Barbara Thompson's Statement
HBCUs have a long standing history
HBCU's have a long standing history, dating back more than a century (post-slavery), of educating African American students. Various religious denominations established private schools and colleges to train and educate "freedmen" for a post-slavery economy. These very people had previously been forbidden to learn to read and write, hence had no opportunity to go to already established schools that had historically educated the sons and daughters of plantation owners and southern gentry. These schools have endured against the odds (lack of adequate resources) and have produced graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their local communities as well as nationally and internationally. Still to this day opportunities to obtain higher education are being met by these schools. Consider the impact of not having these HBCU's today.
Federal legislation (the Morrill Act)
In the Federal legislation (the Morrill Act) made provision for the
establishment of Agricultural and Teaching Colleges for Blacks in southern states modeled after the Land Grant Schools. While these schools were racially segregated, they provided opportunities for civic, personal and economic development. Most of these schools are still actively educating students today. In recent times some state legislatures have enacted legislation requiring admission of all students even providing student aid to white students to attend previously segregated State Colleges (Check TN State, Jackson State, MS, and AL State).
Tougaloo College graduate
Former LCC administrator and current administrator at Pennsylvania State University
LCC Foundation Barbara Thompson Scholarship Award