BLACK VOICES
11/29/2013 10:17 am ET | Updated Dec 02, 2013

Howard University's First Students Were White And Other Little Known Facts About HBCU's

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There are over 100 historically black colleges and universities in the United States.

According to the Higher Education Act of 1965, an HBCU is defined as an institution established and accredited before 1964, whose principal mission was to educate black Americans.

HBCUs were established in response to the increase in the number of escaped slaves, who were considered a contraband of war during the Civil War if they managed to reach union lines, followed by the eventual passing of The Emancipation Proclamation. Public universities in the South were not integrated at the time.

These schools are rich in history. For example, many of the colleges and universities are known to have been at the forefront of civil rights activism. But, there are a few little nuggets of history that are not as well known (like most of them are named after white men, with a few exceptions).

We pulled a few of the most interesting little known facts about HBCU's in the list below:

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