HBCU graduate of North Carolina A&T State University — Dr. Ashley Little founded The HBCU Experience Movement. The movement is the first Black-owned company to launch books written and published by prominent HBCU alumni throughout the world who attended Historically Black Colleges & Universities. As authors, they share a powerful collection of stories on how their unique college experience has molded them into the people they are today.
The company’s goal is to change the narrative by sharing Black stories and investing financially into our HBCUs to increase young alumni giving and enrollment.
Participating in the book includes an initial donation to support the HBCU. In addition to the initial contribution, proceeds from books purchased on Amazon will also be used to support each HBCU as part of the movement. They are creating endowments and partnerships at every HBCU throughout the country.
“Our goal is to create a global movement of HBCU Alumni to continue to share their stories each year to give back to their Prestigious Historically Black College & University. The authors’ hopes are to encourage, uplift, support, and pave the way for the next generation by sharing their stories and experiences of how their HBCU has molded them into the people they are today,” the trio says.
She continues, “We saw there was a problem with young alumni giving back, and we wanted to provide a creative solution to help increase young alumni giving and student enrollment. We have to continue to invest in our HBCUs and continue to create our seats at the table. We believe it is important for HBCU Grads to give back, share, and document our stories.”
Dr. Little strongly believes that “our voices and stories are powerful and need to be heard” and are committed to changing the narrative. Businesses from across the United States have joined the HBCU Experience Movement, LLC as partners and sponsors and will be acknowledged in each publication and on their website at TheHBCUExperienceMovement.com.
Dr. Little, who was selected as one of the Forbes Next 1000 in 2021, wants to “change the narrative” about Black people and HBCUs so that people understand the power of these institutions. To date, The HBCU Experience Movement has published ten books and will be releasing more this year. Some of the releases include: The HBCU Experience: North Carolina A&T State University; The HBCU Experience: Southern University System Edition; The HBCU Experience: Virginia State University and The HBCU Experience: The HBCU Band Alumni. The company will be awarding scholars through the endowments they created at every HBCU this year.
They have recently released their tenth edition, The HBCU Experience: The North Carolina A&T State University 3rdEdition, available on Amazon.
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