Experience the Legacy: HBCU College Fair

Bringing the HBCU experience directly to students in order to encourage, influence and build awareness around Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

2nd Annual Experience The Legacy HBCU College Fair 2017

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  Eleise Richards    Founder/CEO

Eleise Richards

Founder/CEO

Experience the Legacy College Fair was established to educate local high school students on the history and significance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Our mission is to bring the HBCU experience directly to students in order to encourage, influence and build awareness around these institutions. Through our mission, we use the college fair to promote an experience that is both powerful and enjoyable.

Through Experience the Legacy College Fair we will dispel the myths that surround HBCUs by serving as a primary resource for students and parents to learn the essential information needed to make informed decisions about pursuing education at an HBCU. During the college fair, students will network with HBCU alumni, have the opportunity to speak with financial advisors, view live exhibitions and speak one-on-one with recruiters from each school.

We know first hand how much of a gift and life-changing experience attending one of these institutions can be. Not only do HBCUs continue to produce some of the top performing African Americans across different fields, they provide a sense of community and empowerment through true self-awareness.

If you want to walk in the path of some of the most notable African Americans in history and unlock an exclusive network of alumni from all across the globe then we invite you to Experience the Legacy.

Before the Civil War, higher education for African American students was virtually nonexistent. The few who did receive schooling, such as Fredrick Douglass, often studied in informal and sometimes hostile settings. Some were even forced to teach themselves entirely. As a result of African-Americans generally being denied admission to traditionally white institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) became the principle means for providing them postsecondary education. These institutions were founded and developed in an environment of legal segregation and, by providing access to higher education, contributed substantially to the progress African-Americans have made in improving their status. 

In 1837, 26 years before the end of slavery, Richard Humphreys a Quaker philanthropist founded the Institute for Colored Youth to train freed African-Americans to become teachers. It became the first higher education institution for African-Americans founded in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. It was followed by two other institutions--Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania (1854), and Wilberforce University, in Ohio (1856). By 1953, more-than 75,000 students were enrolled in such well known public and private HBCUs such as Fisk University, Hampton Institute, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Tuskegee Institute, as well as a host of smaller black colleges located in southern and border states. HBCUs also enrolled 3,200 students in graduate programs and these private and public institutions mutually served the important mission of providing education for teachers, ministers, lawyers, and doctors for the African-American population in a racially segregated society.

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From institutions formed to serve former slaves, today there are 107 HBCUs with nearly 300,000 students enrolled. 56 institutions are under private control, and 51 are public colleges and universities. Most (87) of the institutions are four-year colleges or universities, and 20 are two-year institutions. In the past, more than 80 percent of all African-American college graduates have been trained at HBCUs and although they were originally founded to educate African-American students, HBCUs have historically enrolled students of all races and ethnicities. In 2014, non African-American students made up 21 percent of enrollment at HBCUs and this diversity continues to increase over time. Over 100 years later, HBCU graduates are still thriving even more today than African-American graduates of other schools recent studies show. Thus, it is evident that Historically Black Colleges and Universities continue to be a vital resource in the nation's educational system providing pivotal academic and life experiences to those who attend.

Among African-Americans, HBCUs are responsible for graduating:

40% of all Congressmen
40% of Engineers
50% of Professors at non-HBCUs
50% of Lawyers
80% of Judges

Source:
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The best of the best have come from Historically Black Colleges or Universities. Swipe through to see some of your favorite people!

Check out more HBCU Alumni here:

DAVID DINKINS

Howard University

1st African-American Mayor of New York City

 

TONI BRAXTON

Bowie State University

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter

 

REV. JESSE JACKSON

North Carolina A&T State University

Civil Rights Activist

 

PAM OLIVER

Florida A&M University

FOX Sportscaster and Journalist

 

SPIKE LEE

Morehouse College

Award-Winning Film Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor

 

SIMONE MISSICK

Howard University

Film and Television Actress (famous for role in Luke Cage)

 

MARQUETTE KING JR. 

Fort Valley State University

NFL Punter for the Oakland Raiders

 

KESHIA KNIGHT PULLIAM

Spelman College

Film and Television Actress

 

ANTOINE BETHEA

Howard University

NFL Safety for the Arizona Cardinals

 

JAMES A. SILLS, III

Morehouse College

CEO of Mechanics & Farmers’ Bank in North Carolina

 

GLADYS KNIGHT

Shaw University

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter and Actress
 

THURGOOD MARSHALL

Howard University

1st African-American Justice of the Supreme Court

 

EVELYN F. SMALLS

North Carolina Central University

CEO of United Bank of Philadelphia

 

KIMBO SLICE

Bethune-Cookman University

Mixed Martial Artist, Boxer and Occasional Actor

 

JACQUE REID

Clark Atlanta University

Journalist, Television and Radio Personality

 

JERRY RICE

Mississippi Valley State

Hall of Fame NFL Wide Receiver

 

DEBBIE ALLEN

Howard University

Actress, Choreographer, Television Director and Producer

 

JB SMOOVE

Norfolk State University

Actor, Writer and Comedian

 

WILL PACKER

Florida A&M University

Film Producer

 

ROBERTA FLACK

Howard University

Award-Winning American Singer, Songwriter and Musician

 

RICKEY SMILEY

Alabama State University

Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, and Radio Personality
 

WENDY RAQUEL ROBINSON

Howard University

Television Actress (famous for role in The Game)

 

GEORGE ALCORN

Howard University

Inventor of the Imaging X-ray Spectrometer

 

SAMUEL L. JACKSON

Morehouse College

Award-Winning Actor and Film Producer

 

LANCE GROSS

Howard University

Actor, Model and Photographer

 

DAVID BANNER

Southern University

Rapper, Record Producer and Activist

CHARLES OAKLEY

Virginia Union University

Retired NBA Athlete

 

DENISE YOUNG SMITH

Grambling State University

Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources

 

TOM JOYNER

Tuskegee University

Radio Host

 

YANDY SMITH

Howard University

CEO of EGL, Author and Film Producer

 

W.E.B. DUBOIS

Fisk University

African-American Scholar, Activist and NAACP Co-Founder

 

TONI MORRISON

Howard University

Novelist and Nobel Prize Winner

 

EARL G. GRAVES, SR.

Morgan State University

Founder of Black Enterprise Magazine

 

SUSAN KELECHI WATSON

Howard University

Television Actress (famous for role in This Is Us)

 

BEN WALLACE

Virginia Union University

Retired NBA Athlete

 

ALTHEA GIBSON

Florida A&M University

1st African-American Tennis Player to Win Wimbledon, French and U.S. Open Titles

 

SHANNON SHARPE

Savannah State University

Former NFL Tight End

 

PHYLICIA RASHAD

Howard University

Actress, Singer and Stage Director

 

LANGSTON HUGHES

Lincoln University

Poet, Social Activist and Playwright

 

WALE

Bowie State University

Award-Winning Rapper

 

WANDA SYKES

Hampton University

Comedian, Writer and Actress

 

MARLON WAYANS

Howard University

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, and Film Producer

 

JOYCE M. ROCHÉ

Dillard University

CEO of Girls Incorporated

 

DR. DEBORAH A. COLE

Tennessee State University

President of Citizens Bank in Nashville, Tennessee

 

KASIM REED

Howard University

Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

 

YOLONDA ADAMS

Texas Southern University

Award Winning Gospel Singer


 

JOHN W. THOMPSON

Florida A&M University

1st African-American Chairman of Microsoft Corporation

 

WILMA RUDOLPH

Tennessee State University

World-Record-Holding Olympic Track and Field Champion

 

DMITRI STOCKTON

North Carolina A&T State University

Chairman, President and CEO of GE Asset Management

 

SYLVIA TRENT ADAMS

Hampton University

Current Acting Surgeon General of the United States

 

BOB HAYES

Florida A&M University

1st and Only Athlete to Win an Olympic Gold Medal and a Super Bowl

 

LIONEL RICHIE

Tuskegee University

Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter, and Actor