Nicole Barnwell-Spreading the HBCU Gospel

Nicole Barnwell is making sure that students in the Tri-State area know that historically Black colleges and universities are an option when it comes to higher education. Through her nonprofit organization The HBCU Hub, Inc., she’s making sure every child has the opportunity to learn about Black colleges.

A graduate of Hampton University, Barnwell started The HBCU Hub, Inc. as an Instagram account in 2015 where she posted local events about Black colleges such as college fairs.

“When I first started, I found that a lot of young people in the area didn’t know what HBCUs were,” Barnwell said. “I wanted to do something about this. I felt it was necessary to bring awareness and to increase the movement.”


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