HBCUs like the all-women's Bennett College were largely founded after the Civil War to give African Americans the opportunity for higher education. The schools saw booming enrollment for decades. In recent years, they've struggled to survive.
Despite a decades-long rescue effort, the tiny delta smelt appears closer than ever to vanishing from its only natural home, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Now, some conservationists worry it won’t be long before the only place the public can glimpse the once-abundant species is at the aquarium.