Definition of a historically black colleges & universities


Historically black colleges and universities are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. 

During the period of segregation in the United States prior to the Civil Rights Act, the overwhelming majority of higher education institutions were predominantly white and disqualified African Americans from enrollment.  For a century after the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, most colleges and universities in the Southern United States prohibited all African Americans from attending, while institutions in other parts of the country regularly employed quotas to limit admissions of blacks.  


President's Welcome


         As a young student growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, my aspirations were shaped by family members and educators from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I learned at an early age that limitations were, by and large, self-imposed. As a graduate of Jackson State University, it became abundantly clear, that without educators who set performance standards and clear academic expectations, I may not have pursued my own purpose.

          In meeting thousands of under served students over the years, one thing is certain. Young people have the same hope that I did many years ago and want to know their value. That alone drives my passion to help one more student succeed. The Indianapolis Black Alumni Council, was established 40 years ago with the same purpose and vision.

          Our organization wants to raise the bar for our students seeking an academic career. Historically Black Colleges and Universities do just that. Average isn’t good enough today.  

I truly believe we must help our students raise their confidence 

and prepare them to be their best in the 21st century.

          It is my honor to lead this organization in identifying top academic talent and introducing students to our finest HBCUs.  

We will connect our students with innovative educators who are equipped to develop their talent and unique capabilities.  It is a pleasure to welcome you to participate in IBAC’s 40th Annual HBCU College Fair.

Robert Henderson 
Indianapolis Black Alumni Council


Indianapolis black alumni council, inc. history

Over 40 years of Service


In October of 1978, the organization formed at the home of Wilberforce Alumnus

Dr. Lehman Adams and Dillard University Alumna Gloria Adams.  At the initial meetings,

interest was high and large numbers attended.  In October of 1979, Dr. Martha Mitchell

received the nominating committee’s report and appointed the Constitution and Bylaws

Committee.  The Nominating Committee, Mary Boldin, Gloria Morton-Finney and James

Robinson presented the slate of officers, which was accepted.

Founding Officers

President - Martha Mitchell

Vice-President - Roy Bussell

Secretary - Mary Boldin

Treasurer- James Robinson

Historian - Gloria Adams

The final draft of the constitution was adopted in 1979.  From this document, the

Indianapolis Black Alumni Council was named, and the following objectives were identified

as desirable goals and outcomes of the Council’s actions:

1.  Foster the ideals of Black Colleges and Universities.

2.  Promote, encourage, maintain and promulgate a strong relationship with each of the

member Alumni organizations.

3.  Promote and encourage local high school student to attend Historically Black Colleges

and Universities.

4.  Serve as an informational clearinghouse, disseminate information and maintain a

presence with county, city, state and national school

communities, and member organizations.

5.  Encourage graduates and former students to actively support their Alumni Associations.

6.  Develop a spirit of fellowship, camaraderie and cooperation among council members.