by Dr. Boyce Watkins
When you think about leading HBCUs like Spelma, Morehouse, FAMU and Howard, do you put them in the same category as Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton? Many black people, unfortunately, have been trained to believe that the institutions that educate black students are inferior to those that have mainstream acceptance and visibility.
I’m here to tell you that this is a huge mistake.
The educational investment for a young person is one of the most important decisions that they make. If a campus does not provide a strong environment for intellectual, social and professional development, this student can fall through the cracks, even if they are attending a highly ranked institution.
Another important point of this video is to reiterate the importance of investing in our HBCUs. I give most of my money to HBCUs, not the predominantly white universities that I attended. I do this for at least a couple of reasons: First, these schools earn millions from black athletes already. They don’t need my money and aren’t hiring black professors with it. Secondly, HBCUs can use the money and will put it to good use educating black students.
So, when you consider whether an HBCU or mainstream campus is best for you and your child, I hope you will watch this video. At least make sure you don’t put your own people at the back of the bus.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance PhD and author of the book, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College.”