Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCUs): History And Future

Apr 30, 2015

Johnson C. Smith University is an HBCU located in Charlotte.


For years, the only options for higher education open to African-Americans were what have come to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. But today, HBCU’s face many challenges from low graduation rates to low enrollment rates. They are no longer “the only game in town,” and competition for students is intense. We talk with some HBCU leaders around the state about that and the strategies they’re using to stay afloat and even thrive.

Dr. Phillip Clay
- Professor of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of "Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Facing the Future"

Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard - Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte; "Johnson C. Smith: An HBCU for the 21st Century"

Elwood Robinson - Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University;  "The History and Importance of the HBCU Experience," TedxAugusta

WFAE News: ​HBCUs Seek To Distinguish Themselves In Competition For Students