Black Colleges
In the world we live in today a person can almost choose any college or
university they want to to continue their education upon graduation from high
school. It really doesn\'t matter if it is a four year, two year, or technical
school, there is a school for any person in any major. What draws a person to
attend one certain kind of school compared to another? In this case why is there
an increase in Black students attending Black colleges in the past decade? One
might say, "Well how can you tell that more students are getting into these
colleges, rather than these schools accepting an increased number of students
each year?" These are all important questions to ask, and there are
numerous reasons and causes for schools to increase the number of students they
allow and the number of students wanting to attend these colleges. I have an
older brother and an older sister who both attend a historically black college (HBCU),

Central State University in Wlberforce, Ohio. I have always had a lifelong dream
of attending an HBCU. In fact I was accepted to both Virginia Union in Richmond
and North Carolina A&T in Greensboro before I was accepted into Wright State

University. My main reason for wanting to attend these schools was the history
that they have and the way they made me feel when I went for visits. Those are
my personal reasons for wanting to attend these schools, but there are more than
personal reasons people are starting to have a higher interest in attending
these schools. Lowery 2 For the past three years my church back home in Columbus
has held an annual Black College Tour. It is designed to garner the interest of
the young people at my church and all around Columbus in HBCU\'s. I was a student
the first year and a chaperone the last two. In visiting these schools one can
find that the administration at these colleges and universities do anything they
can to get you admitted to these schools. Almost all of them are rated among the
best schools in the nation, too. These are no small time schools. Some students
are finding it easier to go to HBCU\'s because of the recent Supreme Court
rulings on Affirmative Action. They feel that it will be harder for them to have
an equal chance of being accepted to non Black colleges and universities. Most
of those people don\'t want to put up with all the mess that goes on in those
universities today, where even still, in 1997, people are admitted because of
physical appearances and not mental capabilities ("Straight Talk" 122

123). Speaking in those terms people just do not want to deal with downright
racism. Some HBCU\'s in areas with lots of non Black colleges usually have
increased enrollment due to past histories and events that happened at the
schools. An example was in Florida in 1988. Incidents of racism on the major

White college campuses caused a 19 percent increase at Florida A&M

University in Tallahassee, another HBCU. It was recorded as the largest increase
in enrollment of any of the colleges in the state. Of the 1,876 coeds in the
system, 1,327 were enrolled at Florida A&M, while the other universities
enrolled the rest ("Racism" 22). Even now Florida A&M has
increased enrollment at the school. They reported about 100 more freshman in
this year\'s class than last year\'s (Geraghty A46). There are some students who
are starting to attend HBCU\'s because of their feeling of deprivation of black
culture in their lives. In an article in The Lowery 3 Black Collegian last year,
a young man, only referring to himself as "The Invisible Man" to
readers, wrote to the editor about attending an HBCU after having gone to
predominantly White schools all of his life. He chose to attend a Black school
because, "I felt very intimidated by my ignorance of Black history,
culture, language, and everything else that I have missed in my previous
education" (qtd. in Parker 21). After attending his first semester in
school, "Invisible Man" found he was what he called a "Cultural

Zombie." He chose to stay at the school to educate himself about the
culture that he was left in the cold by his family. He says his family is Black,
but never emphasized being black and the culture that comes with it. One thing
he say\'s he has learned from his unnamed school is who he is and his role as an

African American male (Parker 21). The