(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.

Join the discussion on social media!

66 replies on “Black College Night at OPRF”