In the years following the Civil War, a number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs (as they are known today), opened. Their goal was to educate African Americans, who had not been afforded the right to an education. You can read about the past and present of HBCUs in this issue, and also meet some of the more famous African American educators, such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. Learn why African Americans had to "steal away" to go to schools before the Civil War. Read about the Quaker role in African American education, and see how the 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas addressed the rights of African Americans to "equal educational opportunities." Try to make berry ink and discover a message in the maze of words.