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Tuskegee University President Shows the Value of the Nation’s HBCUs

Dr. Gilbert Rochon, president of Tuskegee University in Alabama, offers a convincing argument on the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States. He provides statistics on how HBCUs serve to level educational achievement gaps between Black and Whites and shows how these institutions are valued employers and members of their communities.


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  1. Tom says:

    Points well taken Dr. Rochon. Thank you for the enlightenment.

  2. Bill Lowman says:

    I completely agree with all that Dr. Rochon said with regard to the value of HBCUs; and it is time to recognize that HBCUs were created under duress without the opportunity to construct an institutional model based on the best of Africanity. JIM CROW terrorism and white supremacist propaganda has prevented Africans in the diaspora from realizing that we represent a unique cultural heritage, as well as the unique historical position of being the fathers and mothers of human existence on the planet earth. We have no reason to apologize for our existence. HBCUs are needed all over the diaspora and in the mother land to combat the myth of black inferiority, and to honor our rightful legacy of the best and brightest humanity has to offer.

  3. Dr. Leonard L. Haynes III says:

    President Rochon’s comments on the value of HBCUs to the nation can not be said enough. Indeed, if HBCUs did not exist today America would have to create them because they are critical to meeting the higher education needs of the nation.

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