Online Roundtable: Judith Weisenfeld’s New World A-Coming | Black Perspectives Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), is collaborating with the Journal of Africana Religions* to host an online roundtable on Judith Weisenfeld‘s New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration (New York University Press, 2017).

The roundtable begins on Monday, September 25, 2017 and concludes on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Moderated by Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant (Williams College), the roundtable will feature responses from Emily Clark (Gonzaga University); Chernoh Sesay Jr. (DePaul University); Danielle Sigler (University of Texas, Austin); and Tisa Wenger (Yale University). On the final day, Judith Weisenfeld (Princeton University) will offer concluding remarks. Longer pieces will also be published in the Journal of Africana Religions in Spring 2018.

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Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African American community. They have always allowed admission to students of all races. Most were created in the aftermath of the American Civil War and are in the former slave states, although a few notable exceptions exist.

There are 107 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions, community and four-year institutions, medical and law schools.

Most HBCUs were established after the American Civil War, often with the assistance of northern United States religious missionary organizations. However, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1837) and Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) (1854), were established for blacks before the American Civil War. In 1856 the AME Church of Ohio collaborated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly white denomination, in sponsoring the third college Wilberforce University in Ohio. Established in 1865, Shaw University was the first HBCU in the South to be established after the American Civil War.

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines a “part B institution” as: “…any historically black college or university that was established before 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.”Part B of the 1965 Act provides for direct federal aid to Part B institutions. (Wikipedia).