After the Civil War, Black ministers and white philanthropists established schools all across the South to educate freed slaves. Which later became known as Historically Black Universities, or HBCUs. HBCU culture, especially their Homecomings are very popular and well-known to almost everyone. HBCUs aren't typically always in your everyday college tours, especially if you live in a predominantly white town, or in Massachusetts, where many people think the best colleges are. If you are planning on going to college it should be a college that you like and think you will get the best education there, not just because people think that's the best college for you. This is mostly for Black students, to know that there are a lot more options than you might think. At HBCUs, you get to experience Black American culture in a whole different way. You are surrounded by other Black people who can on some level relate to you and your experiences. You get educated about what it means to be a Black in this country, along with of course your major, by other Black people, for the most part. HBCU Alumni's always express that everyone at an HBCU is basically family. At HBCU's you don't have to lead with your blackness or be an example of what a Black person should look and be like. You can be something and someone more than just a Black person. You also don't have to worry too much about White people being all up in your business, or having to check them, which would most likely happen at PWI's. Unfortunately, I'm not saying that racism, homophobia, and all the many forms of oppression will go away if you decide to attend an HBCU because not all skinfolk are kinfolk, but I just wanted any upcoming Black senior looking at colleges to know that HBCUs are out there. You have to make the decision that's best for you but just explore the HBCU world.