The Importance and Relevancy of HBCUs

What is an HBCU and more? 

Historically black colleges and universities are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. In the wake of emancipation, many Black Americans founded HBCUs to educate Black students. During the segregation era, HBCUs offered one of the only paths to a college degree for Black students.

You can find most of the 101 HBCUs in the Southern states. Around half of these HBCUs operate as private schools, while the half are public institutions.

Consider joining NHBCUAAF as we support and advocate for our HBCUs and their Alumni Associations. Learn more about being a member HERE.