HBCU Coming to Michigan


Treasure Stoutermire

Screenshot taken from Pensole Lewis College Of Business and Design website.

In 1837, Richard Humphreys Instituted Cheyney University in Pennsylvania was founded, making it the oldest HBCU in the United States. An HBCU is a Historically black college. These schools were founded on the belief that every individual deserves the right to a higher education, mainly for African Americans or people with an African descent. Also, HBCUs awarded 26% of all bachelor’s degrees granted to Black students, while comprising only 9% of four-year institutions. 


On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed two bills into law that correlate  the reopening of the Lewis College of Business. The college was originally founded in Indianapolis in 1928, before relocating to Detroit in 1939 and closed in 2013. Violet T. Lewis founded The Lewis college of Business and it was mainly a secreital school for black women and many soon after graduating got jobs working at General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Also, this business school will reopen under the new name of Pensole Lewis College Of Business and Design. 


This school will offer free tuition for the students, and programs for black entrepreneurs and designers. So forth, Detroit has a 78.33% percentage of African Americans, which is one of the highest city rates for a particular ethnic group in the United States. The city has not had an upright support for new development opportunities for entrepreneurship and education and Pensole Lewis College Of Business can be a great way to offer these resources and programs for adult and its youth education.