Historically Black Colleges and Universities: What You Should Know

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Former college administrator Alphonso W. Knight Sr. releases reference guide

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I want to encourage African Americans to learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities and to encourage guidance counselors, black or white, to learn more about these schools as they are slowly diminishing in numbers.

If we took a poll from high school students and guidance counselors in the United States to gage their familiarity between Stanford University and Harris–Stowe State University—located in St. Louis, Missouri—it would be easy to guess which university is more widely recognized.

Alphonso W. Knight Sr., author and former college administrator, is working to increase awareness for institutions like Harris-Stowe State University with his new book, “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: What You Should Know.”

The former college alumni director and member of the national board of directors for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) hopes that his reference guide will become a go-to resource for potential students and counselors in choosing where they will complete a postsecondary education.

Knight said, “I want to encourage African Americans to learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities and to encourage guidance counselors, black or white, to learn more about these schools as they are slowly diminishing in numbers.”

Historically Black Colleges and Universities: What You Should Know
By Alphonso W. Knight Sr.
ISBN: 978-1-4990-4496-6
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris online bookstores

About the author

Alphonso W. Knight Sr. is a retired architectural engineer, teacher, and college administrator. He served as superintendent of buildings and grounds at Fessenden Academy in Martin, Florida, and at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He taught in the public school system in St. Louis, Missouri, and taught at Forest Park College in St. Louis, Missouri. Coupled with his teaching, he practiced architecture. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia, and a master’s degree in mathematics from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. His work experience also includes alumni administration at both Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a consultant in alumni affairs to more than 25 institutions of higher education.

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