A Celebration of the Black College Experience
by Ayesha Rascoe

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In this joyous collection of essays about historically Black colleges and universities—edited by the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, Ayesha Rascoe—alumni both famous and up-and-coming write testimonials about the schools and experiences that shaped their lives and made them who they are today.

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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 224

Publication Date 01/30/2024

ISBN 9781643753867

Dimensions 5.75 inches x 8.55 inches

“Ayesha Rascoe is a tour de force, bringing the readers' hearts and mind into the experience of attending an HBCU. This collection of essays is a moving testament to the power of HBCUs and how they shaped remarkable lives and helped foster great talent. I felt transported to these campuses experiencing these raw, honest, funny, hopeful, and inspiring stories.” 

“One of my greatest life regrets is not attending an HBCU. I was accepted to Howard, the Mecca, when I graduated high school in 1989, but due to family concerns was unable to attend. This glorious book by Ayesha Rascoe reinforces everything I dreamed the experience would be. If only I had a Time Machine!  #ShouldHaveBeenABison”


“If you know firsthand the joy, the pride, and the promises fulfilled on an HBCU campus, you will smile in recognition.  If you don’t, this collection of essays is a wonderful introduction to that HBCU magic!”


"Warm testimony about critically important experiences."

— Kirkus Reviews

"A nostalgic, jubilant ode to HBCUs, their breathtaking histories and devoted alumni. HBCU MADE gives clarity and scope to the impact these historical institutions have made in the lives of some of our nation’s brightest and most dignified talents." 

"NPR host Rascoe’s powerful collection of essays… presents a resounding rebuttal to doubters, revealing the unique joys, challenges, frustrations, and rewards of the HBCU experience… Essential reading for our cultural moment. YAs thinking about college will find these perspectives on HBCUs illuminating."

— Booklist

Named a Most Anticipated Book of January/2024 by BookRiot and Ebony.

“These stories not only affirm the value of these particular institutions but also help graduates of any school recognize the scale of their accomplishments. You may find them inspiring yourself.”

— Oprah Daily, 10 Best Books to Give a Recent Graduate