Amistad’s current blog series highlights the Historically Black Colleges and Universities found in our School Newspaper Collection. Today we feature Howard University. In 1866, members of the American Missionary Association met to discuss the best way to help educate the large number of African Americans who had recently been freed from slavery following the U.S. Civil War. The A.M.A. – the interdenominational organization whose records make up the core collection of the Amis
Hylan Lewis was born in Washington D.C. in 1911. He received his B.A. from Virginia Union University (1932) and his M.A. (1936) and Ph.D. (1951) from the University of Chicago. Lewis would become a sociologist and a pioneer in the field of community studies. He began his career at Howard University where he was an Instructor in Sociology and Economics from 1933-1941. During his tenure at Howard University in 1937, Lewis taught a course titled Sociology 125: Social Psychology.