When D'Ondre Swails went to college, he looked for a way to replicate the energy and team spirit he had when he ran varsity track in high school. At the historically black, all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta, he discovered the world of quiz bowl.
"It was a replacement for my competitive nature from high school, but something that directly related to being a student," said Swails, 21, of Vallejo, Calif.
The ability to compete to win money for his school was an added bonus.
Amid a national conversation about the relevance of historically black colleges and universities, Swails and more than 200 other students from black colleges met in Torrance last week to...