May 28, 2023

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Jacksonville, Florida Opens Its First HBCU Inspired Charter Elementary School

Congratulations are in order for Jacksonville, Florida and the Becoming Collegiate Academy as it is the first HBCU inspired charter elementary school to open in the city.

The Becoming Collegiate Academy will soon serve from kindergarten to fifth grade, right now serving up to first grade, and the school’s founder Cameron Frazier, saw the need for such as school as this one and is excited to have founded one as a Jacksonville native.

The school is publicly funded, and as stated on the official website, in the beginning stages, welcomes donations. As the school is growing, this is a great opportunity for educators to get on board for the influx of students for the upper grades and become a major part of this historic school.

So what exactly is an HBCU, and what is their history? HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and they were founded, most by African Americans, for the higher education of black people during times when segregation and racism ruled the land of the United States. African Americans could not attend schools because white people didn’t want them there, and it was against the law. Therefore, African Americans, such as Booker T. Washington, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Dr. James Edward Shepard and several more founded schools that became the HBCUs we have today.

Most HBCUs are located in the southern part of the United States of America, and some of the top in the USA are Tuskegee University in Alabama, Howard University in Washington, DC and Spelman in Atlanta, Georgia and several more. There are over 100 HBCUs in the country.