HBCUs

With the Southern Heritage Classic as their backdrop, the alumni organizations of Tennessee State University and Jackson State University have been “signifying and trash-talking” over whose band outdid the other, whose tailgating is better, and of course, who is going to definitely win the game. “That’s all part of the...
Two steps inside of Fred Jones Jr.’s home in French Fort just off of Downtown and any visitor would pick up on his affinity for the Southern Heritage Classic. And with it about to turn 30, the founder and his team are in full-execution mode relative to a plan...
Debra K. Porter Johnson was a proud graduate of Tennessee State University, a proclamation from the university said about the woman killed by a prison escapee in her home on Aug. 7. TSU President Glenda Glover, accompanied by senior university administration officials, presented the proclamation to Johnson’s family, with a...
Senior Otis Ferguson IV had tried for years to launch a golf team at Howard University. He printed flyers, held interest meetings with prospective team members and even reached out to a nonprofit that offered to provide golf equipment. Yet, the team never got off the ground. But that is...
Dr. Carolyn Johnson-Dean isn't exactly closing the door on taking the 'interim' off of her current role as president of LeMoyne-Owen College, but when asked about the possibility, she clearly imagines someone else in the job. "I think the board is going to take its time, but not too long,"...
Early reactions to the hiring of Dr. Carolyn Johnson-Dean as interim president of LeMoyne-Owen College are positive among LOC alumni. Given her predecessor’s tumultuous tenure, it should surprise no one that there is a recurring theme: Stability. “I think it’s a great choice,” said Jesse Chatman, president of the LOC Alumni...
(Lane College President Logan Hampton detailed the State of the College while addressing the Lane College National Alumni Association Annual Meeting in Memphis on July 19. Here are excerpts from his talk.) …Today, I am delighted to update you on the happenings of Lane College. …Time does not permit a full...
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Local filmmaker George W. Tillman Jr. will host a one-time screening of his documentary, “The Lucky 11,” at the Guest House at Graceland on June 29, beginning at 7 p.m. “The Lucky 11” pays tribute to an elite group of Fisk University football players. It weaves together the true stories...
By Stacy Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have selected six students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to participate in the 2019 Discover the Unexpected Journalism (DTU) Fellowship. With the help of NNPA editors and reporters, the Fellows will travel the country to discover...
by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Thousands of local seniors reveled this past month in the time-honored stroll across a stage at their formal graduations and made the traditional hat toss in jubilant celebration of a successful high school journey. Many of those seniors were awarded...