During a time when access to formal and higher education was scarce in black communities around the world, West African and African American students pioneered their way to academic milestones. 3 Colleges in the 19th Century helped to set the pathway for higher education in those communities.
Liberia College, now the University of Liberia, was established in 1863 in Monrovia, Liberia. Some of its first Students were African Americans who had settled there with their families from the United States. The first President of the college was Joseph Jenkins Roberts, an African American from Virginia, who also became Liberia’s first President. One of the college’s most prominent Professors was Edward Wilmot Blyden, considered to be the Father of Pan-Africanism.