Lessons In Leadership | HBCUs + Black Fraternities and Sororities
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Lessons In Leadership | HBCUs + Black Fraternities and Sororities

Originally published in HBCU Digest magazine, June 2014. It is virtually impossible to think about the culture of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) without thinking about the place of Black Greek Lettered Organizations (BGLOs) on many, if not most, of their campuses. Dubbed the “Divine Nine,” after the nine-member National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), … Continue reading

HBCUs Are Not Merely Relevant
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HBCUs Are Not Merely Relevant

This content was initially offered as “The State of the Story: HBCU Relevance is a Losing Proposition,” the closing remarks of the 2014 HBCUstory Symposium, which was held in Washington, D.C. on October 24 + 25 at the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. Barnard, Wellesley, Smith, Mills and Sweet Briar are women’s colleges; no one asks … Continue reading

The HBCUSTORY in Black Music Month | How Sweet The Sound
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The HBCUSTORY in Black Music Month | How Sweet The Sound

In modern Black history, the Black church is the center of the community. More than just a spiritual resource for the congregants and community, it became the center of educational, social, and political opportunity and change. As the church set comfortably at the center, it’s songs became the joy, hope and strength of the people. … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | “From the Rough”+Tennessee State’s Dr. Catana Starks
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | “From the Rough”+Tennessee State’s Dr. Catana Starks

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight From the Rough premiered in theaters nationwide on April 25th. Filmed on the Dillard University campus, and starring Academy Award nominees Taraji P. Henson, a 1995 Howard University alumna and Alcorn State University‘s Michael Clarke Duncan, From the Rough is the inspirational true story of Dr. Catana Starks from Tennessee State University, who became … Continue reading

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Demetrius Rhaney, Tennessee State University
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HBCU Storyteller Spotlight | Demetrius Rhaney, Tennessee State University

HBCU Storyteller Spotlight Tennessee State University center-guard Demetrius Rhaney is featured on Yahoo Sports. He chose Tennessee State because it was closer to home, but not without some due diligence. Rhaney asked head coach Rod Reed to get his grandfather’s blessing, and Holmes insisted on meeting Reed in the front yard of his house. “I … Continue reading

“HBCU” | A Poem by Terry E. Carter, Fisk ’80
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“HBCU” | A Poem by Terry E. Carter, Fisk ’80

HBCU The Freedmen’s Bureau and other concerns, provided for that which a black man yearned. Degrees which only coloreds could earn… Classrooms where only Negros could learn… At times, in the places where crosses burned. Started in churches and normal schools— mindful of bigots, haters, and fools. Money raised in a thousand ways… from collection … 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

The Few, The Proud: Tennessee State’s Roger Holmes #MyHBCUMyStory
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The Few, The Proud: Tennessee State’s Roger Holmes #MyHBCUMyStory

The reasons why many join the military are varied as the stars above. My reasons for enlisting shook up my family but helped usher me into manhood without me ever looking back.  I was always curious about the military. I inquired about military service often during my high school years. But I also wanted to … Continue reading