Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Cultivating Black Intellectualism and Economic Growth by Larry J Walker - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play an important role in higher education. Since their inception, they...

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Cultivating Black Intellectualism and Economic Growth
Book author
Larry J Walker
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
258 pages
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1032 kB
Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Cultivating Black Intellectualism and Economic Growth

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Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) play an important role in higher education. Since their inception, they have attracted and nurtured intellectuals including Toni Morrison, Thurgood Marshall, and W.E.B. Du Bois, among others.

African Americans and other underserved populations sought solace from de jure and de facto segregation at HBCUs. While African American students can attend predominately white institutions (PWIs), HBCUs continue to produce a significant number of black professionals in education, dentistry, law, medicine, and STEM fields. Generations of African Americans who since have completed undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees at HBCUs have found well-paying jobs and entered the middle class.

At the same time, despite encountering discriminatory education, employment, and housing practices, many graduates created black enclaves after buying homes, and their children and grandchildren benefitted from their struggles, including the fight to integrate into workspaces. Examining the role of HCBUs not only in higher education but also in directing social dynamics and economic policy outside of institutions is, therefore, paramount.