrespective of religious tenets and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in general.” The Mississippi State Legislature granted the institution a charter under the name of Tougaloo University. Course of college credit were first offered in 1897, and in 1901, the first bachelor of arts degree was awarded to Traverse S. Crawford in 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College.
Over the years, the College has ranked among the top 25 U.S. institutions whose graduates earn their Ph.Ds in the science and engineering disciplines and among the top historically black colleges and universities in the graduation of females with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences. The College has historically produced over 40% of the African American physicians and dentists, practicing in the state of Mississippi, more than one-third of the state’s African American attorneys and educators including teachers, principals, school superintendents, college/university faculty and administrators. The College offers 29 degree programs in the areas of education, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
In March 2019, Dr. Carmen J. Waters was named as the 14th President of the College succeeding Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, who served as President since May 2002. Dr. Hogan was the first woman President to lead Tougaloo.
8. Clinton College – Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina
Established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church during the Reconstruction era to help eradicate illiteracy among freedman slaves. Clinton College is a historically black, private college and the oldest institution of higher learning 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 after 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, approved by the Transnational Association for Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The programs are a bachelor in science in business administration and a bachelor of arts in religion. The College was awarded grant funds that were used to develop courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The College endowment has increased from $89,000 in 2003 to $566,000 in 2013.
In view of the four-year programs, the College’s named was changed Clinton Junior College to Clinton College. In keeping with its 120-year tradition, the College offers an academic environment that not only promotes intellectual growth, but also fosters positive moral, ethical and spiritual values. The College celebrated 125 years of higher education in 2019.
Miles College, founded in 1898, is a premier liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Alabama. The noble founders of the institution saw educated leadership as the paramount need in the black community. The College is the only four-year institution in historic Birmingham designated as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Miles College is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) higher learning institution.
The College offers 28 bachelor degree programs in six academic divisions to an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students. Under the leadership of former President George T. French, Jr., Miles College purchased a new 41-acres campus adjacent to the existing campus in 2006.
In January 2020, Charles Barkley, former NBA Hall of Fame athlete and philanthropist donated the single largest gift of $1 million to the College. It is the first time in the College’s 122 year history to receive the historic gift. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston followed with a $50,000 gift to the football program within the same month.
Miles College is one of 39 UNCF-member institutions. For more information, visit www.miles.edu.
6. Morris-Brown College – Located in Atlanta, Georgia
Morris-Brown College founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service with special focus in leadership, management, entrepreneurship and technology. On October 15, 1885, just 20 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, 107 students and nine teachers walked into a crude wooden structure at the corner of Boulevard and Houston Streets in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the opening of the first educational institution in Georg
In May 1885, the State of Georgia granted a charter to Morris-Brown College. Under the leadership of Interim President, Dr. Kevin E. James, the College recently settled a $4 million debt with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The National Park Service also awarded the College a $500,000 grant toward the renovation of Fountain Hall. The College aims towards restoring and regaining its accreditation. There are currently 35 students taking classes on campus and online.
5. Stillman College – Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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 to a four-year and graduated its first baccalaureate class in 1951.
As a small liberal arts institution, Stillman College is committed to fostering academic excellence and providing high quality educational opportunities for diverse populations with disparate levels of academic preparations. Primarily a teaching institution, Stillman has a proud and evolving tradition of preparing students for leadership and service in society. The College is one of the leaders in wireless computing, and has received the National Innovation in Technology Award by Apple Computers, and continues to be on the cusp of technology innovations in higher education.
In 2017, Dr. Cynthia Warrick was appointed as Interim President of Stillman College. Later in April, she was named the permanent President facing ongoing financial challenges in the Colleges history. In March, Dr. Warrick is credited for raising $2 million to help cover debt service and operating expenses during the summer and help boost recruiting efforts to draw new students.
In January 2020, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) named Dr. Warrick amongst the ‘The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2020,’ citing her focus on connecting students and the college to opportunities that advance academic excellence, degree completion, admissions into graduate and professional schools and fruitful careers.
4. Edward Waters College – Located in Jacksonville, Florida
Edward Waters College (EWC) is, distinctively, Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state’s first institution established for the education of African-Americans.
EWC began as an institution founded by blacks, for blacks. In 1865, following the Civil War, the Reverend Charles H. Pearce, a presiding elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, was sent to Florida by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. The school, established in 1866, was to eventually evolved into Edward Waters College. Construction of the first building began in October 1872 on ten acres of land in Live Oak. In 1892 the school’s name was changed to Edward Waters College in honor of the third Bishop of the AME Church.
Known as the youngest president of an HBCU in the nation, Dr. Zachary Faison, Jr., was named the 30th President and CEO of the College in 2018. Faison was recently featured in DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education article, Focus on Young HBCU President. His vision for the College aims to implement and enhance EWC through a new honor college, launch of new online degree programs in the field of social work, computer and information science and forensic science, and the development of the college’s first MBA. The College has also improved their athletics with the return of football and its reveal of new transportation buses through a partnership with Kelly Tours, Inc. valued at $100,000.
Most recently, the College hosted the groundbreaking for a new Community Football Field and Stadium, which will be the future campus home of the football team. Faison was honored to Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”
A private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts College that was founded in 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 appointment 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. The College has produced more than $2 million in budget surpluses in fiscal year 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 convert and unused football stadium into a fully operational urban farm.
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 is the ninth federally funded work college in the United States, the first Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) in the Work College Consortium, and the first work college in Texas.
In 1873, less than eight years after all hostilities were quieted from the Civil War, the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Wiley College near Marshall, Texas for the purpose of allowing Negro youth the opportunity to pursue higher learning in the arts, sciences, and other professions.
Named in honor of Bishop Isaac William Wiley, an outstanding minister, medical missionary and educator, Wiley College was founded during turbulent times for Blacks in American. Wiley College opened its doors just south of Marshall with two frame buildings and an overwhelming desire to succeed in a climate fraught with racism and Jim Crow laws.
As a smaller historically black institution, Wiley College continues to provide a quality and affordable education to students. In 2020, the College announced a 20% tuition reduction to address the nation’s growing need for quality, cost-effective education. The College offers 20 academic degree programs in providing educational opportunities to the citizens of Texas, the nation and the world.
In 2018, Dr. Herman Felton, Jr., was named the 17th President of Wiley College. Under his leadership, the College has achieved significant accomplishments, including spearheading a campaign with the College alumni and supporters that launched the work to renovate and modernize the Thomas W. Cole Library and partnering with the Marshall Economic Development Corporation to receive a $100,000 grant to renovate KBWC, the College’s radio station as well as training space for physical education majors. Felton also created a Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Unit for the College that is staffed with a full-time licensed practitioner.
Bennett College – Located in Greensboro, North Carolina
In 1873, Bennett College has its beginning in the unplastered basement of the Warnersville Methodist Episcopal Church (now known as St. Matthews United Methodist Church). Seventy young men and women started elementary and secondary level studies. In 1874 the Freedmen’s Aid Society took over the school which remained under its auspices for 50 years.
Within five years of 1873, a group of emancipated slaves purchased the present site for the school. College level courses and permanent facilities were added. In 1926, The Women’s Home Missionary Society joined the Board of Education of the Church to make Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, formerly co-educational, a college for women. It is one of two historically black colleges that enroll only women.
Since 1930, Bennett has graduated more than 7,000 students, affectionately known as “Bennett Belles.” The College offers 24 academic degree programs, and has five dual degree programs.
CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that unleash the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. Giving Tuesday will kick-off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 3, 2019, and throughout the year.
HCF mission is to support the significance and campaign in raising funds for students scholarships and services at HBCUs and PBIs has joined the global day to meet its fundraising goal of $5,000 to support the organization’s advocacy efforts to continue to support students and HBCUs. We believe that this global movement can impact millions of lives.
“We want to continue to advocate, inspire and transform within the HBCU community as a supportive serving organization by reducing the financial burden on a students’ education at a Historically Black College or University or Predominately Black Institution,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., HCF’s President and CEO, Founder. “The set fundraising goal and necessary funds needed will provide our organization with the ability to inspire and assist students to reach beyond their limits.”
Leading up to GivingTuesday, you can join the movement by posting a #Unselfie on social media or talk about “Why do you support HCF” as a supportive serving organization and using our official campaign hashtag #HCFGivingTuesday. You may also share our GivingTuesday social media tools.
Higher education can be the debt of students to accomplishing their dreams and in order to fulfill this mission in campaigning for higher education, you can make a deference by joining the #CampaignForHBCUs club. We hope that you consider HCF this #GivingTuesday!
About HBCU Campaign Fund
HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and raising funds for scholarships and initiative programming at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). HCF advocates for students, alumni and HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.
GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of million of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. For more information, visit www.givingtuesday.org.
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. Morris Brown College – Atlanta, GA
Morris Brown College, founded in 1881 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college engaged in teaching and public service with special focus in leadership, management, entrepreneurship and technology. On October, 15, 1885, just 20 years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, 107 students and nine teachers walked into a crude wooden structure at the corner of Boulevard and Houston Streets in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the opening of the first educational institutional in George under sole African-American patronage. The institution was Morris Brown College, named to honor the memory of the second consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
In May of 1885, the Sate of Georgia granted a charter to Morris Brown College. Under the leadership of interim president, Dr. Kevin James, the institution aims towards restoring and regaining its accreditation. Dr. James has heavily engaged in fundraising and in result, received various contribution from numerous donors. His mission is to keep the 138-year institution well alive.
A few months after the end of the Civil War in 1865, members after the Kentucky State Convention of Colored Baptist Churches proposed the establishment of Kentucky’s first post secondary educational institute for its “colored” citizens. In 1879 the State Convention purchased four acres of land in Louisville to serve as the campus for Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute. In the period of 1893 to 1922, student registration increased from 159 to over 500. In recognition of Dr. Simmons’ leadership, the university was renamed Simmons University in 1918.
In 2015, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby was selected as the 13th president of Simmons beginning a resurgence that continues today. Under his tenure, Simmons has reacquired its original campus, secured accreditation, and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a member of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Recently Papa Johns International donated $30,000 to Simmons to fund scholarships for students. For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.
8. Denmark Technical College – Denmark, SC
Denmark Technical College is a public, comprehensive, Historically Black, two-year institution providing career and transfer education. The college was established by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1947 and began operating March 1, 1948, as the Denmark Branch of South Carolina Trade School System. At its inception, the institution functioned under the South Carolina Department of Education and was mandated to educate black citizens in various trade. In 1979, the institution was accredited by the Southern Association Colleges and Schools and assumed its present designation as Denmark Technical College.
In 1987, DTC was named the first and only Historically Black Technical College in the State of South Carolina. Under the leadership of interim president Dr. Christopher J. Hall, DTC mission is to provide an affordable, high-quality education with engaging classroom experiences, and personal attention.
7. J.F. Drake Community and Technical College – Huntsville, AL
J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College is the first and only institution of its kind in Alabama. In 1961, Governor George Wallace founded a group of state, two-year technical institution. To support the technical/vocational career education needs of African Americans. Huntsville State Vocational Technical School was one of these schools.
In 1966, the school changed its name of J.F. Drake State Technical Trade School in honor of the late Joseph Fanning Drake, long-time president of Alabama A&M University. The Alabama State Board of Education granted Drake State Technical College status in 1973 and adjusted its name to J.F. Drake State Technical College, allowing the school to offer the Associate in Applied Technology Degree (AAT).
The final step in establishing the schools identity came in July 2013 when the college officially became J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.
Dr. Patricia Sims was named the fourth president of Drake State in December 2018. Under her leadership, Drake State has transition to become the premier training destination for businesses in greater Huntsville. Dr. Sims and Dr. Hugine, President of AAMU signed a MOU on June 17th that will enable students awarded delayed admission to AAMU to begin their academic tenures at Drake State and earn credential as they prepare to transfer to AAMU.
For more information J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, visit www.drakestate.edu.
6. Tougaloo College – Jackson, MS
Tougaloo College is a private, coeducational, historically black four-year liberal arts, church related institution. In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of land from John Boddie, owner of the Boddie plantation to establish a school for the training of young people “irrespective of religious tenets and conducted on the most liberal principles for the benefit of our citizens in generals.” The Mississippi State Legislature granted the institution a charter under the name of Tougaloo University. Courses of college credit were first offered in 1897, and in 1901, the first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded to Traverse S. Crawford. In 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College.
In March 2019, Dr. Carmen J. Walters was named as the 14th President of the College. For more information about Tougaloo College, visit www.tougaloo.edu.
5. Allen University– Columbia, SC
Allen University was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in 1870. The University has a distinguished history, rich in the tradition of promoting spiritual growth and training men and women to become productive leaders in an ever-changing society. Manifesting the dream of Daniel Alexander Payne, an apostle of black education in the United States, Allen University educated men and women for stellar leadership and service.
At the Annual conference, the deed for the land and buildings presented by Reverend Simon Miller, and the institute was named in honor of Daniel A. Payne. At the Annual conference meeting in Spartanburg in 1880, delegates agreed on the need for a more centralized location for Payne Institute and voted to move it to Columbia, SC. Concurrently, Payne Institute was renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the AME Church.
The University is in its current strategic plan for growth. It’s preparation under the leadership of Dr. Ernest McNealey is plan for progression. It is growing in enrollment, finances, new academic programs, including its first graduate degree and has expanded the athletic program.
In 1882, one of the nation’s early Black churches denominations founded what has since evolved into Lane College. Now referred to as the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, the organization was organization was originally named the Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in America when it formed in 1870. For $240, Bishop Lane purchased the first four acres of land to be used for the new school, and they were located in the eastern part of Jackson, Tennessee.
On November 12, 1882, the “CME High School” began its first session under the guidance of its first principal and teacher, Miss Jennie E. Lane, daughter of Founder Isaac Lane. The College Department was organized in 1896, and at that time, the Board of Trustees voted to changed the name from Lane Institute to Lane College.
Named as the 10th president, Dr. Logan Hampton has led the campus to strengthen its brand and Christian ethos, approve associate degrees, expand online course offerings, establish a more conventional student residential community with a robust first year experience program, and improve the arts, recreation and athletic facilities.
Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is the result of the first attempt west of the Mississippi River to make education available to freedmen (former African-American slaves). The forerunner of the college was Walden Seminary, named in honor of Dr. J.M. Walden, one of the originators and the first corresponding secretary of the Freedman’s Aid Society.
In 1882, Dr. G.W. Gray, president of Little Rock University, the institution for the Arkansas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, met Mrs. Adeline Smith, widow of Mr. Philander Smith of Oak Park, IL, while soliciting funds. The late Philander Smith had been a liberal donor to Asiatic Missions and had developed an interest in the work of the church in the South. In making her gift to Dr. Gray, Mrs. Smith designated $10,500 for Walden Seminary. The trustees accepted the gift and gave it special recognition by changing the name of the struggling Walden Seminary to Philander Smith College.
Philander Smith College was chartered as a four-year college on March 3, 1883. The first baccalaureate degree was conferred in 1888. Under the leadership of Dr. Roderick Smothers, the institution has immerse itself in enriching and worthwhile activities to move it toward the upper echelons of the country’s top historically Black colleges and universities.
Edward Waters College (EWC) is, distinctively, Florida’s oldest independent institution of higher learning as well as the state’s first institution established for the education of African Americans.
Edward Waters College began as an institution founded by blacks, for black. In 1865, following the Civil War, the Reverend Charles H. Pearce, a presiding elder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, was sent to Florida by Bishop Daniel Alexander Payne. The school, established in 1866, was to eventually evolve into Edward Waters College. Construction of the first building began in October 1872 on ten acres of land in Live Oak. In 1892 the school’s name was changed to Edward Waters College in honor of the third Bishop of the AME Church.
Featured in DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education, Focus on Young HBCU President, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. was named the 30th president and CEO of EWC has been the visionary a strategic plan called “Eminence 2025.” His vision aims to implement and enhance EWC through a new honor college, launch of new online degree programs in the field of social work, computer and information science and forensic science, and the development of the college’s first MBA. The institution has also improved their athletics with the return of football and its reveals new transportation fleet and partnership with Kelly Tours, inc. valued at $100,000. Faison was also honored to Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.”
For more information about Edward Waters College, visit www.ewc.edu.
Wiley College – Marshall, TX
In 1873, less than eight years after all hostilities were quieted from the Civil Ward, the Freedman’s Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Wiley College near Marshall, Texas for the purpose of allowing Negro youth the opportunity to pursue higher learning in the arts, sciences and other professions.
Named in honor of Bishop Isaac William Wiley, an outstanding minister, medical missionary and educator, Wiley College was founded during turbulent times for Black in America. Wiley College opened it doors just south of Marshall with two frame buildings and an overwhelming desire to succeed in a climate fraught with racism and Jim Crow laws.
Under the leadership of Dr. Herman Felton, Jr. the college continues to offer educational opportunities to the citizens of Texas, the nation and the world. Under his leadership, he has achieved significant accomplishments, including spearheading a campaign with College alumni and supporters that has launched the work to renovate and modernize the Thomas W. Cole Library and partnering with the Marshall Economic Development Corporation to receive a $100,000 grant to renovate KBWC, the College’s radio station as well as training space for physical education majors. Felton has also created a Student Health, Counseling, and Wellness Unit for the College that is staffed with a full-time licensed practitioner.
In response to the COVID-19 Global Public Health Crisis, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) has established the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to help provide students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) with assistance.