HBCU & PWI: The Advantages, Disadvantages, and Discouragement of an HBCU Education
This is the fifth and final section within the topic on the Role of Education. This discussion revolves around the difficult choice for college-bound Black students and whether going to an HBCU or PWI impact the Black Community.
The 3 Questions
1. What is, was, or would be your biggest reason for attending any university?
2. Do you consider HBCU’s or PWI’s better schools for Black students?
3. Do you agree or disagree with the notion that HBCU’s do not prepare you for the “real world” and are antiquated?
As a graduate of the illustrious Hampton University, I can truly say that HBCU’s are different. The atmosphere, the culture, the populations, and the Homecomings!!! Honestly, it was a life-changing experience and I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else. However, I have plenty of friends, relatives, co-workers, associates etc. who attended PWI’s and to be frank they don’t view college the way HBCU grads view their alma maters. They often looked at college as a business preposition and cited, scholarships, technology, and “more diversity” as the main upsides of their experience. I think both options have value, but the future doesn’t look bright for HBCU’s. Between the “diversity” warriors seeing HBCU’s as self-imposed segregationist, and well-meaning Blacks seeing them as antiquated and depleted, the age old question of whether Black students should go to HBCU’s or PWI’s has come to the forefront once again. Are HBCU’s unknowingly playing a hand in the destruction of Our Community?
Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked. These question and more were addressed on 10/18/2020 in our Roundtable which is also available on YouTube.