An Open Letter to the Class of 2019
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An Open Letter to the Class of 2019

Dear Class of 2019, May I be the first of many to extend a warm welcome to you! Congrats on your accomplishments to date, you’ve crossed the first of many milestones. I know you’re scared, worried, anxious, and excited, but as one who’s stood in your shoes I’m here to tell you this journey will … Continue reading

Eight Tips For College Freshman
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Eight Tips For College Freshman

Campus is thick with excitement, nervousness and expectation. The air is fresh and full of promise. Freshman and their families are bogged down with bags and papers from financial aid, their academic advisors, and are hurriedly trying to check into the residence halls and head to Walmart to pick up their last moment items. I … Continue reading

HBCUs Matter: Morehouse’s Jason R. Curry #MyHBCUMyStory
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HBCUs Matter: Morehouse’s Jason R. Curry #MyHBCUMyStory

My narrative is similar to that of Presidents Barak Obama and Bill Clinton, as I am the product of a single parent household. But my mother and my extended family, grandparents, uncles and aunts helped to ensure I lived a full and meaningful life as a child and young adult. My father stated he wanted … Continue reading

In My Blood: Spelman’s Tracey Hughes #MyHBCUMyStory
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In My Blood: Spelman’s Tracey Hughes #MyHBCUMyStory

I cannot deny it.  The HBCU spirit is in my blood.  I grew up loving Historically Black Colleges and Universities before I fully understood their significance. As a child, I lived down the street from Fisk University. After ten years of Catholic school, I only wanted to go to an HBCU. When I told my … Continue reading

Ties That Bind: Tennessee State’s Rodney Elam #MyHBCUMyStory
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Ties That Bind: Tennessee State’s Rodney Elam #MyHBCUMyStory

I owe everything to historically black institutions. My grandparents, Andrew and Odessa Graves, graduated from Alcorn State University in 1934 and 1936, respectively. This set the stage for a number of family members to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Members of my family have attended Spelman College, Morehouse College, Bethune-Cookman University, and my alma … 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

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