Jerry Rice, one of the most decorated wide receivers in NFL history, began his college career at Mississippi Valley University (Itta Bena, MS) in the 1980s and earned his Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education 17 years later.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are cornerstones of the African-American community and their graduates have shaped national politics, entertainment, business and academia. There are 106 HBCUs across the nation and each one provides a culturally rich and exemplary academic experience for their diverse and highly motivated students.
In this photo gallery, NewsOne.com recognizes HBCU graduates who have been successful leaders and trailblazers in their respective fields. While this list is by no means comprehensive, it is an eclectic sampling of the greatness that our HBCUs produce.