Black College Night at OPRF

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

(Courtesy Deb Mittleman, OPRF's parent outreach coordinator)

Do you know what Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Payton, Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Erykah Badu, Yolanda Adams, Spike Lee, and Ralph Ellison have in common?  In addition to being outstanding examples of excellence in their respective fields, they are all graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs have a distinguished past and a significant future in providing higher education for all students throughout our country. 

On Wednesday, May 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Staff Café, Oak Park River Forest High School's Parent Connection will host its first Black College Night, which will highlight the opportunities available for our students at HBCUs.  The evening will include an overview of many of the HBCUs by Jan Honore, president of the Chicago Chapter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and Oak Park resident.  In addition to Ms. Honore, there will be current attendees and recent graduates of HBCUs (many former OPRF students) who will be able to give more detailed information about their respective college or university. 

This will be a working meeting.  If a student likes what he or she hears and is interested in applying to an HBCU, they will have the opportunity to go on line and apply to 36 HBCUs. This common application for HBCUs usually costs $35 to submit but, in support of our Black College Night, EDU Inc. (the sponsor of the HBCU Common Application) has agreed to allow attendees to apply for $20 each. This is just 56 cents per school!     

This meeting is open to all parents and students. It is never too early or too late to start the process for college (Yes, even seniors are welcome several of these schools still have available spots for the fall).  Although the institutions featured are historically black, they welcome and encourage students of all races to apply.

Did you know?

  • HBCUs produce over 50 percent of the country's African-American Professionals
  • Most HBCUs have a significantly lower sticker prices than comparable colleges and universities
  • HBCUs award nearly 30 percent of all baccalaureate and 20 percent of all graduate degrees awarded to African-Americans
  • HBCUs are graduating 50 percent of all African-American teachers
  • HBCUs are graduating 22 percent of African-American students with degrees in science and engineering

Anyone who wishes to register for this event please contact can contact Deb Mittleman at 708-434-3806 or email dmittleman@oprfhs.org.

Contact:
Email: tdean@wjinc.com

Reader Comments

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Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 27th, 2012 2:00 PM

Cont... Either join in and work to eliminate race where ever it keeps anyone left out for not being a certain race, or stay as you are. That goes for all races, including Whites. Take your cause to the Black students at OPRF HS, and tell the students who are behind to pull up their pants, take off their bedroom slippers and get to work.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 27th, 2012 1:57 PM

ih8idiots, check out the editorial on OPRF HS. Blacks are once again staying behind and OPRH HS doesn't even rate in the top 1,000 of schools. Problem is you think I'm a racist so you aren't willing to consider anything. You then group WJ people as racist for letting people comment on here. Black people continue to fail when they follow other Black people who want to say don't talk that White talk. Don't learn from a White teacher. Blacks have only two choices... Cont...

ih8idiots  

Posted: May 27th, 2012 2:24 AM

Q, are you the local Grand Wizard of the KKK? If you're not, you should run for the office. A racist POS such as yourself is a shoe-in. (And WJ, are you people proud of yourselves for being the local preferred racist meeting place? I hope their eyeballs are worth the loss of your reputation.)

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 9:24 PM

Give it a rest Q, I have no idea if it is mandatory training any longer in the Military, but it was required to be educated on minorities to understand the lack of opportunities given to minorities. That was over 40 years ago. The Black's I knew in the Military, except a few in Basic Training, wanted nothing to do with White people. That didn't make me happy, but that is the way it was. You want to keep it that way instead of being open to all races and say it's part of being Black. That's b.s..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 9:20 PM

Give it a rest Q, why do you think there are so many Black's on the news with shootings, drugs, etc.. Why do you think Police, as a Black person will tell you is always stopping Black's. It's not because they are Black. And 95 percent of the time when a check is done on the person stopped, they have an extensive record. That is not a White person's problem. That is a choice that person made, just like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 9:17 PM

Ben Dover, excellent point. Give it a rest Q, is telling Black's what they need to do to feel pride, like holding hands together as a group. There was a very large group of Black's feeling pride on Lake street. They were so proud they were fighting each other and Police needed to break it up. The group was 50 to 70 in size. They just need a Black college to attend to get over that type of behavior.

Ben Dover  

Posted: May 26th, 2012 2:29 AM

Gotta love them racists telling Black people the appropriate way to be Black. Oh, but don't dare call them racists. Because as we all know, calling a racist a racist is now racist.

Give it a rest Q  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 3:18 PM

And he definitely doesn't understand what it is to be black and see black people on the news, black people dead, black people on drugs and in gangs or in prison YOUR WHOLE LIFE..and then step on a campus where you are overwhelmed with black people who are highly educated, esteemed, professionals that don't represent any of what you saw on the west side of Chicago your whole life...and he really doesn't get the motivation that comes from it. That's why its unimportant to him. What about us?

Give it a rest Q  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 3:14 PM

"When it comes down to it, the family feeling -- I didn't feel that at other institutions, because I visited a lot of schools. And this is the only one [where] I felt like I was part of something larger." That's the reason the student in the article I posted chose an HBCU over Stanford, Cornell, and Harvard. Q isn't concerned about that. He does not understand what it is to see a hundred black college students holding hands and all quiet with respect to sing the school hymn with alumni.

Give it a rest Q  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 3:09 PM

..the reason being he refuses to accept how we feel about our own culture as valid. I would never try to tell the Irish what they should do away with in their culture or not to value an inmportant part of their history. I'll bet Q is in favor of us closing HBCs and coming to majority schools but not closing majority schools and the students going to HBCs. http://www.theroot.com/views/16-year-old-famu-freshman-talks-about-choosing-hbcu-over-harvard

Give it a rest Q  

Posted: May 25th, 2012 3:01 PM

Russ you are a great example of a Morehouse Man. I tired of trying to inform this joker. For the record Historically Black Colleges are referred to as Black Colleges or HBCs because the name is long. Black College Night refers to Historically Black Colleges, not who is invited. Interesting how Q has no problem telling us that a part of our history and culture we value is no longer relevant and we should do away with it. He is the reason some kids pick small HBCUs over notable majority schools.

Thanks Diversity Girl   

Posted: May 24th, 2012 6:07 PM

Thank you, Diversity Girl. Great suggestion -- readers, please check out Tim Wise discussing white privilege on YouTube or read one of his articles at timwise.org

diversity girl  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 2:14 PM

continued - when you are a female stopped by an officer for speeding - you have a good chance of not getting a ticket - this is all privilege. When you come from several generations of college graduates - knowledge about the process, and ins and outs are part of your privilege - not always the case for all African Americans. HBCUs like corporate employee resource groups for women, hispanics, gays - are put in place to make things better and to even the playing field, not to discriminate.

diversity girl  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 2:10 PM

I am reading the comments below. There is a series of lectures on youtube by Tim Wise on privilege that I would recommend everyone against HBCUs to view. He is a white activist against racism. When you are not in a historically oppressed group - gay, female, black, hispanic... there is a privilege you receive on a daily basis that you may be totally unaware of. I would equate this privilege to a fireman being pulled over for speeding - once he shows his badge - no ticket

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 4:44 PM

Cont... I'm Black and they won't let me. I will never get into any company so I'm going to stay right were I am and complain. Take the signs off of RACE. The Military took the sign off decades ago, and make it an equal opportunity where any race has the same opportunity of getting shot at, while serving with different races. You have know idea how to break down racial barriers, and that's alright but it's disappointing because people like yourself will keep others from advancing.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 4:41 PM

Cont... Why it says White on it. Asian, Hispanics won't complain at all, and for some reason if you are Black, you feel you deserve something different. President Obama, a very educated man knows exactly what the problem is. "Take off your bedroom slippers and get to work". Was he being racist because you notice a lot of Black's going into 7-11's with bedroom slippers on? Of course not, but he certainly identified the problem and that was laziness and complaining because of Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 4:39 PM

Cont... I also understand why Whites who have moved from a White community that has turned into a Black community can't understand why the neighborhood gets filled with drug dealers and gangs. I certainly understand a lot about minorities and you have no idea how much I really do. I know that it is wrong to have a White Night, a White Dance, a White Club, a White community and not let others in, so that is why we don't have that although Black's will be the first to complain Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 4:36 PM

O from Oak APrk, of course we don't live in a prejudice free country. When you want to state you are having a Black Night, that separates the races. Russ,I know what it means to be a minority when you are in a Black community on the South or West Side. You stand out and you aren't going to be left alone, but if you are Black in a White community, no problem. Yes it isn't fair but that's the way it is. I also understand that Black's are looked upon at how Black neighborhoods are. Cont...

O from Oak APrk  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 3:00 PM

I bet a HBC would teach Q the proper use of an apostrophe. I am sure I will be called a stickler, but when I read this horrible use of grammar, I discount the content. Bad grammar makes me think the points made are authored by a frustrated person who cannot believe that our society allows such entities as HBCs (see, no apostrophe!)to continue to exist. Just because our president is black doesn't mean we live in a prejudice-free country.

Russ  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 1:51 PM

Q, I think the nuances of why there is a Black Night and no White Night are a over your head. I get what you are trying to say, but you don't seem to grasp the the differences or really understand what it means to be a minority both outwardly from a racial standpoint, but also culturally. Unfortunately, there isn't enough space to enlighten you...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 1:26 PM

Cont... opportunity to have their special night, and will require OPRF HS to validate other than race, why they allowed a Black Night to take place. Will there be a Black Night Dance at OPRF HS? If so, there must be a White Night Dance. This type of labeling is no longer acceptable and can not be brushed to the side saying other races can attend the White Dance, or the White Night. Now the White's at OPRF HS can say we are helping in the advancement of Black's. That is OPRF White's ignorance.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 1:21 PM

Cont... OPRF HS is allowing this to take place and if any Historically White College wanted to come into OPRF HS and say White Night, they would never allow it. Russ, a Black man or woman no longer needs a helping hand from White's. It means that Black men and women are still dependent on White's to determine what their futures are. It can no longer be a White and Black thing and the ignorance is on OPRF HS for allowing this. It opens up other races to come in and demand the same Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 1:17 PM

Cont... Russ, it is just wrong now. The signs need to stay down, and not now be put up by Black's. Jan Honore, is she White or Black? Will there be a fair balance of race's from the students who are attending and who have recently graduated? This is obviously a Black event. The name say's it, and Terry Dean points out all of the Black graduates, and the fact that over 50 percent of the country's Black professional have graduated from HBC's points to it being about Black's. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 1:13 PM

Russ, I know you are making very good points, but I don't think it's of value any longer. They existed because it was the only opportunity for most Black's. To have the colleges still recognized as a part of History, that would be well understood, but to point out Black Night, and it is offered to every race, is like calling it Women's Night. How many men are going to attend even if it does say Men welcome. Imagine a toilet door saying Black's Only, but open to all other races. Cont...

Russ  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 12:18 PM

No one is saying that HBCUs are better for blacks in all situations. With that said, far too many younger blacks do not understand or are aware of the legacies of these fine institutions which is why the outreach is necessary. Being smaller schools, HBCUs are often over looked as we become more assimilated.

Russ  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 12:10 PM

Q, it has nothing to do with the learning or teaching methods directly. I had plenty of white professors at Morehouse. It is about the intangible cultures of the schools. The emphasis on leadership, activisim, history, pride, alumni, etc. Graduating from some of these schools is like being in a fraternity or sorority. I assure you the experience cannot be replicated at traditional white universities. cont..

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 11:54 AM

Cont... President Obama said on his closing remarks, take off the bedroom slippers and get to work. I understood what he was saying is it requires work to get educated and not excuses why you aren't getting educated. Russ, when you say Black's will be better in a HBC, you are saying some how they will be taught differently. It doesn't work that way. To learn requires to take off the bedroom slippers and get to work. I don't believe races need to be separated. People can learn from every race.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 11:50 AM

Cont... Maybe there should be hospitals that are mainly for Black's so they can get better care because Black doctors know what Blacks need. Maybe Black communities would better suit Blacks so they can go to all Black businesses. Maybe there should be companies that only hire Black's so they are better understood with the difference in the way they work. Only think is I don't believe any of that. I think just like what President Obama said when addressing a Black group Cont....

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 11:47 AM

Russ, I think I am better understanding the needs you are expressing the Black's are better off at a school for their own kind so they can build up their own self esteem knowing that it's a college that is Historically a Black college and they know how to better reach students then the White colleges who don't understand how to teach Black students. I don't know why there is a difference in learning but if you think Black's will learn better at a HBC, then it's a good idea. Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 11:44 AM

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois, it's understandable that HBC's will take White students because they are required to, but how many White students know about HBC's and shouldn't a college recruiting night be named differently so White's know they are welcome to attend. Maybe a different name for the event would suit everyone better.

Russ  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 9:50 AM

Q, by definition, most universities are white schools. There is no need for them to advertise that fact as it is obvious. For many students, HBCUs provide an escape from being the "only one" and provide a sense of pride in culture and heritage that is sometimes missing. These schools can provide a meaningful and enriching environment that often goes beyond mere academics.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 10:56 PM

Q - There is no segregation issue. White students are accepted at Black schools. This is about recruiting students to a school that might better serve their needs.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 10:51 PM

Dave Coulter, are you saying that White's should be going to a mainly White school. I really don't like the idea of segregating races. I like to think that if there were one person from each race, raised together, that they would learn from each other, and depend on each other. I like to think that by the continual goal of bringing races together that some day there won't need to be a reason to determine who is best for the job by race.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 7:40 PM

I think that a kid might like attending a school for a few years where (most) everyone looks like him or her. If it helps one become a successful student I'm for it.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 6:06 PM

Russ, it was mentioned on this post bulletin that White Colleges have banners in High Schools to promote White colleges. I suggested HBC should do the same, but if HBC's don't have money for marketing then they should be able to rely on being a HBC and predominately White high schools should help so it's good OPRF is having Black Night so students don't need to search only on what a college offers, but they are also a Black college.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 5:54 PM

We don't have to destroy ethnic heritage to bring down borders.

Russ  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 3:50 PM

Q, holding events like this is just one of the many ways these schools are promoted. HBCUs don't have billion dollar endowments and multi-million dollar sports teams used to promote the schools. There are many blacks who aren't familiar with the legacies of these schools; particularly, now that we have more options than ever to attend traditional colleges and universities.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 3:19 PM

Get it together, "Give it a rest Q", Imply! Why does it take a traditionally White high school to make Black's aware that Black colleges exist. You are implying that Black's are not as knowledgeable as White's are so they don't know they exist. It's nice that White's at the school are working to make Black's aware of Black college's but it's time Black college's start to actively promote Black colleges, unless you think Black colleges aren't knowledgeable enough to do that too.

Give it a rest Q  

Posted: May 20th, 2012 8:10 PM

I think the HBCs are "bringing attention to Blacks that they do exist" by having a college night at a high school. There was no point that Dr.King did not let anything stop him from achieving his goals. You implied he didn't go to a HBC and that is false. And you ignore that his education at an HBC qualified him to be a candidate for the PhD that made him "able to move on with his career." Dude please, he was a civil rights leader and a pastor..no PhD required for either gig/calling anyway buddy

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 20th, 2012 12:07 PM

Dwight is intentionally ignorant, a traditionally White High School breaking barriers is making it possible to have a Black College night. You may consider what you feel is important to you by contacting Black Colleges and letting them know they need banners and other promotional material in other schools. OPRF is doing the best they can but it's time Black Colleges bring attention to Black's that they do exist.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 20th, 2012 11:59 AM

Where did Dr. King graduate undergrad? I'm glad you know your history of Dr. King. It's with his Ph.D., he was able to move on with his career. If the Historically Black Colleges at the time offered what he needed, he may have attended at a Historically Black College. The point is he did not let anything stop him in achieving his goals.

Where did Dr. King graduate undergrad?  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 11:23 PM

Especially you Q...you're diverse and love your fellow man and all that good stuff. You invoked his name. You might want to know where the man who got a Ph.D from Boston University CHOSE to go to undergrad. You might also want to know that he pledged a historically black fraternity (only one founded at an Ivy League school) at his "white" school...as much as he loved white people and he is quoted that didnt change him going to (fill in the blank) for college or pledging (fill in the blank).

Dwight is intentionally ignorant  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 11:17 PM

These comments are so obviously "outsider" comments that it's sad. You all think Oak Park is so diverse because we live next to each other but if you don't have any more appreciation for what is important to us it means nothing. There is no doubt that every black OPRF student will be exposed to non HBCs. Go into the school. The posters and pennants etc are posted all over the office. Contrast this with one day black colleges come in to say "Hey we exist too." Its to expose them not force them.

Dwight is intentionally ignorant  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 11:11 PM

This is one of those times when having black friends isn't helping you hear how we feel or who we are. It's called black college night because we call HBCs black colleges. At a time only blacks went there and they went there out of necessity more than choice. Now people choose to and are proud to say they are the 3rd, 4th, 5th generation from a school. You will not see school pride in black students anywhere like you do at HBCs. The students genuinely love the schools and brag about the heritage

Dwight is intentionally ignorant  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 11:04 PM

Unless non-black students are not invited or banned from the event, the assumption that its for blacks only is poor. This is diverse Oak Park, take your kid and tell them to consider a HBC also. Being upset that these schools promote their heritage of historically serving black college students when no one else did is a joke. I saw multiple white cheerleaders and football players on the field of a HBC football game. Non-whites aren't banned from these schools they just usually aren't interested.

Dwight is intentionally ignorant  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 10:58 PM

Q from Oak Park: before Dr. King was "Dr" where did he get his bachelor's from? Seeing as how the most noted black schools are from the late 1800s, asking when the Mexican and Asian colleges are going to come out is kind of weak a century and half later in a completely different contextual world. @ Local Guy, Notre Dame does in fact describe itself as a Catholic university. I have yet to see any non Catholic say they are discriminated against because of the heritage of the school.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 1:11 PM

Cont... when he or she is just as qualified as other race, then that is discrimination. You may want to promote Black people to attend Black colleges, but make sure you are not recommending them only on race, and also consider that the colleges may not be the best choice for every Black person, unless the idea is to have African-American's attend an exclusively Black college when they can now attend any college.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 1:05 PM

Cont... Of course Percy Julian was a very intelligent person, but it was his determination to succeed that determined his achievement. He wanted to have a teaching assistant position but his race kept that from happening. Julian relied on small grants to keep working in Harvard's state-of-the-art laboratories. He then moved to a Black college so he could become a Professor, and you should read all about his accomplishments. If an African-American is still denied an opportunity when, Cont...

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 1:00 PM

Cont... Julian was valedictorian of his class and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. His success inspired his brothers and sisters to enroll in and graduate from DePauw too, and for his parents to move to Greencastle, Indiana. Julian entered Harvard in 1922 and got his master's degree one year later, once again finishing at the top of his class. Cont....

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 12:57 PM

Here's a quote from Percy Julian, "On my first day in College, I remember walking in and a white fellow stuck out his hand and said 'How are you? - Welcome!' I had never shaken hands with a white boy before and did not know whether I should or not." That was 1916 and a White student welcomed him. Of course nothing was easy for Percy, he had to earn money and lived in the attic of a fraternity house, but By the time he graduated with a B.A. in chemistry in 1920, Cont.....

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 12:55 PM

Percy Julian,The segregated elementary school that Percy Julian attended offered no science classes. Nor was there a high school for African Americans in Julian's home town of Montgomery. Julian's father tried to steer him away from becoming a scientist because there were no opportunities for an African-American. Percy was determined to become a Scientist, and in 1916 Julian left Alabama to attend the mostly white DePauw University in Indiana. Cont....

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 19th, 2012 12:52 PM

Terry Dean, you may want to take into consideration why the people you have listed went to Black Colleges. Consider where they were born, the years they were born, and where Blacks already considered where they would attend college. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received his Ph.D., from Boston University, and you can mention many notable African-American's who have attended colleges that are not known as Historically Black Colleges. If you would like to mention someone closer to Oak Park, Cont....

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 11:00 PM

Dwight Jackson from Oak Park, you are correct how race is traded. Local Guy is right about bringing the barriers down or don't but don't pick and choose. I understand fully about colleges not declaring themselves as a White college because at one time it was, so it doesn't need to declare that now, and if a college discriminates against races, that is the time to call out that college.

Dwight Jackson from Oak Park  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 7:00 PM

I agree with Q and Local guy. In today's word it is wrong to hold events based on race. I always try to be race neutral. What would we think if OPRF held a "white night" college event. Well, I think we all know the reaction. My name always telegraphs me as a black male, but I try to never seperate or align myself along racial lines. This is how the race barrier will truely be broken. The fact is, race is traded like currency in America. Sad but true. It is leverage for financial gain.

Local guy  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 5:36 PM

It's fair to say that if Notre Dame described itself as a "Historically White College," people would be very critical. Even if they now admit black students. Either demand that all barriers come down or don't. Don't pick and choose the barriers you like.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 2:43 PM

Cont... first need to build a college and then say it is available for races that aren't allowed to go to other colleges. Try not to explain to me how listing something by race is going to help. If a person qualifies then a person is allowed to join. You keep identifying race as the problem, you will keep hearing from races that they can't get something because they are of a certain race. Stop setting up excuses and let all people have an opportunity based on their own ability.

Q from Oak Park  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 2:37 PM

Every time there is a specific event, college etc., mentioned by race, it adds to the separation of race. If this is something the majority of the people want, then lets not break down the racial barriers because the majority of races obviously don't want it. I don't think there should be any White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, etc., colleges, etc.. Since the school has determined this is a good thing, when is the Mexican college, Asian college, etc., opportunities available or do colleges Cont...

Dwight is intentionally ignorant  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 2:33 PM

because they had nothing in the way of our resources but we had nothing in the way of their preparation. Please don't make me get started on the engineers, COO, MD, biologist and more I know from Howard, Spelman,Tuskegee, Tennessee State and so on...all of them CPS grads. Whites and other non-blacks go to HBCs, check Tuskegee's vet program. At least one white student was voted student body president of Morehouse in the last 20 years. Segregation is wen u cant go not when u just dont wanna go.

Dwight is intentionally ignorant  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 2:26 PM

Of my friends/classmates that went to HBCUs versus "regular" schools like myself I can easily name more doctors (MD or PhD)and PhD candidates proportionately from the HBCs. In college I had HBC alumni friends that were in grad school and then in grad school, classmates that came from HBCs. They were all better students and better prepared academically than the majority of black students I knew from my regular school. They were from Delaware State, Hampton, and FAMU..and I was amazed

Dwight is intentionally ignorant  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 2:19 PM

Howard- produced more Black General Officers than any other university. Morehouse- Three Rhodes Scholars, several national figure alumni, ranked by Wall Street Journal in 03 as a top 50 feeder into top tier professional and grad programs. Xavier- ranks first in pre med programs that place blacks in med school,also known for high fielding of blacks in the sciences. Tuskegee- accounts for close to 75% of black veterinarians. They don't promote segregation anymore than Notre Dame or DePaul.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 1:08 PM

Dwight - many of the "historically white" school are still ultra-white. The public colleges-universities great steps on integrating schools but that was by law. The laws for private schools requires that minorities be accepted, but have more freedom of choice - black and white. HBCU's provide an important role in the country's education system. We need to concentrate more on the national educational goals and less on trying to identify exclusions.

Dwight Jackson from Oak Park  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 12:20 PM

HBCUs are no longer a useful environment. They promote segregation and are a liability in today's workforce. I recommend a "regular" college or university. Hey, many other colleges and Univ were historically white at one time. I don't see them promoting this in their selling message. P.S. Spike Lee is a fool.

Russ  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 11:08 AM

As a graduate of an HBCU, I really hope these schools can maintain their presence and achievements. While some of these schools can't offer Div I Football and uber-luxurious dorm rooms, they more than make up for it with superior educations and opportunities. Hopefully, our young people today won't be blinded by the shiny brochures of the large traditional universities.

well seeking..  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 8:10 AM

I guess truth is here helped you out. But just so you can avoid looking like an ignoramus again in the future. Quick history on Historically Black Colleges...they had to start since the students (who were black) were not allowed to go to most colleges (also known as white colleges). When white colleges finally started enrolling black students, well these schools had already been around for generations and decided they were good enough to stick around. Imagine that. Or should we close them now?

truth is here  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 7:10 AM

@seeking, black college take white kids, so you can go to the black college night. or just head south and you can go to any of the historically racist colleges which can easily be identified with the rebel flag flying over the school or the statehouse of the state. Respectfully yours from a white parent with white children who are not being taught to be racist a$$holes.

seeking truth from oak park  

Posted: May 18th, 2012 5:42 AM

When would be the white college night, since we are not black ant information would help. Thanks

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