The HBCU - Past, Present & Future



Great job! You and your group have completed your task.  You have learned that after the Civil War in 1865, African Americans began to seek opportunities for education.  Although excluded from established schools, leaders in the black community founded institutions known as "Historically Black Colleges and Universities" to provide opportunities for higher learning.  

You investigated the following questions:

What schools were founded in SC after the Civil War for African-Americans?

How did these founders establish institutions and what obstacles did they face?

What is unique and special about these colleges and universities?

What is enrollment like presently at these universities?

What proximity are these colleges and universities from one another? 


Would you like to learn more about HBCUs and their unique history?  If you'd like some extra challenges, visit some of the resources below to investigate this topic further.  Again, congratulations on getting your work done!

1.  When were African-Americans allowed to attend other universities such as the University of South Carolina, Clemson, etc.? What was life like for the first undergraduate students at these universities after desegregation? Present your findings in a PowerPoint. 

2.  The two oldest HBCUs in South Carolina are South Carolina State University and Voorhees College.  Compare and contrast the founding of Voorhees College to that of South Carolina State University.  What are the similarities and differences?  Create a Venn diagram. 

3.  What are the success rates of African-Americans with degrees from HBCUs compared to graduates from other schools? Create a bar graph or chart. 

4.  Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wright, encountered multiple obstacles in her attempts to establish a school.  Specifically, the schools were burned due to arson.  Why were African-American schools burned?  Who or what groups were responsible?  Complete some research and write an article about one of these incidents. 

5.   HBCUs were founded due to racism and segregation in higher education.  In 2016, students of all colors can attend any college of their choice. In your opinion, do you think black colleges and universities are still needed? Would you consider going to a black college or university?  Support your answer with 2 or 3 examples to defend your position.  

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