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Living the HBCU Legacy Posted on 07-31-2008

”Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.” Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court Justice is most noted for this quote. Such greatness once walked the campus of Lincoln University, a historically black college. A repertoire of famous activists, writers and entertainers evolved from HBCUs. Martin Luther King a great activist also attended Morehouse University an HBCU. Dr. LaSalle D. Laffall, Jr., the first black president of the American Cancer Society graduated from Florida A&M University. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the youngest mayor of a major American city and also graduated from Florida A&M University. History has been made with the name of each person mentioned, further illustrating what HBCU’s produce. HBCUs are producing a vast number of educated multi-cultured individuals back into society. Where an individual may have been missed guided or lost in dreams, these colleges have reconstructed their lives. One of my close friend also attends the university with me, exemplifies why HBCUs are still relevant today. In the confines of his mind, college was not an option, until one day he was recruited by Huston-Tillotson University. It was at that moment an epiphany evolved and a new dream embedded its way into his mind. This milestone guided a soul that was lost back to his Christian foundation and gave him hope of a future. That was four years ago and he is now the head of campus ministries and will graduate with a business degree and go on to continue his studies in theology. The everlasting effect has also transpired in my life for I attend Huston-Tillotson University a recognized HBCU. I have made decisions in my life that cost me a longer school career than expected. In the fall of 2003, I enrolled in Huston Tillotson, doing well I felt the need to expand and move to Florida. After many days of speaking with my mentor who works in the faculty, I was advised don’t do it stay here, it would be harder to finish college if you move from home. I said no I had to go. I moved to Florida and two semesters in, I was on academic probation and one GPA point from being kicked out. I called my mentor and she advised me to make a decision to come back to school there. After a heavy debate with myself because I didn’t want to leave family and friends I had to make a difficult decision. Concluding, I realized that my education came first. Moving back to Texas in July of 2006 and starting back at Huston Tillotson University that fall was the best choice. Currently, I am an honor student and was invited to join the National Honor Society. In addition, I have maintained a G.P.A of 3.0 and higher throughout the school and plan to graduate in 2010. This is why HBCUs are pertinent today because they offer people who care about you and your decision. HBCUs have so many things that can be learned. The main lesson is not all things that have to do with African Americans are degrading and meaningless. HBCUs show the positive side and shine the glory on the black student.
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