Nine HBCUs come together to celebrate 150 years of black excellence
Events are planned throughout the year, and anniversary celebrations kick off this week
As the 2017 fall semester unfolds, nine historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are celebrating their 150th anniversaries. There are more than 100 HBCUs in the United States, but only a handful can trace their origins to 1867, shortly after slavery was prohibited.
Now, Alabama State University, Barber-Scotia College, Fayetteville State University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, Saint Augustine’s University and Talladega College are celebrating their sesquicentennial milestone as HBCUs across the nation seek ways to thrive in 21st-century American education.
To honor the occasion, a joint one-week celebration is happening on all nine campuses this week.
According to the HBCU-9’s official website, the institutions will host an array of events, including worship services, tree-planting ceremonies, spoken-word competitions and a writing competition on the importance of HBCUs.
Thursday through Saturday, Morgan State University will host a summit for leaders, faculty, students and alumni of these institutions. A conversation about the legacies, achievements and challenges facing each institution will also take place.
The HBCU-9 chancellors and presidents will speak with national education leaders and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they wrap up their 47th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
The celebration is happening a few days after the 2017 National HBCU Week Conference concludes in Washington, D.C. Last Monday, the White House selected consultant and former NFL player Johnathan M. Holifield to be the next executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs.
Here’s how the HBCU-9 schools celebrated the anniversary on social media:
Howard University:#HowardU150 #HU150
— W_yne _.I. Frederick (@HUPrez17) June 9, 2017
— Howard University (@HowardU) March 8, 2017
— Howard University (@HowardU) March 7, 2017
— Howard University (@HowardU) March 3, 2017
Alabama State University: #ASU150
— Alabama News Network (@ALNewsNetwork) July 18, 2017
— MyASU_MAAC9 (@ASUMAAC9) September 7, 2017
Fayetteville State University
— FSU Public Relations (@fsu_pr1867) August 16, 2017
Johnson C. Smith University
JCSU celebrates the start of its 150th school year https://t.co/OMLeb2kf8W
— Charlotte Observer (@theobserver) August 15, 2016
— Dedrick Russell WBTV (@dedrickrussell) April 9, 2017
— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) February 14, 2017
— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) February 24, 2017
Morgan State University
Morgan Recognizes Its 150th Anniversary with a New Digital Ad in Times Square – Morgan State University Newsroom https://t.co/oN2sGl4hwG
— David Wilson (@morganpres) September 15, 2017
Saint Augustine’s University
Talladega College has not announced its schedule of events.