Hampton vs. Howard: More Than Just a Game – Historic Photos

In just a few short hours two of our nation’s most historic HBCUs face off in the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic to determine who in fact is the real HU. Hampton University and Howard University were founded shortly after the Civil War and for well over a century continues to set a standard in educating young people all over the world.

The Nation’s Classic will showcase the talents of these two institutions both on and off the field. Be sure to catch the Presidential Symposium: An Exploration of Community and Police Relations, “The Game Before the Game: Student Debate Hampton vs. Howard” and the HBCU College and Career Fair with the Congressional Black College Foundation.

While you are enjoying the many festivities, be sure to look at some amazing photos of Hampton and Howard’s football team over the years!

Howard football team - 1946

Howard football team – 1946


Hampton vs. Howard 1915 game. Original photo from the Crisis Magazine

Hampton vs. Howard 1915 game. Original photo from the Crisis Magazine

Hampton Institute Football Team 1900. Hampton welcomed students from all over the world. This was one of the most diverse teams in the nation, including Native Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans

Hampton Institute Football Team 1900. Hampton welcomed students from all over the world. This was one of the most diverse teams in the nation, including Native Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans

Hampton - 1921

Hampton – 1921

Where are our African American Men…Prison or College?

Recently, I have had the opportunity to gain a first-hand account of how many African American males are in prison. Sadly, I left with the impression that majority of our African American males are incarcerated. However the “Cellblock vs. College” article explains that my outlook may actually be a myth. http://www.howard.edu/schooleducation/Research_Spotlight/RS2.html

Toldson and Morton, authors of this article, report that there are approximately 395,443 more African American males in college than in prison. Interesting? Yes, indeed. This myth that there are more African American males in prison has become so stereotypical that people have actually begun to believe it as factual.

So you must ask yourself, what factual information confirms Toldson and Morton’s notion that there are more African American males in college than prison.

  • In 2010 reports showed that 1,236,443 African American men were enrolled in college versus the 841, 000 serving time.
  • The institutions of higher education where African American males are enrolled in high percentages include: University of Phoenix-Online Campus, Strayer University, Central Texas College, Miami Dade College, University of Maryland – University College, FAMU, N.C. A & T, Troy University (AL), Texas Southern, CUNY New York City College of Technology, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Prairie View A & M (TX), Jackson State (MS), Southern University and A & M College , Morgan State University , Excelsoir College, Columbia College, Morehouse College, Liberty University, Howard University, Saint Leo University, Park University, Webster University, Nova Southeastern University, Hampton University and Harvard University. (HBCUs are highlighted)
  • In 2009 African American males represent 40% of the total male population incarcerated compared to 45% in 2000.
  • U. S. Census reports there’s approximately 17,945,068 African American males
  • 6.3 % of African American male are in college
  • 4.7% of African American males are in prison

Now that you’ve seen these figures, are you encouraged to concede the myth  that there are more African American males in prison than college? If so, how would you do that? Will you encourage an African American male or yourself (if you are an African American male) to attend and complete college and continue to challenge these numbers? Will you serve as a mentor to a young brother with hopes of obtaining a higher education but has no support? Or will you help our African American brothers in prison obtain the resources needed once they’ve completed their time to obtain an education?

I believe Oprah Winfrey said it best in her donation to the Men of Morehouse… “When you empower a black man, you light up the world. When you empower a black man, you empower families. You empower his wife. You empower sons. You empower daughters … You light up the world.”

Who will you empower?

HU President Dr. William R. Harvey Responds to WSJ Article Criticizing HBCUs



A recent Wall Street Journal article by Jason Riley questioned the relevance of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in today’s society. He complained about President Obama’s conventional approach to HBCUs and opined that “instead of more subsidies and toothless warnings to shape up,” the President and federal government ought to “…remake these schools to meet today’s challenges.”

I cannot speak for the President, but I have spoken to him about HBCUs. An ardent supporter of historically black colleges and universities, President Obama understands and appreciates their value to the nation and the world. The facts justify his support, i.e., representing 4% of all American colleges and universities, HBCUs conferred over 22% of all degrees awarded to African Americans. With only 13% of African Americans in higher education, these colleges awarded nearly 30% of all undergraduate degrees earned by African American students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines; 50% of all bachelor’s degrees in teacher education received by African American students; and 85% of Doctor of Medicine degrees acquired by African Americans according to statistics compiled by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

Most HBCUs are also economic engines in their communities. According to a 2006 National Center for Educational Statistics report, the short term economic impact of HBCUs is $10 billion annually, providing more than 180,000 full and part-time jobs. The report also noted, “to put that in perspective, the rolled up employment impact of the nation’s HBCUs exceeds the 177,000 jobs at the Bank of America in 2006, which was the nation’s 23rd largest employer.”

In attempting to make his case, Riley presented biased, antiquated suppositions such as articles written by Thomas Sowell some 36-years ago along with references by Christopher Jencks and David Riesman some 43-years ago. Riley also makes such groundless claims as “…available evidence shows that in the main, these students are better off exercising their non-HBCU options.” What evidence? This certainly is not the experience that we have seen at Hampton University.

Another ridiculous assertion that Riley offers is that “For-profit entities could be brought in to manage other schools.” He uses the University of Phoenix, a for-profit college, as an example stating that they confer more bachelor’s degrees on black students than any other school. Does he really want HBCUs to model themselves after an institution whose latest graduation rates, as reported by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), was 1% at 4 years, 4% at 6 years, and 6% at 8 years?

Riley’s mindset, journalistic standards, and research methodology aside, as President of Hampton University, and Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on HBCUs, I want to provide a more accurate view of HBCUs and the quality work many of these institutions perform.

First and foremost, just like predominately white institutions, HBCUs are not a monolith. Some are exceptional, the majority are sufficient — all but a few are accredited institutions that meet or exceed the standards set by the accrediting bodies for any institution. An acknowledgment of some of the world-class academic and research activities at HBCUs is in order. Let me begin with my own institution—Hampton University.

In August, Hampton University began seeing its first patients at the Hampton University Proton Therapy cancer treatment center. The center is one of only eight in the United States and the largest free-standing facility in the world. Sixty-five percent of the patients treated at this facility will have prostate cancer, the other 35% will be those with breast, lung, ocular, and pediatric cancers.

Faculty in our School of Pharmacy have been involved in Alzheimer’s research. If their research on proteins in the blood can provide a link to Alzheimer’s, then a protocol establishing an early diagnostic test will allow physicians to treat the disease before it manifests itself.

Our Skin of Color Institute is a research center dedicated to probing issues, challenges, and diseases unique to the skin in people of color. The goal is to develop new and better treatments.

In 2007, Hampton University launched a $140 million weather satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base to study noctilucent clouds in the ionosphere. With this feat, Hampton became the first historically black college or university to have 100% responsibility and control of a NASA satellite mission.

Hampton is also home to the National Center for African American Marriages and Parenting. The Center’s mission is to strengthen families in the African American community by helping them gain essential knowledge, skills, and other resources required for building and sustaining healthy marriages and practicing effective parenting.

Hampton’s nationally known physics department continues to do outstanding work. One physics group has received 12 patents on prostate and breast cancer detection devices. Another group has 14 patents on prosthesis for artificial limbs.

The Hampton University Leadership Academy is providing a multi-faceted approach to improving the level and effectiveness of school leaders. Hampton is the only educational entity in the entire state of Virginia to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education in support of this initiative, and will work with the public school systems in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Franklin, Danville, and Roanoke, Virginia.

When one looks at the depth and breadth of Hampton University’s academic, research, and public service activities, any objective analysis will show that Hampton does not need a remake, as it is clearly one of the best and most productive modest-sized universities in the country.

Other HBCUs are also doing outstanding work. Xavier University in New Orleans has educated nearly 25% of the approximately 6,000 black pharmacists practicing in the United States, and ranks first in the nation in placing African American students in medical schools. Tougaloo College ranks among the top 50 institutions whose graduates earn PhDs in science and engineering disciplines. More than 40% of Mississippi’s practicing African-American physicians, dentists, other health professionals, and attorneys are graduates of Tougaloo College.

North Carolina A&T is the nation’s largest producer of African-American bachelors and doctorates in engineering. North Carolina A&T, Tuskegee, Florida A&M, Spelman, Tennessee State, Prairie View A&M, Morgan State, Howard, and Alabama A&M cumulatively graduate more than 30% of all African Americans who receive engineering degrees.

In addition to training physicians, dentists, and other health professionals, Meharry Medical College has a Center of AIDS Health Disparities Research. Faculty at this Center have discovered and patented a salve that removes cholesterol from the HIV virus causing it to lose its ability to infect.

This short list of some of the research and academic activities at HBCUs refutes the assertion that HBCUs are inferior. In fact, it illustrates that some HBCUs are superior.

Better research could have enlightened Riley immensely. Sometimes, however, particularly when a viewpoint is inaccurate or extreme, people don’t want to be confused with the facts.

Clearly, historically black colleges and universities do not need “a makeover” or “a new mission.” What is needed are major publications, such as the Wall Street Journal to conduct solid and sincere research so it can better appreciate the value and contributions HBCUs make.