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Educators in Higher Education


Skim the article on "African American Religion in the Nineteenth Century" for an overview of the role of religious institutions in the African American community.  Then read "The History of Black Colleges and Universities."

Visit  Wilberforce University, Bethune-Cookman College,  Howard University, Jackson State College history and other HBCU web sites. Complete the chart below for the sites you visit.

Find out what a college president's day is like  by following Julius Chambers: A day in the life of the chancellor of  N. C. Central University.

The first African American to  head a large predominantly white  university  was Clifton R. Wharton, Jr. Howard's current president, H. Patrick Swygert, left the helm of  SUNY-Albany to assume leadership in Washington.. He discussed "Challenges, Change, and the Future of Howard University" at the 1995 Opening Convocation.  Last month, in an interview for The Washingtonian, President Swygert explained why he is "Reaching High."

Howard graduate, Irvin D. Reid, is president of Wayne State University.  A significant number of blacks have been appointed to community colleges according to the author of  African American Leadership, Power, and Influence in Community Colleges.

Washington, DC native,  Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson,  joined the ranks of U. S. college presidents on July 1, 1999 when she assumed the top position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She was featured on the cover of the March issue of  Black Issues in Higher Education

Is there still a need for historically black colleges and universities?  Cynthia L. Frierson summarizes a survey of the perceptions of some African American educators. What do you think?
Name Date founded Religious Affiliation #Schools,Colleges Student  Services

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