September 9, 2020 |
As the fall semester is already underway virtually for students at Virginia State University, one VSU history course, History 349 – HBCU History, “is getting national attention because it may be the country’s first-ever class to teach about the origins of Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” NBC12 reported.
“African Americans have had a very difficult time having their history acknowledged having their history legitimized,” said Dr. Cheryl Mango, assistant professor of history and the creator of the course.
According to NBC12, “this new 300 level course is a critical analysis reading and writing class that covers a range of historical and cultural topics within Historically Black Colleges and Universities. For example, some of the first HBCU’s were founded in the early 1800s before the Civil War.”
The course – already underway with 21 students enrolled – “will cover how HBCU’s began, their roles in shaping politics, entertainment and culture,” NBC12 reported. It will even highlight some notable graduates.
“HBCU’s are largely responsible for the progress that Black people have made thus far,” Mango said.
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