The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

Aug 31, 2015

As students and teachers head back to school, West Virginia Public Radio will be airing a four part education series by American Radio Works.  Beginning Monday, August 31st at 8p.m., Living the Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century will be heard, here on WVPB.

Before the civil rights movement, African Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. And so black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU graduates helped launch the civil rights movement, built the black middle class, and staffed the pulpits of black churches and the halls of almost every black primary school before the 1960s. But after desegregation, some people began to ask whether HBCUs had outlived their purpose. Yet for the students who attend them, HBCUs still play a crucial - and unique - role. In this documentary, we hear first-person testimony from students about why they chose an HBCU; and we travel to an HBCU that's in the process of reinventing itself wholesale.

Other shows in the series will include: 

Monday, Sept. 14         Program 2: Teaching Teachers

Monday, Sept. 21         Program 3: Boots to Books: Student Vets & New GI Bill

Monday, Sept. 28         Program 4: Beyond Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools

All shows will be aired at 8 p.m.