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The History of Historically Black Colleges

By David A. Tomar

When Richard Humphreys arrived in Philadelphia from the British Virgin Islands in 1764, he was still in his teens. But even then, the young Quaker was disturbed by the conditions facing African Americans in his new city. Like most adherents to Quaker principles, Humphrey was vocal in his opposition to slavery and donated freely to abolitionist causes. He was increasingly convinced that education was at least one key to improving lives for black Americans.

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HBCU students are invited to apply for Apple's WWDC Scholarship to attend Apple's exclusive developer's conference. To apply, you must be enrolled in a course of study at a TMCF member-school and create a Swift Playground that showcases your development potential. Submissions open 3/27 and close 4/2. Be sure to specify Thurgood Marshall College Fund on your application when you apply! 
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The 2017 HBCU All- Star application is now available! The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation, and sustainability. The Initiative will recognize undergraduate, graduate,...
Birthed from the HBCU Freshman Cookout/Send-off, the Council recognized that the returning HBCU students equaled and/or outnumbered the new students for the fall. Thinking that every opportunity is an opportunity for engagement for continual and optimal growth of the organization, the concept of adopting a group of HBCU students from the Greater Cleveland area was in order. Much like how the Council, which was founded in July 1975 by Sylvester Reed, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute (now University), is a consortium of local alumni and supporters of the public and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Anthony H. Brown (Bethune-Cookman University), the sitting president for the 2016-18 term, thought to establish this student affiliate representing the same demographic of institutions. The Council would serve as a support system to this student body by providing students with opportunities of engagement throughout the year and during seasonal school break.
Through various initiatives, primarily led by the Young Alumni Council, the (CCBCAA) Inter-Collegiate Pre-Alumni Council would:
  • Serve as an extended collegiate family for students;
  • Support activities of the Council that relate to student recruitment, advocacy, fundraising and development;
  • Participate in annual activities during seasonal school breaks; and
  • Develop a pipeline for and to build connections for careers, volunteer opportunities and further support local alumni association membership and engagement.
This group is open to all HBCU Students that reside in the Northeast Ohio Area. Contact Sarah Coulter (Hampton University) to join the GROUP ME App, to be highlighted on our website or for more information. We look forward to seeing you this summer.
Which HBCU or organization will have the most pre-registered participants? Here is the list so far...
1 - Bethune-Cookman University
1 - Florida A&M University
3 - Hampton University
3 - Howard University
1 - Lincoln University (PA)
2 - North Carolina A&T State University
2 - Tennessee State University
1 - Tuskegee University
To get started give the UNCF Northern Ohio office a call at 216.781.8623
or send an email for more information.
We welcome news from the any of the local HBCU alumni chapters, alumni affairs office, or any National Alumni Association that highlights or benefits alumni from the Northeast Ohio area. Just reply to this email and share your information or alumni nomination.
Google opens Howard University West to train black coders
Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY

Google will open "Howard West" on its campus in Mountain View, Calif., a Silicon Valley outpost for the historically black university where computer science majors can immerse themselves in coding instruction and tech…

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