Vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris is not only the first woman of color on a major-party presidential ticket, but the first HBCU graduate to claim the honor.
While there are just over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country—representing about 3 percent of higher education institutions—HBCUs have increasingly become a focus for policy makers and politicians, according to Forbes.
HBCUs are historical institutions that were established during times of legal segregation for the purpose of educating Black Americans. Their rich history and culture combined with inclusive campus environments focused around equality and social justice make them a quality choice for students of any racial or ethnic background.
Studies show that HBCU grads are better prepared for life after college and are more engaged at work than non-HBCU graduates. In addition, HBCUs outperform peer institutions in graduating successful Black professionals in a number of fields.
Many prominent celebrities and famous people, public figures are HBCU graduates or have attended an HCBU. Here are ten, just to name a few.
- Oprah Winfrey
- Samuel L. Jackson
- Spike Lee
- 2 Chainz
- Wanda Sykes
- Jesse Jackson
- Langston Hughes
- Toni Morrison
- Randy Jackson
- Lionel Richie
Kamala Harris and other notable HBCU alumni speak highly of their experiences attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
According to Politico, Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick described Harri’s nomination as both “humbling” and “exhilarating.”