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Historically Black Colleges and Universities

HBCU Week 2020 - November 30-December 4 - #HBCUWeekMD

For the first time in its 50-year history, MPT is proud to launch HBCU Week. This slate of programming is part of the network's Standing Against Racism: Fostering Unity Through Dialogue initiative.

Historically Black colleges and universities are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. There are currently 101 HBCUs, with 27 offering doctoral programs, 52 offering master's programs, 83 offering bachelor's degree programs, and 38 offering associate degrees.

HBCU student group

Program Schedule

Monday, November 30
Jeff Salkin speaks with Morgan State University's Dr. David Wilson about the role HBCUs can play in addressing the systemic issues facing urban America, and Charles Robinson discusses the Biden-Harris plan to invest $70 billion in HBCUs with Dr. Wayne Frederick, Howard University; Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr., University of the District of Columbia; and Dr. Paulette Dillard, Shaw University.

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Tuesday, December 1
The evening includes discussion and interviews with esteemed leaders in the HBCU community.
A documentary about the establishment of the oldest HBCU in the South.
A documentary about the essential role the nation’s HBCUs have played in shaping Black life.
Repeat airings of Tell Them We Are Rising:
Dec. 3 at 8pm on MPT2
Dec 5 at 11:30am on MPT HD

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Wednesday, December 2
A virtual screening and discussion of Shaw Rising, with President Dr. Paulette Dillard of Shaw University, and MPT Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer Travis Mitchell.

Watch Shaw Rising here.

Watch the archived stream of the conversion:

Friday, December 4
To cap off HBCU Week, State Circle reporters will interview some members of Maryland’s Legislative Black Caucus who are HBCU graduates about their HBCU experience.

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More information about Tuesday night's programming

Preview: Shaw Rising - Soldiers of Truth

Preview: Tell Them We Are Rising

On Tuesday, December 1, MPT airs three hours of programming on HBCUs. Shaw Rising, a documentary about the oldest HBCU in the South that was resurrected under the leadership of former Morgan State University Dean Dr. Talbert O. Shaw (deceased) anchors the evening and will be followed by Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising.

The president of Shaw University, Dr. Paulette Dillard, will be joined by the presidents and alumni of area HBCUs to discuss their schools' important missions and impact on society today.

Invited guests and interviews will include:

• Dr. David Wilson, President, Morgan State University
• Congressman Kweisi Mfume, Chairman, Morgan State University Board of Regents
• Mrs. Phyllis Davis, President, MSU Alumni Association
• Dr. Aminta Breaux, President, Bowie State University
• Mr. Darren M. Swain, President, Bowie State University Alumni Association
• Dr. Anthony Jenkins, President, Coppin State University
• Dr. Mary E. Owens-Southall, President, Coppin State University Alumni Association
• Dr. Heidi M. Anderson, President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
• Dr. James White, Jr., President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Alumni Association

• Founded in 1865

• Approximately 1,500 students

• The oldest HBCU in the South

• Gave birth to four HBCUs: North Carolina A&T State University, Fayetteville State University, Elizabeth City State University, and North Carolina Central

• 24 academic programs

• 15-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio

Preview: Shaw Rising - Freedom Schools

Preview: Shaw Rising - Student Activists

Preview: Shaw Rising - Henry Martin Tupper

About HBCUs

Historically Black colleges and universities were established after 1865.
Cheyney University (1837), the University of District of Columbia (1851), Lincoln University (1854), and Wilberforce (1856) were established prior the Emancipation Proclamation.
There are 101 HBCUs today.
• HBCUs comprise 9% of four-year institutions.
• HBCUs enroll, on average, 24% of all black undergraduates pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
• HBCUs award, on average, 26% of all black bachelor’s degrees.
• HBCUs award, on average, 32% of STEM degrees earned by black students.
• HBCUs graduate 46% of black women who earned degrees in STEM disciplines between 1995 – 2004.
14 HBCU engineering schools confer the majority of engineering degrees awarded annually to African-American students.

About UNCF

• Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend college, graduate and become leaders
• Each year UNCF enables more than 60,000 students to attend its 37 member historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
• UNCF awards more than 10,000 scholarships worth $100 million

About Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)

• Founded in 1987
• Awarded more than $300 million in such assistance to its students and member schools.
• TMCF is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black college community.
• TMCF member schools include the publicly supported historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs).
• Publicly supported HBCUs enroll more than 80% of all students attending HBCUs.

HBCUs in Maryland and Washington, DC

• Founded in 1865

• Approximately 6,200 students

• Building $42 million Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community to house students and Entrepreneurship Academy

• BSU is among the nation’s top 10 HBCUs ( and the third fastest-growing four-year college or university in Maryland (Baltimore Business Journal)

• Top five in Maryland universities for graduating African-Americans with bachelor’s degrees in nursing, biology and computer/information sciences

• BSU’s cybersecurity programs are designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as models of excellence.

Dr. Aminta Breaux, President

  • July 2017 – President
  • Temple University, B.A.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.
  • Temple University, Ph.D
  • More about Dr. Breaux

• Founded in 1900

• Approximately 3,000 students

• Student population represents 30 states and 25 countries

• 53 majors offered and 11 graduate programs

• #4 Best HBCU in the nation (College Consensus 2020)

• #5 Best value online programs (Online School Center 2020)

• #17 Best value in the nation (College Consensus 2019)

Dr. Anthony Jenkins, President

  • May 26, 2020 – Present
  • Fayetteville State University, B.S.
  • North Carolina Central University, M.A.
  • Virginia Tech University, Ph.D.
  • More about Dr. Jenkins

• Founded in 1867

• Approximately 11,000 students

• Private research university offering 120 areas of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

• Top producer of African Americans who earn STEM Ph.D.s

• Top producer of Black students who continue on to medical school.

• Ranked #80 among Best National Universities by US News and World Report

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, President

• Founded in 1867

• Approximately 8,000 students

• Opened $88 million Tyler Hall for student services

• Building $15 million public safety center

• Building $32 million 660-bed dining facility and dorm

• Launching $110 million medical school in orthopedic medicine

• Awards the most bachelor’s degrees to African-Americans in Maryland

• Top producer of African-American graduates that go on to earn graduate degrees

Dr. David Wilson, President

• Founded in 1851

• Enrollment: Approximately 4200

• Programs: 72 degree granting programs (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Law, Doctoral)

• $136 million in capital improvements committed by DC government

• Least expensive university in the DMV

• #1 Best value in DC for M.A degree in counseling (

• #2 In the nation for public interest and government job placement (National law Journal, 2018)

• #8 Clinical law program in the nation (US News & World Report, 2018)

• #10 HBCU in the Nation (Wall Street Journal, 2016)

Dr. Ronald Mason, Jr., President

  • July 1, 2015 – Present
  • Columbia University, BA
  • Columbia University, JD
  • Harvard, Institute for Educational Management
  • More about Dr. Mason

• Founded in 1886

• Approximately 4,000 students

• Building 110,000-square foot School of Pharmacy and Health Professions to house post-baccalaureate programs

• 57 academic programs

Carnegie Designate High Research Activity University

Dr. Heidi Anderson, President

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