Cheyney University was founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, making it the oldest HBCU in the nation
Seal of Wilberforce University
President George H. W. Bush signs a new Executive Order on historically black colleges and universities in the White House Rose Garden, April 1989
Daniel Alexander Payne in the early 1890s
North Carolina A&T State University is the largest HBCU in the nation.
Vice President Kamala Harris with black students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Booker T. Washington, educator, orator, and advisor (Hampton)
W. E. B. Du Bois, sociologist, historian, and activist (Fisk)
Thurgood Marshall, first Black Supreme Court justice (Lincoln, Howard)
Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the civil rights movement (Morehouse)
Toni Morrison, acclaimed novelist and Nobel laureate (Howard)
Jesse Jackson, minister and politician (North Carolina A&T)
Ruth Simmons, first African-American president in the Ivy League (Dillard)
Samuel L. Jackson, actor and film producer (Morehouse)
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and media mogul (Tenn State)
Spike Lee, film director and producer (Morehouse)
Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States (Howard)
Taraji P. Henson, actress (Howard)
Common, rapper and actor (Florida A&M)
Chadwick Boseman actor and playwright (Howard)

Wilberforce University is a private historically black university in Wilberforce, Ohio.

- Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University was also established prior to the American Civil War; it was founded in 1856 via a collaboration between the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Ohio and the predominantly white Methodist Episcopal Church.

- Historically black colleges and universities
Cheyney University was founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, making it the oldest HBCU in the nation

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1907 carte-de-visite of Du Bois by James E. Purdy

W. E. B. Du Bois

American sociologist, socialist, historian and Pan-Africanist civil rights activist.

American sociologist, socialist, historian and Pan-Africanist civil rights activist.

1907 carte-de-visite of Du Bois by James E. Purdy
As a child, Du Bois attended the Congregational Church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Church members collected donations to pay Du Bois's college tuition.
The title page of Du Bois's Harvard dissertation, Suppression of the African Slave Trade in the United States of America: 1638–1871
Du Bois in 1904
Founders of the Niagara Movement in 1905. Du Bois is in the middle row, with white hat.
Du Bois, c. 1911
Du Bois in 1918, by C.M. Battey
Du Bois included photographs of the lynching of Jesse Washington in the June 1916 issue of The Crisis.
Du Bois organized the 1917 Silent Parade in New York, to protest the East St. Louis riots.
Du Bois documented the 1919 Red Summer race riots. This family is evacuating their house after it was vandalized in the Chicago race riot.
Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil, first edition cover, 1920
Black Reconstruction in America, first edition cover, 1935
Dusk of Dawn, first edition cover, 1940
Du Bois in 1946, photo by Carl Van Vechten
Du Bois (center) and other defendants from the Peace Information Center prepare for their trial in 1951.
Du Bois meets with Mao Zedong in China in 1959
Du Bois (center) at his 95th birthday party in 1963 in Ghana, with President Kwame Nkrumah (right) and First Lady Fathia Nkrumah
W. E. B. Du Bois, with Mary White Ovington, was honored with a medallion in The Extra Mile.
Bust of W. E. B. Du Bois at Clark Atlanta University

Relying on this money donated by neighbors, Du Bois attended Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1885 to 1888.

In the summer of 1894, Du Bois received several job offers, including from the prestigious Tuskegee Institute; he accepted a teaching job at Wilberforce University in Ohio.