Hi, I’m Emmy & NAACP Image Award-winning television producer Rushion McDonald. I’ve
always felt that our community mattered, and should be acknowledged for our positive
contributions. That is why I created the Hoodie Awards/Neighborhood Awards. “Black
Excellence” is me and every other African American working towards the advancement of our
people. The HBCU Awards will recognize our “Black Excellence” in Education, Entertainment,
and Business. It is an award show for the people, it will promote the stars of our community
and showcase our culture.
These are the twelve HBCU Awards categories: Best Church, Best High School, Best Beauty
Salon, Best Barbershop, Best Businessperson of the Year, Best HBCU Performing Arts Program,
Best HBCU Business Program, Best HBCU STEM Program, Best HBCU Nursing/Medical Program,
Best HBCU Marching Band, Best Female Entertainer of the Year, and Best Male Entertainer of
the Year. You can start nominating today! This is your Award show. Nominations are by HBCU
students, HBCU Alumni, and anybody who wants to recognize “Black Excellence!”
Our HBCU History
After the Civil War, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were created to meet the educational needs of Black students who previously had negligible opportunities to attend college.
These schools had humble beginnings, with the first HBCUs conducting classes in homes, church basements, and old schoolhouses. The Morrill Act of 1890, which required states to provide land-grants for colleges to serve Black students, allowed HBCU's to build their own campuses.
These colleges and universities have long been an outstanding source of academic accomplishment and great pride for the African American communities throughout the entire nation. They offer doctoral programs, master's programs, bachelor's degree programs, and associate degrees. HBCU doors opened during the period of segregation in the United States before the Civil Rights Act because predominantly white education institutions completely disqualified or limited African American enrollment. They have played a critical role in ensuring that African Americans students and students of all races receive a quality education.
Today, there are over 100 HBCUs across the country. They enroll 20 percent of African American students, and despite constituting only 3 percent of four-year colleges in the country, HBCUs have produced 80 percent of the black judges, 50 percent of the black lawyers, 50 percent of the black doctors, 40 percent of the black engineers, 40 percent of the black members of Congress, 25 percent of all black STEM graduates, and 13 percent of the black CEOs in America, today.