For Black History Month, AISD Spotlights HBCUs

For Black History Month, AISD Spotlights HBCUs
Posted on 02/22/2018

As students prepare for the future, they can learn more about historically black colleges and universities.


Black History Month is drawing to a close. But before it ends, Aldine ISD is shining a spotlight on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

The rich history of HBCUs began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for more than 150 years.

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries — and a path of promise toward the American dream — HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. These institutions have nurtured some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois to Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker to Spike Lee to Common.

The Higher Education Act of 1965 defines an HBCU as “… any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.”

HBCUs are, however, open to all students, regardless of race. There are more than 200 HBCUs.

U.S. News compared these HBCUs and ranked them accordingly.

  • No. 1: Spelman College — Spelman is part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, which includes Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine.
  • No. 2: Howard University
  • No. 3: Morehouse College
  • No. 4: Xavier University of Louisiana
  • No. 5: Florida A&M University
  • No. 6: Tuskegee University
  • No. 7: North Carolina A&T State University
  • No. 8: Claflin University
  • No. 9: Fisk University
  • No. 10: Dillard University

Watch a PBS Documentary About HBCUs

To learn more about HBCUs, watch the PBS Independent Lens film Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. This is latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams. It tells the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs.

People can also hear the NPR interview with Nelson and Williams.

Scholarship Opportunities

To learn about African-American scholarship opportunities, contact Denise Keaton at or call (281) 985-6408. She is the coordinator of student financial aid.