A History of the US's Historically Black Colleges and Universities

February 22nd,2024 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Johnny Johnson, M.Ed

A History of the US's Historically Black Colleges and Universities


The United States Department of Education lists 107 colleges throughout the nation as HBCUs – Historically Black Colleges and Universities. What are their origins? What was the role of the Morrill Land-Grant Acts of 1862 in establishing America's HBCUs? What have been their contributions over the years and into the present? Longtime educator and historian Johnny Johnson, a JES Scholar-in-Residence, offers insight into the history and present of HBCUs and their role in making America more diverse and producing African American scholars who have aided America in fulfilling its goal of education for all.


Location: Jefferson Educational Society - 3207 State Street, Erie, PA 16508

Date/Time: Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: $10/person or $15 with a guest 

Parking: lot behind building, State Street, 33rd Street, 32nd Street, French Street

Johnny Johnson, M.Ed

Johnny Johnson, M.Ed., is a native of Covington, GA, and has been a resident of Erie for 45 years. Mr. Johnson taught health and physical education at various middle and high schools in Erie’s Public Schools for more than 30 years before retiring. He coached many athletic teams and was the first African American to coach a varsity basketball team in Erie’s history. He earned his master’s degree in Curriculum and Administration in HPE from Slippery Rock University after earning his bachelor’s degree in education from Fort Valley State University. He is one of the founding members of the Harry T. Burleigh Society, has participated in numerous historical programs, and is the author of Erie African Americans in the 1880s.