Welcome to HBCU Trek,
My HBCU Trek began years ago during the summer of 2002 when I first stepped on the campus of Tennessee State University. Since that moment, I have walked, biked, bused, flown, and driven to over 40 HBCUs. As a full-time academic, many of my campus visits have taken place on weekends or after regular office hours; consequently, many of the campus tours are self-guided. Additionally, the pictures of the campus buildings, landscape, and students are taken with the camera on my cell phone. The HBCU voyage is not funded by a grant nor are the campus tours part of my dissertation study, visiting the campuses is fully something I have taken on as my personal mission.
Hopefully, sharing my experiences will help a high school student consider all their options for colleges, expand a recent PhD graduate’s job search, and present a counter-narrative to the propaganda that HBCUs are no longer relevant in a “post-racial” society. So that this material is accessible to anyone interested in learning more about HBCUs, the blog is not written in heavy academic jargon. On the other hand, the blog is not solely composed in pure street vernacular so that interested academics do not write it off as untrustworthy information. The blog is made up of my observations exploring the HBCU world, and is written from my perspective of the places I see and interpretation of the people’s stories I hear at each institution.
Whether for research leads, sheer pleasure, or to visit HBCUs vicariously through the voyages presented in the blog, I appreciate you viewing the site and welcome you to the HBCU Trek.