Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The Importance of Historically Black Institutions!

It is important we understand what historically black colleges, black universities, and black institutions are. All of which are but appendages to our BLACKNESS as a race. The black church is and always will be our oldest historically black institution.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest independent historically black Protestant denomination in the United States of America. The AME Church was established in 1787 by Richard Allen, Absalom Jones and others. The AME Church funded the establishment of many HBCU's.

Not only did the AME Church fund the establishment of many HBCU's, but so was the black Baptist church heavily involved in the establishment of HBCU's.

In fact, in 1867, only two years after the Civil War ended, Augusta Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church. Augusta Institute is now known as Morehouse College. 

Keep in mind it was 20 black Baptist ministers who met with President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War, Mr. Edwin Stanton and President Abraham Lincoln's General, Mr. William T. Sherman, to discuss REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY! The 20 black ministers chose Rev. Garrison Frazier to be their spokesperson at the meeting. Rev. Garrison Frazier was born into slavery in 1797, in Granville County North Carolina. 

In 1856 he purchased freedom for himself and his wife for $1,000 in gold and silver. Rev. Garrison Frazier told Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and General William T. Sherman and other Union Army generals "We want to be placed on land until we are able to buy it and make it our own!" Four or five days after the meeting 400,000 acres was granted to blacks as REPARATIONS FOR SLAVERY. The name of this deal was called Special Field Orders No. 15 (of which some affectionately call 40 Acres and a Mule) Click below link for more information.

"Alpha Kappa Nu is the first documented African-American collegiate fraternal organization in the United States of America, founded in 1903 at Indiana University. Gamma Phi was also an African-American collegiate fraternal organization. Founded at Wilberforce University in 1905". 

We must also keep in mind our historically black fraternities and sororities. The black Freemasons (founded in 1784) under the leadership of Prince Hall, remains our most oldest historically black fraternal institution. Prince Hall was active in the affairs of Boston's black community. 

As Worship Master of black masons, he spoke out against slavery and the demand for black rights. He protested the lack of schools for black children, and eventually founded a black school in his own home. The black masons were also instrumental in helping the African Prince Abd al-Rahman Ibrahim receive his freedom in the United States after 40 years a slave.

There is no separating HBCUI from the black experience in North America. The black struggle is intertwined in Historically Black Colleges, Universities and Institutions! Neither one is greater or more significant than the other. Neither one is more superior or inferior than the other.   

Whether you are a member of a black college, black university, black church, black fraternity, black sorority, black social club... it's all connected. There's a symbiotic relationship that binds and affirms our BLACKNESS, yet remains appendages to said BLACKNESS.

Without the black church there is no foundation for black colleges and universities. Without black colleges and universities there is no foundation for black Greek organizations. Without black Freemasonry there is no foundation for black social clubs.  

"Having a Talented Tenth mentality 
doesn't make you more blacker than anyone else!"

When we know the connections of our shared BLACKNESS within our historically black institutions is when we'll stop dividing ourselves relative to the various roads and routes within our experience. It's all one and the same, it's just different auxiliaries of one house!

Jim Allen,