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20 Vintage Photos That Capture Black College Student Life In The 1940s

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." —Nelson Mandela

Established in 1867, Washington, D.C.'s Howard University is one of America's most iconic historically black universities and has seen thousands of the country's brightest minds pass through its doors.

Notable alumni include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, and Pulitzer Prize– and Nobel Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison, to name a few.

This is what campus life at Howard University looked like in 1946: