It's homecoming season, and alumni and students alike are gathering to celebrate their universities. This year, we've been detailing the rich legacy of homecoming at HBCUs — historically black colleges and universities initially founded on the premise of providing higher education for people of color.
"HBCU majorette teams already exude 'Black Girl Magic,' but the costumes they wear only enhance the magic that is already present," says celebrity designer Brea Stinson.
Teen's date ditched her for homecoming, so her sister Photoshopped Ryan Reynolds and Patrick Dempsey into the photos.
At a historically black college and university, homecoming is a weeklong celebration that includes everything from high-energy step-dancing and fashion shows to exuberant parades and tailgate parties.
Historically black colleges and universities , aka HBCUs , were established long before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on the premise of providing higher education for African-Americans. After Congress passed the Second Morrill Act of 1890 , states with nonintegrated land-grant colleges were required by law to create land-grant schools for black students. In addition to training in agricultural and mechanical arts, classes on black history were also a curriculum priority. From Tennessee State University and Tuskegee University to Howard University and Morehouse College, HBCU alumni include prominent figures and A-list stars such as Martin Luther King Jr . and Toni Morrison , Oprah Winfrey , Lionel Richie , and Taraji P. Henson . In the spirit of homecoming season, scroll on to learn which other celebrities attended HBCUs . Yahoo Lifestyle is excited to highlight the rich legacy of homecoming style at historically black colleges and universities! And we want to hear from current students and alumni! Here’s how you can participate: share your photos and videos on Twitter and Instagram with the hash tag #HBCUstyle for a chance to be featured on our site. Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle: • 15-year-old Skai Jackson designs sophisticated clothing line for teens • Black Students Say ‘Make America Great Again’ Girls Knew Howard University Was An HBCU • The Trump Administration Is Creating An HBCU-Specific Executive Order — But What Does That Mean? Follow us on Instagram , Facebook , and Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Teenage girls like Mikayla Oden are breaking gender stereotypes by being the only female football player on the team — and become homecoming queens to boot.
A makeup artist hid the bruises and cuts this high school student sustained after a car accident so she'd be ready for homecoming.
The day dedicated to dressing up with your "squad" — whether that means friends, teammates, or even teachers — has groups of people dressing up in matching outfits.
A teen was able to attend his high school homecoming dance looking fresh, thanks to a police officer who helped style him for the evening.
A teen's best friend couldn't come to homecoming because he's undergoing cancer treatment at the hospital, so she brought homecoming to him.
Homecoming season: a time for high school students to ask out their new crushes of the school year, a chance to play dress-up with less fuss and pressure than prom, an opportunity for schools to make girls feel weird about their bodies. The latter is what one mother in Arizona says her daughter went through as they tried to find her an outfit that fit the dress code for the fall formal, and she’s not happy about it. “A day that should’ve been magical was filled with tears,” Sadie Roach wrote on her blog, Slap Dash Mom, of shopping with her daughter Jenelle.
Senior Megan Goulding from Frisco, Texas, and a group of her schoolmates hit up IKEA and posed in its staged rooms for some original homecoming photos.
Stories have emerged recently about two high schools (one in Maryland, one in Texas) attempting to go gender-neutral when it comes to the homecoming court.