North Carolina's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
While there were a few HBCUs in the North prior to the Civil War, the first college available to African Americans in the South was Shaw University, which opened its doors in 1895. . It wasn’t until after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that real progress was made towards ensuring equal access to education for all people. While federal laws exist today that prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age, some African American students still prefer the environment of a historically black campus. Because HBCUs primarily serve African Americans, students who choose to attend an HBCU may do so because they prefer students and instructors with similar backgrounds and who have had similar cultural experiences.
Barber-Scotia College (1867)
Bennett College (1873)
Elizabeth City State University (1891)
Fayetteville State University (1867)
Johnson C. Smith University (1867)
Kittrell College (1886-1975)
Livingstone College (1879)
North Carolina A & T State University (1891)
North Carolina Central University (1910)
St. Augustine’s University (1867)
Shaw University (1865)
Winston-Salem State University (1892)
Contemporary photographs taken from university websites. Historic photo of Johnson C. Smith University from Digital Smith, in the Archives of the James B. Duke Library.
1 January 2012 | Anonymous