The idea of Historically Black Colleges and Universities has caused controversy among those who seek not to understand why something that was once essential remains relevant today. Yet, HBCUs have seen record enrollment numbers this school year and demand for Black-centered spaces has grown exponentially since 2020. Even though the HBCU designation simply represents any college or university established before 1964 with the mission to educate Black Americans, people have erroneously attributed a lack of diversity, poor graduation rates and lesser education to such institutions. Generally speaking, people tend to get a lot of things wrong about Black colleges and universities.

Blavity sat in on an HBCU Presidents dinner in Washington, D.C., hosted by RW Jones Agency, where these leaders spoke at length about a few things that matter most, including busting myths about their institutions as a whole.