A Brief Timeline of Black Higher Education
For centuries, Black higher education and educational institutions have built an astounding history of contributing, of over-delivering while being systematically under-resourced, of making remarkable progress to advance equity while they, themselves, had to confront real inequities. It’s a legacy of which we can all be proud.
1906 Frelinghuysen University
An adult education university in the nation’s capital was founded by Jesse and Rosetta Lawson for “colored” working people. Later, the university was led by Dr. Anna Julia Cooper, a Black feminist pioneer who helped advance the “New Negro” movement of the 1930s.LEARN MORE
1931 The Harlem Experiment
Based in New York and Atlanta, the “experiment” was designed to raise literacy in Black communities, where three-fourths of all adults had left primary school before fourth grade. The adult education program focused on taking into account community perspectives—a rare approach then.LEARN MORE
1942 The Atlanta University People’s College
“The college for all people,” was conceived by W.E.B. Du Bois and Ira De Augustine and was designed to engage in intentional community education.LEARN MORE