8 Artists who Attended HBCUs

by Chloe S. Epstein

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are places of creativity and have birthed many artists. Today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features 8 of the most prominent artists, poets, singers, and writers who attended HBCUs.

1) Toni Morrison—Howard University


Toni Morrison went to Howard University in 1949. She went on to be an award winning writer, editor, and professor who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

2) Nikki Giovanni—Fisk University


Nikki Giovanni is an American poet who went to Fisk University in 1960.
She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the authors of the Black Arts Movement.

3) Erykah Badu—Grambling State University


Erykah Badu is a singer, songwriter, and record producer known as the “Queen of Neo Soul.” She went to Grambling State University.

4) Langston Hughes—Lincoln University


Langston Hughes was a famous poet from the Harlem Renaissance who attended Lincoln University in 1928.

5) Alice Walker—Spelman College


Alice Walker is a writer and poet who wrote The Color Purple (1982) and attended Spelman College in 1961.

6) Cab Callaway—Lincoln University


Cab Callaway was a jazz singer and bandleader who attended Lincoln University and was known for his “scat” singing.

7) Claude McKay—Tuskegee University


Claude McKay was a writer and poet during the Harlem Renaissance who attended Tuskegee Institute (as it was then called) in 1912.

8) Melvin B. Tolson—Fisk and Lincoln Universities


Melvin B. Tolson was a Modernist poet and writer during the Harlem Renaissance who went to Fisk University in 1919 but later transferred to Lincoln University.

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