THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965 (HEA)
Club 1964, Inc. derives its name from the HEA of 1965 which marked the federal recognition/designation of
Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
On November 8, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Higher Education Act of 1965. Intended to simply strengthen higher educational resources and provide financial assistance for students, this piece of legislation would also mark the beginning of a new era for the nation's "black schools."
The Higher Education Act of 1965 officially designated over 100 institutions as a "Historically Black College or University."
Because of the HEA, "black schools" were now connected as "HBCUs." So long as they were at least working toward accreditation and established before the year 1964.