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The College Hour is doing something different. We are not going to put HBCU's by states, region or in alphabetical order. We are hoping that you stretch your mind and look at a lot these institutions because they all have a lot to offer. Choosing an institution is a very important decision and shouldn't be taken lightly. The majority of students and parents choose a school a lot of times because of financial reasons. Some choose because we don't want to be far from home. I hope you take this thought into consideration. Choose a school on the strength of it's ability to get you where you want to go in life. I say this because there is a prevailing thought that the ice is colder from someone else's refrigerator. This fallacy is further from the truth than people realize. Statistics show from the 2010 Department of Education that over 40 % of African Americans that received Bachelor Degrees came from HBCUs. Over 70% of African American Doctors and Dentist come from HBCU's. Over 50% of African American Engineers come from HBCUs. Now take this thought with you. HBCUs only make up only 3% of Colleges and Universities in this country. These institutions also have close ties to corporations and foundations for employment and for raising capital for their endowment and working capital. HBCUs give a sense of belonging, self pride and the thought of experimenting and failure is just a learning experience of something not to do again and try another approach to get the answer. The College Hour recognizes that HBCU's are not for everyone. If you are thinking about going to College, GO TO COLLEGE. It is one of the greatest experience that you will have in your life.

But, if you decide to go to college, go to a HBCU!!!!!


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         Florida Memorial University

Florida Memorial University is a product of two black institutions that merged in 1941. The Florida Baptist Institute founded by the Black Baptist of Florida emerges in 1879, at Live Oak, Florida. The other institution was the Florida Baptist Academy out of Jacksonville, Florida, was founded in 1892 by Reverend Matthew Gilbert, Reverend J. T. Brown, and Sarah Ann Blocker. Both institutions were given financial support from the Rockefeller General Education Board, Baptist organizations, the Bethany Association, and the American Home Mission Society. They both dedicated their education to training teachers and industrial jobs. In 1899, James Weldon Johnson a graduate of Atlanta University, was one of the faculty at Florida Baptist Academy when he wrote the poem Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing. His brother John Rosamond Johnson wrote the music to the poem. Which is known today as the black national anthem.

In 1918. The Florida Baptist Academy move to St Augustine, Fl, on a 110 acre plantation which was known as the Old Homes Plantation. They changed their name to Florida Normal and Industrial Institute. Florida Baptist Institute remained in Live Oak, Florida until the merger in 1941. Florida Baptist Institute move to St. Augustine and the school name was changed in 1942 to Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial Institute. The school increased their curriculum and in 1963 the school changed it's name to Florida Memorial College. In 1968, the school relocated to NW Miami. In 1976, the school only had 402 student. By 2004, the school had over 1800 students. In March of 2006, the school reached university status and changed it's name to Florida Memorial University. This institution is the only HBCU that you can get pilots license as an aviator. If you want to become a aviator or major in Aeronautical Science this is place where you need to be. Florida Memorial University is accredited by the Southern Associations of Colleges and Schools (SACS). This is a growing institution and a place you definitely need to look into. This is a must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                                               Athletics
School of Arts and Sciences                                                                                Men's Sports                    Women's Sports
School of Business                                                                                              Basketball                         Basketball
School of Education                                                                                           Cross Country                   Cross Country
                                                                                                                          Baseball                            Volleyball
                                                                                                                          Track and Field                Track and Field
                                                                                                                          Soccer                               Soccer

FMU Home Page Link Below:
FMU Home Page

Florida Memorial University
15800 N.W. 42nd Ave.
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054
(305) 626-3600

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