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VSU Offers History Making Course in HBCU History

Published date: August 19, 2020

Course Highlights the Untold Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Virginia State University, VA- 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 (HBCU). 

History 342-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 alums; past, present, and future challenges and much more.

The course was created by Dr. Cheryl Mango, Assistant Professor of History. “HBCUs, though lauded for their contributions, are no exception when it comes to the need for serious academic study of their historical trajectories,” says 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.” 

Fall 2020 is the first semester that the course is being offered.  It quickly filled to capacity. thereby demonstrating the high demand for courses that examine the diverse black college experience.  “It is our hope that VSU has begun a trend that all school systems, particularly fellow HBCUs will follow, says Dr. Donald Palm, VSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “With the proper understanding and analysis from the institutions’ actual stakeholders, HBCUs can rightfully move from the periphery of African-American history, to take their rightful place as a central part of American and educational History.” 

VSU believes history serves as the resume’ for all human activity.  This course will further document African and African-American accomplishments and the invaluable contributions of black and brown people to the birthing and expansion of the human species.