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Hopkins hosts HBCU fair

Feb 21, 2020

With Black History Month continuing to make a great impact on HHS students, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) fair on Feb. 19 proved to be a success in educating students on the importance of HBCUs.

AVID 12 students put on the display in the commons and represented roughly 20 HBCUs, though there are over 100 of them in the United States. 

After the signing of the Higher Education Act in 1965, HBCUs have been defined as, “Any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans,” according to the U.S. Department of Education. 

Kytal Price, senior, saw great benefit in producing content about HBCUs.

“Hopkins is a very diverse school and I think HBCUs should be represented just as well as normal schools that aren’t focused on the black community or a diverse community in general,” Price said. “It’s good to expose everyone, especially people of color, to a place that they will feel welcomed.”

Since the founding of Cheyney University in 1837, HBCUs have become a popular destination for many students and has produced a strong list of alumni from Martin Luther King Jr., to Oprah Winfrey.

With the ultimate goal of informing students on HBCUs, Price felt a sense of pride in creating her project. 

“My favorite part about making this project is knowing that I am able to provide information to students who might not know about HBCUs,” Price said.

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