NYC’s First HBCU Advocacy Group

HBCU Hub founder Nicole Barnwell (Photo via BK Reader)

Nicole Barnwell wants to promote HBCUs in her home borough of Brooklyn to fill what she perceives as a gap in public schools when it comes to spreading awareness of historically Black colleges and universities. The alumna of Hampton University, an HBCU in Virginia, speaks to BK Reader’s Chris Brown about starting the first HBCU advocacy group in the city – the HBCU Hub.

“If not for my church and the elders who were HBCU alum planning the tour, I wouldn’t have had exposure to HBCUs either,” said Barnwell.

Barnwell’s sorority, The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, holds free college workshops for students, leading to a 5- to 6-month HBCU tour starting in October.

This programs is known as Team Lift. The tours often include visits to several Southern schools like Spelman and Morehouse in Atlanta, Georgia. Advocating and performing tours are more daunting in New York due to the lack of proximity to them as one factor. (…)

Hear more from Barnwell and HBCU Hub collaborator Korede Amole on the benefits of attending an HBCU, at BK Reader. There, find information on the project’s fundraiser launch party this week in Crown Heights.

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