Growing up in Kalamazoo you hear about the Kalamazoo Promise left and right, which is an amazing program that I am grateful for, but it does have its limitations. For example, the biggest one is that the Promise can only be used at Colleges and Universities within the state of Michigan, leaving out all of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Now, this may not seem like a huge deal considering that a bunch of other schools are also left out, but the cultural significance that HBCUs provide is the key here. Many Kalamazoo students are unaware that HBCUs exist, what kinds of programs they excel in, and the amount of scholarship money they could earn for attending these HBCUs. Phoenix High School is continuing to do its part to spread HBCU Knowledge.

For the past three years, Phoenix High School and its principal, Mark Hill, have invited several representatives, students, and alumni from various HBCUs to come and represent, support, and share details about their HBCU and why it's the best.

This year will be no different as a number of schools will make a return to Kalamazoo next week. The 4th Annual Kalamazoo HBCU Fair will be Thursday, March 2nd from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Phoenix High School on Oakland Drive. This event is encouraged for all high school seniors but is not limited to them. This is a public event for all those seeking knowledge about HBCUs.

There will be multiple different members of fraternities and sororities available to share their experiences as well, along with athletes, educators, and more. The HBCU experience is entirely different than other schools and they will have all the stories about entertainment, lifestyle, classes, and more.

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More than 100 historically Black colleges and universities are designated by the U.S. Department of Education, meeting the definition of a school "established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans."

StudySoup compiled the 20 largest historically Black colleges and universities in the nation, based on 2021 data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. Each HBCU on this list is a four-year institution, and the schools are ranked by the total student enrollment.