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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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   LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School traces its history to 1862 when the American Missionary Association (AMA) sent Lucinda Humphrey to open an elementary school at Camp Shiloh for freedmen and escaped slaves. This was one of more than ten schools founded by the AMA, an integrated organization led by black and white Congregational and Presbyterian ministers. In 1863, the school then known as Lincoln Chapel, was moved to Memphis, but was destroyed by fire in 1866 during the anti-black race riots following the withdrawal of federal troops. Lincoln Chapel was rebuilt in 1867 and reopened with six teachers and 150 students.

Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne, a Pennsylvania doctor and abolitionist whose house had been a stop along the Underground Railway, donated twenty thousand dollars to the AMA for a Freedmen's School in Memphis. He instructed that "The institution should be so conducted as to give a good practical and scientific education." Memphis's Lemoyne Owen College opened its doors in 1871 as LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School, but it traces its ancestry to the schools for ex-slaves organized by members of the American Missionary Association (AMA) during and after the Civil War. Le Moyne visited the school in 1871 where he personally donated the clock for the institution's clock tower.

The school opened with fanfare on October 1, 1871, at 284 Orleans, with J. H. Barnum, who had formerly worked with the Freedmen's Bureau, as principal. The demand for black teachers was so great that many students left to take jobs before completing the full four-year course. There were three divisions: the normal school for teachers, a commercial department, and a music department. The first two diplomas were granted in 1876.

The school survived the yellow fever epidemics of the 1870s, when three members of the small faculty died. In 1901 a high school was added to prepare students for the normal school course. In 1914 the school moved to its present location at 804 Walker Avenue, and Steele Hall, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was built. LeMoyne became a junior college in 1924, but the high school division continued until 1934, when the State of Tennessee chartered the school as LeMoyne College, a four-year institution granting the bachelor's degree.

Dr. Hollis Price became the first black president of the college in 1943. He was a founding member of the United Negro College Fund and the first black moderator of the United Church of Christ, into which the American Missionary Association had been absorbed.

In 1954 the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention opened a junior college on Vance Avenue named for the Reverend Samuel Augustus Owen. Owen was pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist Church adjacent to the LeMoyne campus, and a leader in his denomination and community. Owen Junior College merged with LeMoyne in 1968. The college maintains its ties with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ.

The college awarded its first Master of Science degrees in education in the spring of 1994. Today there are over twelve hundred students. Throughout its history, LeMoyne Owen College has educated teachers, doctors, judges, and leaders in the black community. Distinguished alumni include the mayor of Memphis, Dr. W. W. Herenton; author and Duke University professor Dr. C. Eric Lincoln; former president of Morehouse College, Dr. Hugh Gloster; author and Spelman College professor Dr. Gloria Wade-Gayles; and Benjamin Hooks, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Academia:                                                                                                                       Athletics
Division of Business and Economic Development                                         Men's Sports                  Women's Sports
Division of Education                                                                                  Baseball                          Softball
Division of Fine Arts and Humanities                                                          Basketball                       Basketball
Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences                                            Cross Country                 Cross Country
Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences                                                    Golf                                Volleyball
                                                                                                                    Tennis                             Tennis

Lemoyne Owne College Home Page Link Below:
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LeMoyne-Owen College
807 Walker Ave
Memphis TN 38126
Main Telephone: (901) 435-1000

LOC Admission Link Below:

Director, Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Samuel L. King
(901) 435-1509

Admissions Recruiter
Elizabeth Anderson
(901) 435-1506


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