Why HBCUs?: Part 2

In The Black Man on June 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Why are HBCUs important? As I referenced in the prior post, HBCUs generally serve an at-risk population; they are more willing to take a chance on the student who is on their second or third chance.

My brother Scottie (whom I took the liberty of adopting from my aunt when I was 5–drew up the papers and all with her signature, my signature, and my grandmother’s signature as the witness; so legally he is my brother even if he was not up for adoption) did just enough to get by, he always had, but he has passion for life and a dedication to helping others that is second to none. Well, one day he realized that he would be graduating high school very soon and wanted to “really get serious” about his future. With a GPA that was less than stellar and a low teen score on the ACT, he was at a loss as to what his next step would be.

He considered junior colleges, entering directly into the labor market, or enlisting in the military. Until one day an encouraging call from his Principal to the President of Lane College, an HBCU in Jackson, TN, forever changed my brother’s life and my family’s lives as well. Honestly, we saw Scottie’s potential, but were all concerned whether he would realize it or not.

In 2004 Scottie graduated high school searching for a place of belonging, but in the summer of 2009, he graduated as a Man, a Lane Man, determined to improving the lives of those around him. Unlike many his age, he is a community activist, a child’s advocate, an HIV/AIDS educator, a teacher, a coach—essentially; he is an inspiration to me. He is a man on a mission–a mission that may not have been formed if it were not for the investment that Lane College made in him.

  1. What a wonderful and inspiring article. Thanks for shedding the light on HBCU’s and their importance.

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