Historically Black schools topic of Tennessee State course

August 23, 2021 - 10:05 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Historically Black university Tennessee State is offering students a chance to learn more about similar schools and their effects on the world.

The class looks at ways historically Black colleges and universities have influenced social, economic, political and intellectual life of African Americans and the impact made by the schools’ graduates, Tennessee State said.

There are more than 100 HBCUs in the United States. The course lets students look at the schools’ role in development of the communities where they are located and their relationship with residents through time.

“I hope to provide a better understanding of the role of HBCUs in American society,” said Learotha Williams, a history professor at TSU who is teaching the course. “Not only that, but the national and international impact they’ve had, particularly the individuals and social movements they’ve produced.”

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