5. HBCUs' identity crisis

Photo illustration collage of the Howard University entrance gates alongside a student raising their hand

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photo: Kate Patterson for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are seeing a new wave of substantial donations and interest from big-name talent, but the attention has also highlighted questions of cultural identity.

Why it matters: In the past decade, flagging enrollment at HBCUs, founded to offer Black people access to higher education during the slavery era, has led schools to actively recruit non-Black students.

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