Black University Culture

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Culture may be forgotten but it can never be erased. The first Historically Black University was founded in 1837, its key purpose being to educate African Americans. Although times have changed, this focal point remains and is a reason many Black students choose to attend HBCUs today. Other influences include these schools’ focus on A.A.-oriented curriculum, traditions that emphasize African-based culture, and overall promotion of racial unity among students. These institutions have exhibited a profound positive effect on their current and former students. However, there are some who deem these organizations as unnecessary in such a diverse world. They believe by dismantling these establishments that segregation said to exist in these environments…show more content…
In contrast, the A.A. students at majority colleges often associate primarily with each other. They find it hard to identify with their Caucasian counterparts and consequently isolate their selves. Although there are a number of student organizations in existence at HBCUs, they are not perceived as a form of isolation. There seems to be a higher comfort level among undergraduates at Black colleges. Many times, Black students at majority schools feel as though they have to put on a façade in order to “fit-in” with students of other races. The family-oriented environment of HBCUs allows students to let their guards down without fear of being ostracized or judged. Each student feels connected to one another, as well as closely related to their ancestors who established these universities. Kinship is an essential aspect of Black college history and part of an important basis for the continuation of HBCUs. The significance of the history of HBCUs is cherished not only by past and present students, but as well as future students. Many prospective undergraduates are attracted to these establishments because of the rich history and traditions they exude. These institutions have been in existence for over one hundred and fifty years. The act
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