The People’s Professor | George L. Davis. Sr., Knoxville College ’40
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The People’s Professor | George L. Davis. Sr., Knoxville College ’40

In 1974, almost two decades before Harvard University made a similar offer to Dr. Henry Louis Gates, the University of Notre Dame approached Tennessee State University professor Dr. George L. Davis, Sr., and formally asked him to establish its Department of Afro-American Studies. Davis, whom segregation had once forced to walk pass the proximate University of … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Sonja B. Norwood, Southern University
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Sonja B. Norwood, Southern University

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight Sonja B. Norwood shouts out her alma mater Southern University and The Human Jukebox on Facebook. An accomplished talent manager, television producer, and deal maker, and mother of singer-actors Brandi and Ray J, Sonja Bates Norwood is a proud graduate of Southern University. The McComb, Mississippi native is a lifetime member of Southern University’s Alumni Federation and was … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd ’77
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd ’77

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd is installed as the president of Alabama State University. On Friday, September 6th, Alabama State University’s board of trustees officially welcomed Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd to the office of the president. The nearly-four hour ceremony was topped off with a fiery speech from Boyd, the school’s first alumna president. Promising a “new day,” … Continue reading

I Love Howard
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I Love Howard

The I Love Howard campaign is a grassroots fundraising effort led by three Howard University alumni committed to raising $20,000 for the university’s endowment by October 1st. The campaign is designed to compel Howard University graduates, students and supporters to give. Howard University was established in Washington, D.C. by a charter of the U.S. Congress … Continue reading

Letters + Lessons for My Daughter | Mandilyn Graham, Clark Atlanta ’08
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Letters + Lessons for My Daughter | Mandilyn Graham, Clark Atlanta ’08

Dear Ellie, I love to watch you in your innocence like when I’m watching “A Different World” and you smile and dance to the theme song. To you it’s just a song you recognize and like but to fans of the show it’s a sitcom representation of the experience that only a small group are … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | John W. Thompson + Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | John W. Thompson + Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson ’71 delivers Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s 2014 Commencement Address. This is a special day, a special day for all of you, and a special day for me to be back here. I happen to have lived for many many years with a simple but important philosophy which … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Nicole Tison ’14, Michelle Obama “Stay Hungry” + Dillard University
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Nicole Tison ’14, Michelle Obama “Stay Hungry” + Dillard University

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight First Lady Michelle Obama and senior class president Nicole Tison, who introduced Obama, snapped a selfie before Dillard University’s 2014 Commencement Address. While Tison’s selfie went viral on twitter, First Lady Michelle Obama called on Dillard graduates to “stay hungry.” So most folks back then saw education as the key to real and lasting freedom. … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Sean Combs + Howard University Commencement
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Sean Combs + Howard University Commencement

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight Sean Combs delivers Howard University’s 2014 Commencement Address. In his address at Howard University, where he attended in the 1980s, Combs  shared his HBCUstory, of friends who housed and fed him and of a professor who told him to follow his dreams. He also opened up about discovering that his father didn’t die … Continue reading