Progressive Baptist Church HBCU Tour
​St. Paul, MN
Hitstorically Black Colleges & Universities​​

Progressive Baptist Church Education Ministry's Mission Statement​​

To provide or youth (grades K-12) with the tools and support for educational and life long success. ​
Our goals for your child:
1) Promote and encourage higher education
2) Expose students to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's)
3) Educate students on the significance of the HBCU's.

HBCU College Tour History

The first ever college tour sponsored by The Education Ministry of Progressive Baptist Church included seventeen students (grades 9-12) along with eight chaperones. Minnesota took this historic step traveling to colleges in Alabama and Georgia. The idea behind the tour was to give African-American students exposure to college life on a HBCU campus. The tour began in Alabama where students visited Tuskegee University and Alabama State University. The students also visited the George Washington Carver Museum while in Tuskegee. From there, the students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where they visited the three-university consortium of Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark-Atlanta University. The students also visited the Martin Luther King Center where they were exposed to the many contributions made by Dr. King and how his vision and legacy are as important today as it was over 40 years ago.

Touring these historic educational facilities, speaking with current college students, discussing tuition costs, financial aid, campus life and what high school students can do to prepare for college are a few  things that students experienced while on the tour. 

According to Reverend Dr. Earl F. Miller, Senior Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church, "our young people need to be exposed to post-high school educational opportunities. That’s why our education ministry worked so hard to make the goal of taking the students to visit several HBCU’s."

The first tour was made possible by the generosity of over seventy local businesses, members of Progressive Baptist Church,  student fundraising and various individual Twin Cities community members. ​​