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The Fierce Five: Virginia HBCUs – Richmond magazine

Virginia’s five Historically Black Colleges and Universities are still here and still relevant. Here, we list some of their latest developments.
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September 22, 2015
1:17 PM
Historically Black Colleges and Universities hold a proud tradition across the country, having grown into institutions that consistently produce top talent in a variety of academic fields. In the Higher Education Act of 1965, Congress defined an HBCU as “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.” Virginia is home to five of the 105 HBCUs nationwide:
Hampton University 100 E. Queen St., Hampton, Virginia
A Hampton University student in one of the school’s science labs. (Photo courtesy Hampton University)
Norfolk State University 700 Park Ave., Norfolk, Virginia
Photo courtesy Norfolk State University
Virginia Union University 1500 N. Lombardy St., Richmond, Virginia
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chairman Roslyn M. Brock is a VUU alumnus, as well as L. Douglas Wilder, the first African-American governor of Virginia — and the first African-American governor of any state in the country. (Photo by Ayasha Sledge)
Virginia State University 1 Hayden Drive, Petersburg, Virginia
Virginia State University’s campus. (Photo by Jay Paul)
Virginia University of Lynchburg 2058 Garfield Ave., Lynchburg, Virginia
Humbles Hall on Virginia University of Lynchburg’s campus. (Photo courtesy Virginia University of Lynchburg)
Are HBCUs still relevant in the country’s current academic climate? How are they contributing to the academic success of today’s students? Read our feature on Virginia’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities here.
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September 22, 2015
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