Looking at the African Diaspora through the Black Higher Education System
Author: Lawerence Shipmon
Faculty Mentor: Professor Tru Levertte
Florida is home to four Historical Black Colleges/Universities (in order from first established to last established): Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida Memorial University, Edward Waters College, and Bethune Cookman University. HBCU were built to serve the educational needs of black Americans, because many black Americans were not allowed to attend other schools known as predominantly white institutions (PWI). HBCU were built mainly on similar principals, so how has the HBCUs held up the standard that they have set for themselves and how have they worked toward continuing the legacy that their founders have set and that FAMU has set? Through visiting the campuses and their museums, as well as interviewing alumni and current students I will be able to provide multiple perspectives on how HBCU values have been upheld on campus and how they have been executed through their students’ lives.