Author: Corey Williams, Associated Press Writer

The Sparrow Twins — united with each other, and their HBCU

BRIA AND BRANDI SPARROW, celebrated for their accomplishments as Wilberforce University graduates at an Aug. 27 event at the Grayson Center. (Photos by Gail Manker)

Bria and Brandi showed ‘faith’ in Wilberforce through university’s tough times

Historically-Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, were created to give Black Americans the chance for the higher education they’d long been denied.

Dr. Rachel Poole, one of the first Black students in Pitt’s nursing program, dies at age 92

DR. RACHEL POOLE

Was one of the first Black students admitted to Pitt’s nursing program in 1943

Dr. Rachel Poole was a woman that wore many hats in her personal and professional life. She was a nurse, a mother, an educator, and over the years became a woman of accomplishment. But perhaps her most notable accomplishment was becoming one of the first three Black students admitted into the University of Pittsburgh’s nursing program in 1943. Dr. Poole, along with the other two Black students, graduated in 1947.