HBCU of the Week: Bennett College

Founded in 1873, Bennett College started in the basement in what is now known as St. Matthew’s Methodist Church. Bennett College originally educated men and women, but in 1926, the Women’s Home Missionary Society joined with the Board of Education of the church to make Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., a college for women. Bennett College was very instrumental in organizing and executing the historic Greensboro sit-ins in 1960 at the F. W. Woolworth lunch counter.

Bennett Belles protesting in 1960

Bennett Belles protesting in 1960

Bennett has graduated many notable alum, including the FIRST woman and African American to lead the Peace Corps, Carolyn R. Payton.

Carolyn R. Payton, first woman and African-American to lead the Peace Corps

Carolyn R. Payton, first woman and African-American to lead the Peace Corps

Bennett Belles still ring the bell with purpose, integrity, and a strong sense of self-worth, and we are excited to have Bennett College featured as our #HBCUoftheWeek

To give to Bennett College, please visit: Bennett.edu/standwithbennett