Alcorn State University (1871– )

Oakland Chapel, Alcorn State University Image Ownership: Public Domain Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is the oldest historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second oldest state supported institution in the state of Mississippi.  The college is located outside of Lorman … Read MoreAlcorn State University (1871– )

Florida Memorial University (1879- )

Florida Memorial University is a private university located in Miami, Florida and is the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Southern Florida.  The school’s history dates back to two separate institutions, the Florida Baptist Institute which was founded in 1879, and Florida Baptist … Read MoreFlorida Memorial University (1879- )

Tougaloo College (1869– )

Tougaloo College is one of the United States’ premier historically black colleges and universities. The American Missionary Association (AMA) founded Tougaloo in 1869. Early in that year the AMA had commissioned Allen P. Huggins, a former Union officer, to look for land for a normal-agricultural … Read MoreTougaloo College (1869– )

Grambling State University (1901– )

Grambling State University was founded in 1901 in Grambling, Louisiana. In the post- Civil War effort to build schools for former African American slaves, several colleges were established in Louisiana. All of them were concentrated in the more populous southern portion of the state including … Read MoreGrambling State University (1901– )

North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University (1891- )

Four Students Who Initiated the Sit-Ins On February 1, 1960 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Morrill Act of 1890 created an opportunity for African Americans in higher education. The 1890 act specifically prohibited payments of federal money to any state which discriminated against blacks in … Read MoreNorth Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University (1891- )

Wilberforce University (1856- )

Wilberforce University was established near Xenia, Ohio in 1856 as a joint venture between the Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Named after 18th century abolitionist William Wilberforce, it was the first private, historically black university in the United States. It was … Read MoreWilberforce University (1856- )

Tuskegee University (1881– )

  Tuskegee Commencement, May 20, 1917 Image Ownership: Public Domain Tuskegee University, one of the largest historically black universities in the United States, is a private university located in Tuskegee, Alabama. It was founded by Lewis Adams, a former slave, and George W. Campbell, a … Read MoreTuskegee University (1881– )

Newark Moorish Science Temple of America (1914– )

Noble Drew Ali and Followers Image Ownership: Public Domain The Moorish Science Temple of America is a sect of the Islamic religion that teaches the uplifting of fallen humanity and the making of better citizens. Symbols of this religion include the star and crescent, fezzes, … Read MoreNewark Moorish Science Temple of America (1914– )