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Prominent Black Alumni at Prestigious Institutions

Prominent Black Alumni at Prestigious Institutions

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The JBHE Foundation
The Nation's Highest-Ranked Colleges and Universities Name Some of Their DistinguishedBlack AlumniSource:
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education,
No. 40 (Summer, 2003), pp. 106-118Published by: The JBHE FoundationStable URL:
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OMEOFTHEnation'smostprestigiousollegesfivenominees,nd or hese choolsJBHEditorsaredheanduniversities ave beengraduatinglacklist to includeustfive individuals.or the schoolsstudentsoraslongas 180years.But until^thatsubmitted ore han ivenames,lumniwhosethe ate1960sandearly1970smostof thenation'smajorccomplishmentserenathletics renter-highest-rankedollegesanduniversitiesnrolledtainment erehemostikelyo be eliminated.veryew black tudents.Nevertheless,t the cur- Here wepresenta selectionofdistinguishedrenttime,all of the nation'sliteinstitutionsf blackalumnifthenation'sighest-rankedol-higherducationaveamassed n admirableecordlegesanduniversities.he alumni re istedunderofgraduatingdiversegroupofAfrican-American thenames f theeducationalnstitutions,nalphabet-
students.Each of theseprestigiouscollegesand uni-
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