A Journey of Self Discovery: Howard’s Teneasha Pierson #MyHBCUMyStory
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A Journey of Self Discovery: Howard’s Teneasha Pierson #MyHBCUMyStory

“People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each other, searched for each other, found each other a few feet away.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby College has been bookmarked by many as the time in a person’s life in which they explore and become who they are supposed to be. Prior to Howard University, not only did I … Continue reading

A Mentor By Any Other Name: Jackson State’s Naykishia Head #MyHBCUMyStory
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A Mentor By Any Other Name: Jackson State’s Naykishia Head #MyHBCUMyStory

When I think about the things that solidify my bond to forever love and support HBCUs, the wonderful relationship with my mentor, Dr. Preselfannie Whitfield McDaniels, is the one thing that stands out. Yes, I had instructors who sparked my critical thinking and made sure that I completed my assignments, but Dr. McDaniels influenced me … Continue reading

I Was There: Spelman’s Kimberly Russaw’s #MyHBCUMyStory
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I Was There: Spelman’s Kimberly Russaw’s #MyHBCUMyStory

As a ‘Skegee baby, both of my parents are proud graduates of Tuskegee Institute (now, Tuskegee University), my HBCU story began very early.  I remember the Tuskegee Club meetings in our living room, travelling out of state to Tuskegee Alumni conferences, and playing in the grass at the club’s annual Back To School celebration. My sisters … Continue reading

A Legend Lives Next Door: Tennessee State’s Franz Holmes #MyHBCUMyStory
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A Legend Lives Next Door: Tennessee State’s Franz Holmes #MyHBCUMyStory

I have heard the old saying “if you don’t know your history, you are doomed to repeat it.” I prefer, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, then you don’t know where you going.” Without knowing our history, it is hard to appreciate those that have paved the way for you. I have always … Continue reading

My Home on the Hill: FAMU’s Richard Gibson Jr. #MyHBCUMyStory
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My Home on the Hill: FAMU’s Richard Gibson Jr. #MyHBCUMyStory

There, on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, Florida, sits an institution of higher learning–that institution is Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Affectionately called FAMU, the university celebrated the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of its founding last year. For most of those years, FAMU has been looked upon as one of the crown … Continue reading

Growing Up with Gladiators: American Baptist’s Keith Caldwell #MyHBCUMyStory
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Growing Up with Gladiators: American Baptist’s Keith Caldwell #MyHBCUMyStory

I often find myself reflecting on the years I spent growing up in North Nashville. During the early 1980s, most of my childhood friends lived on streets that bordered the city’s black colleges. Interestingly enough, so did many of the coeds who attended one of Nashville’s four HBCUs: Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, Fisk … Continue reading