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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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Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University can trace it's roots back to April of 1865. When the Federal troops occupied Richmond, Va just before the end of the civil war. That same month 11teachers were holding classes for former slaves in two mission in Richmond. By November 1865 the Mission Society had established, and was officially holding classes for, Richmond Theological School for Freedmen, one of the four institutions forming the “Union” that gives the University its name. In 1865, following the surrender of the Confederacy, branches of the “National Theological Institute” were set up in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. The Washington institution received a $1,500 grant from the Freedman’s Bureau and met at various locations including: Judiciary Square; “I” Street; Louisiana Avenue and, finally, Meridian Hill. The school became known as Wayland Seminary; and it acquired a sterling reputation under the direction of its president, Dr. George Mellen Prentiss King.

Dr. J G. Binney, the first teacher sent out to open a school in Richmond, taught night classes to some 25 freedmen from November 1865-July 1866 before giving up and leaving for Burma. However, on May 13, 1867, Dr. Nathaniel Colver an elderly, hard-bitten abolitionist who could not be intimidated by anyone, arrived to resume the task. He had a great deal of trouble even finding suitable accommodations to rent, and was close to despair when he had a chance meeting with Mrs. Mary Ann Lumpkin, from whom he was able to rent a patch of land and buildings at 15th & Franklin Streets known as Lumpkin’s Jail or “The Devil’s Half Acre”. Mrs. Lumpkin was a former whose late husband, Robert Lumpkin, had been a slave-dealer and had run the property as a holdingpen/punishment “breaking” center, which still contained whipping posts. Living with Dr. Colver on the premises of the new school, which was named Richmond Theological School for Freedmen was the family of the Reverend James H. Holmes, another former slave who became pastor of First African Baptist Church. The support of Black ministers and community leaders proved to be crucial to the success of the school – of particular importance were Holmes; the Reverend Richard Wells of Ebenezer Baptist Church; and Pastor George Jackson from Halifax County, Virginia. Dr. Colver scheduled basic classes in Grammar, Arithmetic, Geography and Spelling/Reading as well as Biblical Knowledge during a six hour day from 1867-68. It was indeed a strange atmosphere, the classroom windows still had their prison bars, and the former whipping posts were used as lecterns for the professors.

But Dr. Colver was over seventy, and in poor health and in 1868 handed over his burden as school principal to Dr. Charles Henry Corey, who had previously taught at Augusta Institute. For a while the school was called Colver Institute in the old man’s honor. Dr. Corey proved to be a dynamic leader and directed the school for 31 years, becoming revered by his students and earning the respect of the Richmond Community. In 1870, he made the move from Lumpkin’s Jail, which still held painful memories for many of the students, and purchased the former United States Hotel building at 19th & Main Street for $10,000.

In 1876, the school was incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly under the name Richmond Institute, Dr. Corey taking charge officially as president, with the support of a Board of Trustees which included Holmes and Wells. The Institute was the first in the South to employ African-American teaching assistants and faculty and in 1876 was offering curricula which were preparatory (elementary); academic (pre-college) and theological. Enrollment grew steadily and among its earliest students Richmond Institute numbered it first foreign graduate, Samuel M. Harden of Lagos, Nigeria (1879) and its first female graduate, Maria E. Anderson (1882). An Alumni Association under the leadership of Charles J. Daniel (class of 1878) was organized in 1879.

In 1883 a special college for the exclusive education of African-American women was established by the ABHMS through the donation of the wealthy Joseph C. Hartshorn of Rhode Island as a memorial to his late wife Rachel. The curriculum was to be modeled on that of Wellesley College and the imposing Dr. Lyman Beecher Tefft was appointed its first president. Although the college first convened its classes in the basement of Ebenezer Baptist Church on Leigh Street, its campus was finally set up along the corner of Lombardy & Leigh Street, across from the present C.D. King Building. With no further women students, Richmond Institute turned strictly to theological studies and re- established itself as Richmond Theological Seminary in 1886, offering its first Bachelor’s degree, the Bachelor of Divinity. During the 1890’s plans were pushed forward to merge historically-black institutions into one University, and by 1899 it was agreed that Wayland Seminary and Richmond Theological Seminary would come together to form Virginia Union University. Accordingly, a tract of pasture land on Lombardy Street, containing part of an area known as “Sheep Hill”, was purchased by the ABHMS.

The first classes convened at Virginia Union University on October 4, 1899. The first University president was Dr. Malcolm MacVicar, born in Argyleshire, Scotland in 1828. Known as “that man of iron and steel”, Dr.MacVicar waged a lifelong struggle against prejudice and ignorance. A slightly-built, grandfatherly figure, the President wanted buildings to “inspire” every student that enter their walls and was instrumental in securing the construction of a bridge spanning the Seaboard Railway and connecting the University campus with that of Hartshorn College. The first students at VUU also donned hardhats and took a hand in the construction of the buildings of their own University. Dr. MacVicar passed away at his residence on Commencement morning, May, 17, 1904. MacVicar Hall dormitory was named in his honor.

Between 1922 to 1931 was a growth period for the university. It started a Norfolk Branch which became Norfolk State University, School of Education; a Law School, accreditation by the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges; and the merger of Hartshorn Memorial College in 1932. Hartshorn thus became the third institution in the “Union”; and the University became “co-ed”. Another dormitory, Hartshorn Memorial Hall, preserves the name and memory of VUU’s “sister” institution, which was the first African-American women’s college ever established, and which conferred the first bachelor’s degrees at an African-American women’s college.

President Clark’s retirement was followed by the history-making election of Dr. John Malcus Ellison as VUU’s fourth chief executive. Dr. Ellison was the first University Alumnus and the first African-American to become president. Under Dr. Ellison’s leadership VUU launched its world-renowned graduate school of Theology in 1942.

On February 20, 1960, Virginia Union students and faculty marched to downtown Richmond department store lunch-counters in support of the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins to desegregate all such facilities. On February 22, 1960, Thirty-Four VUU students courageously staged a sit-in at Richmond’s most exclusive dining facility, and were arrested for “trespassing”. The arrests of the “Union 34”, the first mass arrests of the Civil Rights Movement was the crucial event that set of the Campaign for Human Dignity that virtually destroyed racial segregation in Richmond within two years.

In 1964, Storer College of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, which had been founded in 1867 by the Free Will Baptists, merged its assets with Virginia Union (the fourth component of the “Union”). Storer College had ceased offering classes in 1955, but numbered among its distinguished former students Nnamdi Azikiwe, celebrated poet, and first President of the Republic of Nigeria. Dr. Henderson’s administration coincided with the years of the civil rights movement and VUU students, faculty and alumni played a proactive role: Wyatt Tee Walker; Walter Fauntroy and Charles Sherrod being only the most conspicuous examples. Virginia Union is not only African American History but American History. It's Alumni List reads like the who's who of america. Governor, congressmen, lawyers, civil rights leaders, activists, and compassionate everyday working men and women. It is the example of the Phoenix rising out of it's own ashes to soar high. Virginia Union University is still soaring and dedicating itself to it students and its community. Put Virginia Union University on your list.This is a must see University.

Academia:                                                                                                                                        Athletics
Sydney Lewis School of Business                                                                                    Men's Sport                  Women's Sports
Evelyn R. Syphax School of Educatio, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies             Basketball                      Basketball
School of Humanities and Social Sciences                                                                       Cross Country                Cross Country
School of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology                                                            Football                         Volleyball
Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology                                                                    Tennis                             Tennis
                                                                                                                                      Track and Field              Track and Field
                                                                                                                                       Golf                               Bowling

VUU Home Page Link Below:
VUU Home Page

Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Local: 804-257-5600
Toll-Free: 800-368-3227
Fax: 804-342-3511

VUU Admissions Link Below:

Virginia Union University
Office of Enrollment Management
Henderson Center, Suite 104
1500 North Lombardy Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

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