Historically Black Colleges and Universities

What is the only black college consortium?

The first and only black college consortium, the Atlanta University System, was founded in 1929. John Hope (1868–1936) became the first president of the system when Atlanta University (a co-educational institution), Spelman College (an undergraduate college for women), and Morehouse College (an undergraduate college for men), entered a consortia arrangement. Later Clark and Morris Brown Colleges (Morris Brown no longer exists) and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary (all co-educational) joined to form the largest educational center in the world for blacks. Atlanta and Clark merged in 1988, to become Clark Atlanta University, which remains a part of the consortium.

Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans is the first black Catholic university.


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