The nation’s oldest historically black basketball tournament is marked on the calendar of HBCU fans and party goers. The third most attended basketball tournament for all divisions of NCAA, the CIAA tourney is half family reunion, half sporting event.
Tuskegee University originally called the Negro Normal School in Tuskegee was founded in a one room shanty, near Butler Chapel AME Zion Church, by Dr. Booker T. Washington on July 4, 1881
Grambling State University opened on November 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. In 1946, the school became Grambling College, named after P.G. Grambling, the white sawmill owner who had donated the parcel of land where the school was constructed.
In 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, Augusta Institute was established in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga. Upon the death of the founder in 1913, Atlanta Baptist College was named Morehouse College in honor of Henry L. Morehouse
N.C. A&T was established as the A. and M. College for the “Colored Race” by an act of the General Assembly of North Carolina ratified March 9, 1891.
On April 11, 1881, Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles, two friends opened a school in the basement of Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church with $100.
The Honda Battle of the Bands was created to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of black college marching bands and the unique academic experience of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Southern University and A&M College had its beginning in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1880 when a group of Black politicians, led by former U.S. Senator P.B.S. Pinchback, T.T. Allain, and Henry Demas petitioned the State Constitutional Convention to establish a school of higher learning for “colored” people.