2017 HBCU Top 30 Under 30

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) produce more than a quarter of all African-American graduates in the country and are responsible for producing the nation’s leading black citizens. Revolutionary civil rights leaders, doctors, religious leaders, bankers, writers, Olympians, lawyers, musicians, engineers, actors/actresses, humanitarians, professional athletes, educators, scientists, and politicians that hail from historically black campuses, all graduate with more than a degree or honors.

An HBCU education is a world class one, and it is found both in the classroom and on the yard. Amid intensifying cultural tensions, political warfare, and blatant appropriation and injustices targeted toward people of color, we are thrilled to celebrate the black community and highlight 30 stellar young minds.

Every year, the HBCU Top 30 Under 30 honors talented and selfless young men and women who are making phenomenal steps forward in a multitude of industries including education/academia, science, sports, fashion, journalism, technology, business, community/public service, politics, and entertainment. Check out the former classes here.

This year, with nominations more than doubling from last year, we are exceptionally proud to present the 2017 HBCU Top 30 Under 30 class. Congratulations to the young leaders who are honored and congratulations to the esteemed historically black colleges and universities that have unquestionably helped mold these leaders of today and tomorrow.

10Timothy Moore |  Harris-Stowe State University (30)

Timothy Moore, better known simply as “T.Moore” is the Founder and CEO of T. Moore Media and he is one of the few individuals who possess the ability to capture moments through a lens and allow their stories to live authentically through a single moment. Moore began his career in photography almost eight years ago as a high school student and since then he has grown to become more than just your average photographer.  He now serves as a Creative Director & Branding Specialist for some of the world’s leading brands. To bring his most iconic visions to life, he has always dedicated his energy to aligning his vision to opportunities that he can use to help change the trajectory of the next generation.

As T.Moore begins preparation for 2018, he is tirelessly working to develop new programs and outlets to start serving his community and various industries. With a mission to serve T.Moore is sure to continue raising the bar with his hustle and innovation. Anyone can take a photograph. But not many people have the ability to capture a moment in its true essence. And while it is very true that a picture is worth a thousand words, not many pictures can tell you an entire story. In the words of T.Moore, “If you keep your head low and your hustle high, then you’ll find yourself on the other side of fear by the time you look up.”



  1. So with over 100 HBCU’s nationwide, You had the opportunity to give representation of each school once. Our young people at HBCU’s are making a difference in this world. Spread the love to all not to the same schools all the time. Howard & Spelman were given too many spots. I’d like to see more SWAC schools, Wiley College, Xavier…..the list goes on. Level the playing field for all of us, not just the chosen few. I support all HBCU’s.

  2. This is a great read! Every candidate deserves their recognition. However, there is no way you didn’t include Miss USA 2017 from South Carolina State University! She has to be top 30!

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