Remembering Mattie Faye Spears (1943-2014) | Ruth Ray Jackson, Southern University and A & M College
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Remembering Mattie Faye Spears (1943-2014) | Ruth Ray Jackson, Southern University and A & M College

Grambling State University alumna Dr. Mattie Faye Spears was one of my greatest teachers. She was the instructor for my Intro to Education class at Southern University. She was the principal of Southern Lab when I did my student teaching. In my second year of teaching, she became principal of the school I worked. She allowed me … 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

Q + A With William Broussard | Southern University AD Leads with Head, Hands and Heart
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Q + A With William Broussard | Southern University AD Leads with Head, Hands and Heart

Southern University Athletic Director William Broussard, Ph.D. is as smart as he is determined. As one of the nation’s most successful ADs, the 35 years young Broussard ushered the Jaguars to regular season and conference championships in football and men’s and women’s basketball. All the while, he’s successfully increased fundraising and leveraged his journalism background to garner … Continue reading

Eddie Robinson and Challenges for HBCU Football
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Eddie Robinson and Challenges for HBCU Football

Will we ever see the return of Eddie Robinson’s Grambling State University Tigers? At end of last season, it was hard to be certain that the Grambling football program was still alive. The once proud Grambling program, probably the most storied in black college football, has fallen on very hard times very quickly. Just two years … Continue reading

Six Little-Known HBCU Connections to Russell Wilson
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Six Little-Known HBCU Connections to Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s resemblance to his father the late Harrison B. Wilson III is uncanny–but both men look like Russell’s grandfather Dr. Harrison B. Wilson, Jr. For more than 25 years, the HBCU community has held on to the glory of Grambling State University alumnus Doug Williams, the first African-American quarterback to play … Continue reading

A Different World: Fisk’s E. Clare Stewart #MyHBCUMyStory
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A Different World: Fisk’s E. Clare Stewart #MyHBCUMyStory

On a Thursday evening, like others in the Stewart home, the ending credits of A Different World flashed across the television screen as I bounced up and down in my seat humming the theme song. I hopped off my seat on the couch and stood in the middle of the family room floor and excitedly … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Trayvon Martin: The HBCUstory of Fiskite and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

It is impossible for members of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community to remain unmoved by the senseless and heinous murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, just outside Orlando on February 26. The hundreds of thousands of those who came before us tearing down walls, breaking glass … Continue reading

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HBCU Stories: The Enduring Activism of Gramblinite Whitney Houston

– The following Op-Ed appeared in the February 20, 2012 issue of HBCU Digest  – In 1981, at just eighteen years old, Whitney Houston entered onto the world stage as a model on the cover of Seventeen Magazine at a time when positive images of cocoa-skinned women of color were, at best, scarce. Just four years later, Houston released her … Continue reading