American RadioWorks documentary: The Living Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century

Howard University graduation ceremony
Members of the class of 2015 at Howard University participated in a graduation ceremony.
Courtesy of Emily Hanford

Before the civil rights movement, African-Americans were largely barred from white-dominated institutions of higher education. So black Americans, and their white supporters, founded their own schools, which came to be known as Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They still play a unique role. In this American RadioWorks documentary, we hear from students about why they chose an HBCU, and we travel to an HBCU that's in the process of reinventing itself wholesale.

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