The nation’s inflamed racial tensions have coincided with record-breaking increases in enrollment at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In 2017, North Carolina A&T State University recorded its largest student population ever, and the number of first-time applicants to Spelman College increased by the thousands in a single year. HBCU grads have consistently confirmed the necessity of these establishments by remaining at the forefront of the Black intellectual elite.
However, critics of HBCUs claim that those institutions are outdated, citing the end of racial segregation and proliferating the myth of the “post racial society.” HBCUs were created to provide opportunities for Black people to gain access to quality higher education and as race relations worsen, the need for secure locations for young, Black intellectuals to pursue higher education has only increased. Even a brief analysis of the comparative benefits of HBCUs is enough to defend the…
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