Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Republicans Founded the Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Most people do not know that it was white Republicans who financed, funded and sponsored the colleges and universities for African Americans in the 1800s and early 1900s, while Democrats, with brutal force, opposed every effort made by Republicans to educate African Americans.
Billionaire John D. Rockefeller was the Republican philanthropist who donated millions of dollars to black colleges. Henry L. Morehouse and Laura Spelman are two white Republicans who worked very hard to establish and maintain some of our historically black colleges.

Laura Spelman’s work with black schools and colleges had a profound influence on both her husband and her son, John D. Rockefeller and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In 1902, father and son set up a General Education Board to assist Southern black schools. By the end of the first decade, the board had donated more than $33 million toward furthering the goals of black education. By 1921, they had donated an additional $96 million for education. Black schools and colleges were the recipients of some of this money as well.

Spelman College, established for African American women, bears the name this devout Christian woman.

Henry L. Morehouse was the Executive Secretary of the Home Mission Society, an organization that financed and started many of the first black schools and colleges. Morehouse received national recognition when a prominent black college in Atlanta, Georgia, the Augusta Institute, decided to honor him by naming their school after him (Morehouse College).

Atlanta University’s founder and first president (1867-1885) was Republican Edmund Asa Ware, who had been converted to abolitionism as a young man by reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

The founder of Fisk University was Republican Erastus M. Cravath. Cravath had been brought up by his abolitionist father and had attended two integrated colleges.

The following is a list of some of the black schools and colleges that were founded by prominent Republicans in the face of opposition from Democrats.

Morehouse College 1867 Atlanta, GA
Howard University 1867 Washington, DC
Spelman College 1881 Atlanta, GA
Shaw University 1865 Raleigh, NC
Fisk University 1866 Nashville, TN
Atlanta University 1867 Atlanta, GA
Virginia Union University 1899 Richmond, VA
Straight University 1869 New Orleans, LA
Talladega College 1867 Talladega, AL
Clark University 1870 Atlanta, GA
Meharry Medical College 1867 Nashville, TN
Morgan College 1867 Baltimore, MD
New Orleans University 1873 New Orleans LA
Philander Smith College 1883 Little Rock AR
Rust College 1883 Holy Spring MS
Samuel Houston College 1900 Austin, TX


Black GOP Collegiate Groups at Historically Black Colleges

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=44835694276 – Morehouse http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6287541260 – Howard


Anonymous said...

Wow, I never knew that. Just one more proof that it is democrats who keep minorities down while claiming they are the only ones fighting for them.

Anonymous said...

Is this fair? The republican and democratic parties of the 1800s and 1900s were COMPLETELY different from what they both are today.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry it is very much the same party. The only difference is that there are new voices that have been added and these voices are stronger, but as a person who lives in the North East and whose family has been Republican for over 100 years, it is the same party.

Anonymous said...

If that's what the republican party once was then too bad it has now become what it currently is. If the GOP of today were to finance Black schools it would be for the purpose of keeping minorities out of the white schools.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a fuck...HBC's suck anyways

Anonymous said...

What a dumb statement.. If the GOP of today were to finance Black schools it would be for the purpose of keeping minorities out of the white schools...just a dumbass, retarded statement!

R Gregory said...

We can't choose which part of history we wish to live by, yet some say the Republicans are different today. This is not true. Republicans come in all races and from all cultures.
Pres. Bush elected more minorities to high government offices than any Democrat has.

Let's go back to my first sentence if, and that is if, one can live by the credo, "Republicans are different now.", so also that person, to be consistent, must also say, "We don't have Slavery now, so Whites are Okay." Of course this thought never crosses the Victim-minded person mindset.

Never mind that less than 1% of America's population ever had slaves. Never mind the many Causcasion immigrants who've arrived in the past 200 years. The Victim-minded person is mentally stuck thinking, "all whites this and all whites that"

This victim mentality is disresptful of the many Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians who're are Republicans that took responsibility for their goals in life. These successful Americans never allowed others to drag them down.

Brian Floyd said...

Well said

Anonymous said...

Is this fair? The republican and democratic parties of the 1800s and 1900s were COMPLETELY different from what they both are today.

You're right, of course. Republicans are far more liberal now than they were then (more government control) and Democrats have now shifted even further into outright reactionary totalitarianism than they already were.

Anonymous said...

Let's also not forget that the first slaves in this country where white Irish...

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how brainwashed our folks are. Demokkkrats have convinced black folks that Republicans are the enemy and Demokkkrats are the friends of Blacks. The joke is on us. Where are the black universities named after Demokkkrats during the period of 1865 to 1921. We know what Republicans did.

Donald R Morgan said...

As a people (the black race) we must continue to strive to become better educated, and know the true meaning behind history. I agree, the parties (Republican and Democrat) were much different than they are today. I also agree, we must think in terms of people and not parties. Yes, the republicans, then and now, make strides to cater to the needs of both the poverty stricken and the black race, but we must ask ourselves, "what's the motive behind it". Of course they founded these institutions because they didn't want blacks to go to school with them. That's a no brainer. Don't get too excited, and pledge allegiance to republicans or democrats. Instead, get on the side of the righteous, and say that it was Jesus that brought us "this far on the way", no matter who he did it through. Words from a PROUD HBCU graduate.

Gary C. said...

@Donald Morgan: Please read the article again. The Republicans who founded HBCUs were doing so against the OPPOSITION of Democrats who did not want a recently enslaved people to become educated. HBCUs were safer and more nurturing enclaves of higher education at the time of their founding...so relatively soon after the Civil War, and in places (not just in the South) where racist Democrat opposition constituted a real risk for their students. If Republicans were so loath to have Blacks in THEIR schools then, why did they elect them into THEIR Congress? aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/hiram-revels-first-black-congressman-united-states