It’s college acceptance letter season, and all this week, we’re talking about college-related issues. Up until the 1960s, historically black colleges were the primary higher learning institutions available to African-Americans. Some of the most famous black people in the U.S., from Oprah Winfrey to Spike Lee, have attended them and went on to achieve great success. But in our seemingly less-segregated times, are these colleges really a good educational option?
Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University. He explains new studies that indicate graduates of historically black colleges may not achieve the same success as their counterparts, who attend traditionally white schools. Anthony Newby is a 1998 graduate of Howard University. He’s also the founder of a language translation company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.