The Historically Black College and University Legacy Continues
For many teens, acquiring a post- secondary education is the next logical step after high school but the question remains what school? The decision can be a tough one for some but for these six young people who are very connected in so many ways the best fit was to attend a historically black College and University.
All of these young people, South Fulton neighbors and friends, were accepted to large institutions of higher learning including Ivy Leagues such as Cornell, University of Georgia, University of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia State, University of California Santa Barbara, Georgia Tech and Emory.
There are many reasons why young people chose to study at HBCUs. Many cite the supportive atmosphere as a main reason and others agree they feel like they are a part of something special. Students say they don’t feel isolated socially. These youth chose to continue the HBCU legacy.
Peter J. Wilborn is a sophomore at Morehouse, majoring in International Studies with a minor in Business Administration & Marketing. His father is a Morehouse graduate and his mother is an alumna of Spelman. Peter said he decided to attend Morehouse within the last 6 months before graduation from Westlake High School. He said he now shudders to think about his life if he had not made the decision to become a Man of Morehouse. He said, “The school is not just full of people from different places, but people who are diverse based on experiences and they can all be appreciated for who they are as men. I knew coming to Morehouse would afford me the opportunity to successfully navigate in my profession and life. Once a man graduates from Morehouse, they are Morehouse Men, not just graduates of a school, but members of a brotherhood.” Peter’s biggest accomplishment his freshman year was receiving an award for excellence in mathematics and making the Dean’s List.
Morgan Thacker is a senior at Spelman, majoring in Economics/ Dual Degree Engineering Program – Civil Engineering. She is an HBCU legacy as well. Her mother is graduate of Hampton University. Morgan fell in love with Spelman during Spelbound. She told us “It wasn’t the sea of Columbia blue & white or their annual admissions jam that made me fall in love with the school, it was the happiness and passion I saw in every young women’s eye.” She explained each young woman’s story and vision of their future goals of changing the world, was different from the next. Everyone had this glow, this black girl magic. “I knew at that moment Spelman was specifically made for me!” Morgan said attending Spelman was the best decision of her life. Morgan’s biggest accomplishment while at Spelman has been studying abroad, obtaining several large scholarships because of her strong academic performance and becoming a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Eta Kappa Chapter.
Tai Lewis is a sophomore at Morehouse majoring in Economic, Computer Science with a minor in Spanish. His father is a Morehouse graduate and his mother is also an alumna of Spelman. Tai tells us being a legacy means he has a standard to uphold. He said he is following in the footsteps of great men who have come before him. “I decided to go to Morehouse because I know that it is an institution that will support me in all of my endeavors, and a school that truly wants me to succeed. As a young African American, I know that Morehouse is one place of few that want to see me be successful in the world. In addition to this incredible support group that I am offered at the school, the institution provides me with the tools and skills necessary to go into whatever field that I please,” Tai said. His biggest accomplishment his freshman year was changing his major from mechanical engineering to a double major in Economics and Computer Science with a Minor in Spanish.
Jazmine R. Freeman is a sophomore at Spelman College majoring in Health Sciences and minoring in Dance. Her father and mother both are Clark Atlanta University graduates. Jazmine explains she is proud to be an HBCU and AUC legacy. She says it is an honor because so many great African-American men and women have made contributions to our society and are graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities particularly the schools in the Atlanta University Center. Jazmine said, “The decision to attend Spelman was a simple one for me. I had no second thoughts. It was clear I made the right decision because of the support I receive from my Spelman sisters, professors and staff. We represent women of color from around the world and we all have a common goal in life. That goal is to be successful and empowered African-American women who truly make a difference in our community and the world.” Jazmine’s biggest accomplishment her first year was being the first Freshman ever to make and dance on the Mahogany-N-Motion Dance Team, securing a summer internship with a Physical Therapy practice and a summer dance instructor’s job for a local dance studio.
William J. Taggart, a sophomore at CAU majoring in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, is a double legacy because both of William’s parents are Clark Atlanta University graduates. He explained, “I decided to attend CAU because the engineering program in the Atlanta University Consortium will offer me two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor’s of Physics degree and a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering degree from another partner institution of my choice. Additionally, I received several scholarships to attend Clark. I worked hard in high school to do well and the hard work paid off. I visited Clark Atlanta University all of my life, from a very young age I vividly remember attending CAU’s homecoming events year after year with my parents and my sister. It simply felt like home.” William said he wanted to go to an HBCU to be around like minded people of whom he could relate for his undergraduate experience. William’s biggest accomplishment his freshman year was becoming an Orientation Guide.
Juleian Sims is a sophomore attending Morehouse College majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Marketing. His father attended South Carolina State and finished at West Georgia College and his brother graduated from Albany State College. He was accepted into eight schools but out of those eight he chose to attend Morehouse College. Juleian said, “I chose to attend Morehouse because of the school’s rich history and its present prestige. It is known worldwide and as a young African-American man who plans to be a successful entrepreneur the choice was cut and dry. The business program is stellar and the network afforded to me as a Man of Morehouse is invaluable. Why would I not take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of a brotherhood so strong? During a time when so many young black men are being victimized simply because of the color of their skin why would I not attend an institution where my manhood and blackness is praised instead of critiqued. Morehouse has delivered in every aspect. I am proud to be among this group of esteemed young men.