While as I understand the point the author is attempting to make, I think it is unfair to HBCUs to name them as the birthplace of Black Respectability. In my opinion, we ignore the complete picture of the plight of Black lives in the United States when we do so. Therefore, one cannot adequately draw a link from three non-HBCU graduates to the influence of Black Respectability in HBCU culture. Black respectability goes well beyond HBCUs. In my opinion, many HBCUs were created out of an interest convergence — Black respectability politics.