Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County

Boys and Girls clubs of Broward County


HBCU Day 2024

In the heart of Black History Month, a significant celebration is on the horizon – an event dedicated to honoring the rich legacy and impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). As we gear up for HBCU Day at Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward, it’s essential to reflect on the origins of HBCUs, the importance of sustaining them, and the broader significance of education within the African American community.

Who Will Be Attending: 

Florida Memorial University, FAMU NAA Broward Alumni Chapter, Edward Waters University and Bethune Cookman University will all be in attendance! Bring your official transcript for potential same day acceptance! These institutions, born out of a tumultuous history, have played a pivotal role in shaping the future of countless African American individuals and communities.

At the event on Monday Feb 19th, we’ll also have the opportunity to listen to an excellent group of alumni from different HBCUs sharing their insights and experiences.

Event Details:

Event: Boys & Girls Club of Broward County HBCU Day

Date: February 19, 2024

Time: 12:30PM- 4:00PM

Location: Leo Goodwin Foundation Teen Center

Address: 7201 Kimberly Boulevard North Lauderdale, FL 33068



Reuben Rifin – Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Duke University
Bethune Cookman University 

Antonio Burgess – District Coordinator at Broward County Schools 
Florida A&M University 

Cornelie E. Antenor – COMET RPS Lead Engineer at NASA 
Florida A&M University 

Johnnie Henry – Admissions Counselor at Edward Waters University 
Edward Waters University 

Kiara Hill – Grants Administrator & Compliance Manager at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County 
Spellman University 


The Birth of Historically Black Colleges & Universities: 

The establishment of Historically Black Colleges & Universities dates back to a time when racial segregation prevailed in the United States. In the 19th century, the doors of higher education were largely closed to African Americans, pushing visionary leaders to create institutions specifically tailored to the needs of black students. These institutions emerged as beacons of hope, offering education and empowerment to a community that had long been denied these opportunities.

Importance of Sustaining HBCUs: 

Today, the relevance of HBCUs remains as vital as ever. These institutions have consistently demonstrated their commitment to providing a nurturing environment that fosters academic excellence, leadership, and cultural pride. HBCUs have produced some of the most influential figures in various fields, from politics and business to arts and sciences. Sustaining HBCUs is not just about preserving history but also ensuring that future generations of African Americans have access to quality education and the tools to break down barriers.

The Power of Education:

Education has always been a powerful catalyst for change and progress. HBCUs not only provide academic knowledge but also cultivate a strong sense of identity, resilience, and community. In a world that often perpetuates systemic inequalities, education becomes a formidable weapon to challenge the status quo. The upcoming event serves as a reminder of the transformative power that education, especially from HBCUs, holds for individuals and the broader society.

Celebrating Black History Month and HBCUs:

Black History Month is not only a time to reflect on the past but also an opportunity to celebrate the present and pave the way for the future. By raising awareness about HBCUs during this month, we amplify the voices and contributions of African Americans to the tapestry of American history. The event becomes a platform to showcase the achievements of HBCU alumni and highlight the ongoing importance of supporting these institutions.

As we eagerly anticipate our upcoming HBCU event, let us recognize and celebrate the profound impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities. These institutions stand as living testaments to the strength, resilience, and brilliance of the African American community. Through education, they have transformed lives and shaped history. In the spirit of Black History Month, let us commit to preserving and uplifting HBCUs, ensuring that their legacy continues to inspire generations to come.

For more information, please contact:

Anith Benjamin (Teen Programs)
(954) 590-0778