Historically Black Colleges are rooted in purpose and were founded as a result of the tireless efforts of African American’s ancestors. Having a full comprehension of where you came and of those who came before you is paramount as you stride forward.
Let’s see how much you really know about the history of Black Colleges. (Answers are at the end.)
1. Which HBCU used to have so many rattlesnakes on its campus, it became the official school mascot?
Hint: Located in Florida
2. Who got expelled from their HBCU?
Hint: It wasn’t the person that went to Meharry.
3. Which HBCU was founded for African American but is more than 90% white?
Hint: It is a “college” not a “university”
4. What is the name of the very first HBCU?
5. Which HBCU is named after John D. Rockefeller’s wife, Laura?
Hint: It is a one-gender school.
6. What was Barber-Scotia College originally named?
Hint: Each time the name was changed in 1916 and in 1930, only one part “Barber,” or “Scotia,” was used.
7. Which famous leader enrolled in Morehouse at 15?
Hint: He was a man of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
8. Which HBCU was built right across the street from the local prominent white school, so blacks wouldn’t attend, after a donation from Hugh Roy Cullen?
Hint: Megan The Stallion would know.
9. Which HBCU stopped accepting men and became an all-female institution?
Hint: It is not Spelman.
10. TRIVIA ANSWERS
- FAMU used to have so many rattlesnakes on campus, they became the official school mascot.
- A: Samuel Jackson got expelled. Full story here.
- Bluefield State College in 90% white, but still an HBCU.
- Both Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Lincoln University of Pennsylvania credit themselves to be the very first HBCU. Cheyney was established first, in 1837. In 1854, Lincoln University became the first degree-granting HBCU.
- Spelman. John D. Rockefeller’s wife’s full name was Laura Spelman Rockefeller.
- Barber-Scotia College was originally named Scotia Women’s College.
- Martin Luther King Jr. enrolled in Morehouse at the age of 15.
- Texas Southern was built right across the street from the University of Texas after a donation from Hugh Roy Cullen.
- Bennett College stopped accepting men and became an all-female institution.