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Our favorite time of the year is finally here!

It is time to celebrate and dedicate the entire month of February to black history. Follow Sheen Magazine along the way as we’ll share black history facts throughout the entire month. Every day, we will share little-known facts, celebrate those who played made their mark in history, and the historic moments and events.

The diverse history of HBCUs

HBCUs was established in order to educate freed slaves. The first of HBCUs was Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, the university was established on February 25, 1837.

It was in 1930 when Jewish academics from Germany and Austria were dismissed from their teaching positions, it was then when many of those teachers came to the United States in search for jobs.

At the time, it was difficult for these teachers to find work due to the Depression going on and xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries). During it all, there were more than 50 positions at HBCUS in the south. By the time these Jewish professors arrived, HBCUs had grown to 78!

The HBCUs were both comforting and accepting to the new professors. The diversion between Jewish and African American communities allowed opportunities to create special programs to engage blacks and white.

Many don’t know that this remains a key part of the Civil Rights Movement.

Cheyney University became the first institution of higher learning for African Americans. The university is now named Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

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All information received from PBS and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania