U.S. history is a fascinating subject,
one of confusion and struggles, determination and triumph. As an American
who has studied my history and the histories of other nations, I can’t
think of a more fascinating success story than that of the Historically
Black Colleges and universities of the United States. Having very humble
beginnings, freed black slaves had to face severe oppression, scarce financial
resources and negligible guidance in their new responsibility to provide
education for themselves. They overcame these obstacles. What makes this
a truly exceptional success story? A total of 105 of these schools are
still educating students today!
However, if a poll was conducted today, most Americans
would not know what the acronym HBCU represents. The history of these
schools are very much a national, even an international achievement, one
to be discussed, highlighted and referenced. Likewise, the lack of awareness,
and media exposure for these institutions, is a tremendous disservice
A U.S. Postage stamp series will give credible, national,
ongoing exposure to this very unique group of American schools. The stamp
themes could be educational and entertaining by recognizing notable alumni,
faculty and HBCU events.
Our nation should do more to promote and recognize HBCU’s.
These fantastic institutions posses rich culture and tradition that could
only have been born of struggle and triumph. A country’s history
is something the people can either live by or learn from, equally, Americans
should have more basic exposure to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
There is so much more to add on behalf the schools. They
have earned all the recognition and affection bestowed upon them.