Virginia State University is now offering what could be the nation’s first higher education course in the history of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This is the first semester that the course is being offered. It quickly filled to capacity.
The 300-level course – HBCU History – covers a range of historical and cultural topics including: the schools’ origins; political activism; roles in creating the Black middle and upper class; sports, music, campus life and culture; funding sources; contributions to America; roles in African decolonization; notable alumni/ae; past, present, and future challenges and much more.
The course was created by Cheryl Mango, an assistant professor of history at Virginia State University. “HBCUs, though lauded for their contributions, are no exception when it comes to the need for serious academic study of their historical trajectories,” says Dr. Mango. “In light of the battle for scholarly confirmation, I believe that HBCU History and HBCU Studies classes are the next frontier for Black colleges.”
Dr. Mango is a graduate of Grambling State University in Louisiana, where she double majored in history and political science. She holds a master’s degree in history from Louisiana Tech and a Ph.D. in history from Morgan State University in Baltimore.