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400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
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Ayesha Rascoe: "HBCU Made"

Ayesha Rascoe, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, will discuss a collection of essays she's edited about historically Black colleges and universities, alumni both famous and up-and-coming write testimonials about the schools and experiences that shaped their lives and made them who they are today

The first book featuring famous alumni sharing personal accounts of the Black college experience, HBCU Made offers a series of warm, moving, and candid personal essays about the schools that nurtured and educated them. The contributors write about how they chose their HBCU, their first days on campus, the dynamic atmosphere of classes where students were constantly challenged to do their best, the professors who devoted themselves to the students, the marching bands and majorettes and their rigorous training.

For some, the choice to attend an HBCU was an easy one, as they followed in the footsteps of their parents or siblings. For others, it was a carefully considered step away from a predominantly white institution to be educated in a place where they would never have to justify their presence. And for some authors here, it was an HBCU that took them in and cared for them like family, often helping them to overcome a rough patch.

For all, the pride in their choice is abundantly clear. HBCU Made is a perfect gift for each generation of prospective students and brand-new alumni to come.

Ayesha Rascoe will be joined in conversation by Juana Summers, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered

Program Information: 

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person.   
  • To attend in person please register here.  
  • Doors will open to registered attendees at 6 pm. 
  • All registered in-person attendees will receive a free copy of the book. 
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program. 

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