HBCUs celebrated on January 20, 2021, as Kamala Harris became the first Black and South Asian American woman to serve at Vice President of the United States of America, and also the first HBCU graduate to serve as the second-most powerful person in the U.S. The vice president graduated from Howard University in 1986. The HBCU campus is located just blocks away from the White House.

Since its establishment in 1867, several Bison graduates have risen through the ranks to become “firsts” in their respective fields. These Howard alums featured the video below are just a few of many highly accomplished graduates to earn a degree from “The Mecca.”