“HBCUs continue to play an outsized role in placing African-American students in graduate and professional schools. And their most accomplished alumni continue to dazzle and inspire,” according to a report in The Washington Post by DeNeen Brown.
For example, Lincoln University, one of two historically black colleges founded before the Civil War, produced legendary names like Thurgood Marshall and Langston Hughes.
Marshall became the first black Supreme Court justice and led the NAACP legal team that abolished public school segregation. Hughes not only went on to be the voice of his generation, but also left his personal library to Lincoln for future generations. It’s now the Langston Hughes Memorial Library at Lincoln.