Once you attend one, it becomes ingrained in your livelihood and for many alumni it becomes a family tradition for generations to come to attend the same Alma mater.
College life at HBCUs, as shown by Beyoncé in her Coachella performance, includes marching bands, dancers, and steppers who leave their all on a stage, football field, or yard, integrating the long grand tradition of music and dance in the African culture.
Or, perhaps, you would like for your child to attend a historically black college (for whatever the reason.) Attending an HBCU is most certainly one of the greatest and richest experiences black children can and should experience in their lifetime.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities exist to provide cultural identity, purpose, inclusiveness, togetherness, and academic competence to prepare students to go beyond the campus to achieve greatness.
Research the companies who hire teenagers and see what they are offering in terms of scholarships, grants, and internships for their high school employees.
Some of these places may pay for your undergraduate education, or a portion of it, especially if your field of interest is in the field that the company represents.
What Beyoncé showed you in her tribute to HBCUs is only a fraction of what the BGLOs do and what an HBCU is all about.
You simply have to be there to see it, feel it, and experience it. There are over 100 HBCUs in the nation and thousands of students apply to these institutions each year. Even then, some are not able to attend due to the cost of tuition and fees.
Band members and Drum Majors are sought after to continue the high energy and music of a college band.
Many of them are offered scholarships that will pay their tuition or all of their college expenses.