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Historically Black Colleges and Universities TimeLine

1950s - Present

Why HBCUs?
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1954: Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka

The decision of Brown v. Board of Education helped rid the legal basis for racial segregation in higher education and initiated reform throughout the United States (Brown Foundation, 2008).

1965: Higher Education Act allows the federal government to provide funding aid for HBCUS

1996: Spelman College is ranked as the leading liberal arts college in the south. This is the first time an HBCU places first in a National survey of colleges (The HBCU Network, 2008).

1997: FAMU is selected by Time Magazine as their first ever “College of the Year” (The HBCU Network, 2008).