"Many black students have pivoted to HBCUs recently out of concern that their comfort, safety, and humanity are under siege. Enrollment at many HBCUs, which surged in 2016 and 2017, cannot be disentangled from students’ rising concerns about a world that seems to consistently devalue and dehumanize them. This precariousness has led to a political awakening at institutions with long traditions of activism."
These images and the writing excerpt are part of a larger multimedia project featuring work by Pulitzer Center grantees Nina Robinson and Ruddy Roye. Continue reading and see the full multimedia feature at National Geographic.