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Beyoncè Giselle Knowles-Carter has unofficially officially made it National HBCU month. Her groundbreaking performance at Coachella last year was already powerful, but the Queen had the nerve to bless us with a Netflix movie that further highlights the beauty, boldness and Blackness of an HBCU.

Historically Black colleges and universities have always been a space to cultivate talent. Not just in sports or entertainment, but as world figures, thought leaders and revolutionaries. When you have the power of education under your belt — there’s almost nothing that can stop you from shifting culture. These 11 ground breakers opted to attend an HBCU and eventually took on the world. Judging by their successes, they all made the right choice.

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