Historically Black Colleges & Universities
The Black college (HBCUs) legacy of producing some of the world’s most iconic heroes in almost everyone walk
of life is documented in American history. In their heyday, there were driven to prepare students and athletes to exhibit the highest standards of excellence which is still on display today.
Below are the gatekeepers who manage their ongoing participation.
Bowie State is Maryland’s oldest historically black university and is one of the ten oldest in the country. Notable alumni include Christa McAuliffe, Toni Braxton, and Gwendolyn T. Britt
Location: Baltimore, Md.
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Notable Alumni: Henry N. Tisdale, Cassandra Maxwell Birney, Robert Bates, Roger Kenton Williams., Leo Twiggs.
Ranked as the best liberal arts college in South Carolina in 2014 and in 2018 as the seventh-best HBCU in the nation by US News & World Report.
Elizabeth City State University was founded to provide training for more teachers of primary grades. Parts of the campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notable alumni include Larry Johnson Sr., Kenny Williams, Jethro Pugh, and Bobby Futrell.
Location: Elizabeth City, N.C.
Fayetteville State University is the second oldest state-supported school in North Carolina. Notable alumni include Jerry C. Johnson, Sylvester Ritter, Darrell Armstrong, and Jim Bibby.
Location: Fayetteville, N.C.
Johnson C. Smith University was established as Biddle Memorial Institute. Notable alumni include Trezzvant Anderson, Frederick C. Branch, Draff Young, and Edward R. Dudley.
Location: Charlotte, NC
Mascot: Golden Bulls
Lincoln University was the United States’ very first degree-granting historically black university. It was founded as a private university, but became public in 1972. Notable alumni include Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, Cab Calloway, Christian Fleetwood, and Clarence M. Mitchell Jr.
Location: Chester County, Pa.
Founded in 1854
Livingstone College began as Zion Wesley Institute and was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. Notable alumni include George Lincoln Blackwell, Ben Coates, Philip A. Payton Jr., and Solomon Carter Fuller.
Location: Salisbury, N.C.
Mascot: Blue Bears
Saint Augustine’s University was founded by prominent Episcopal clergy for the education of freed slaves. It was the United States’ first historically black college to have its own commercial radio and television stations located on campus.
Notable alumni include Luther Barnes, Hannah Diggs Atkins, Bessie and Sadie Delany, and William McBryar.
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Shaw is known as “the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina,” and is the oldest HBCU in the South. Notable alumni include Gladys Knight, Richard Gene Arno, Shirley Caesar, James H. Young, and Angie Brooks.
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Virginia State University was America’s first fully state-supported four-year institution of higher learning for black citizens. Notable alumni include Rashae Barnes, Herman Branson, Camilla Williams, and Larry Brooks.
Founded in 1882
Location: St Petersburg, Va.
Virginia Union University was founded to give the newly emancipated men an opportunity for education. Notable alumni include Simeon Booker, Walter Fauntroy, Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., Eugene Kinckle Jones, and Wyatt T Walker.
Founded in 1865
Location: Richmond, Va.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) was founded in 1913. A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and participates on the Division II level.
Location: Albany, GA
Mascot: Golden Rams
Location: Columbia, SC
Location: Wilberforce, OH
Location: Atlanta, GA
Location: Knoxville, TN
Mascot: No Sports
Location: Fort Valley, GA
Location: Frankfort, KY
Location: Jackson, TN
Location: Memphis, TN
Location: Fairfield, AL
Mascot: Golden Bears
Location: Atlanta, GA
Mascot: Maroon Tigers
Location: Savannah, GA
The oldest public historically black university in the state.
Location: Mobile, AL
Location: Tuskegee, AL
Mascot: Golden Tigers
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) was founded in 1970. Ken Free was the first full-time commissioner. The MEAC sponsors 15 Division I (FCS) sports with automatic qualifying bids for NCAA postseason competition in baseball, bowling, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, softball, volleyball and men’s golf. The MEAC’s football champion is pitted against the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in the Celebration Bowl
Location: Washington, DC
Location: Princess Anne, MD
Joined: 1970, 1984
Location: Baltimore, MD
Location: Norfolk, VA
Location: Greensboro, NC
Location: Durham, NC
The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) was formed in 1920 with six Texas Black colleges: Bishop College, Paul Quinn College, Prairie View A&M, Texas College and Wiley College. The league participates in the NCAA FCS division.
Location: Huntsville, AL
Location: Montgomery, AL
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Location: Jackson, MS
Location: Itta Bena, MS
Mascot: Delta Devils
Location: Lorman, AL
Location: Pine Bluff, AK
Joined: 1936, 1997
Mascot: Golden Lions
Location: Grambling, LA
Location: Prairie View, TX
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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