13th Oct2011

Terry V. Percy, Esq. – Alabama A&M University

by Staff

C/O 1969

Majors: Social Studies & Political Science

“Make your way by preparing yourself and seizing all opportunities that will contribute to that preparation. Take nothing for granted..”





How did you decide to become a student at Alabama A&M University?

I was fortunate enough to be offered a basketball scholarship to A&M, which was the primary reason for selecting the school.


Alabama A&M University defending against Alabama State University Credit: David Campbell/AS


What professors at Alabama A&M University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

Professor George McCaleb inspired me the most. His thorough command of the subject matter, his passion and his humorous approach to imparting same.


What is the story of your “experience” to date at Alabama A&M University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?

I grew up as a man, while there. The Vietnam conflict was in full bloom and a number of my relatives and friends, who were not fortunate enough or who couldn’t afford college, were drafted into that insane war.



A number of them never returned and those that did were scarred for life in many ways. I got to travel to other states and other HBCU campuses via the basketball team, which broadened my life experience and enhanced the college experience.



Where were the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

On the Hill, behind Grayson Hall.

Grayson Hall on the AAMU Campus Credit: AAMU


What were the best restaurants on and near the campus? Which dishes do you enjoy the most?

A few fast food joints. Hardee’s comes to mind. The Burgers were the raze.

A Glimpse of Hardees in the 60’s



What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?

Don’t recollect.


Who was your College crush?



How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

Thinking about my draft board, back in Mississippi.


What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

Social Studies and Political Science. I was influenced by a high school teach\coach that I wanted to be like.


What has been your proudest moment @ YOUR HBCU?

Graduating on time and with Honors!



What was your saddest moment @YOUR HBCU?

April 1968, when Dr. King was assassinated. We struggled in expressing our sorrow and rage, without getting expelled from school.


What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I pledged ALPHA, in a graduate chapter after resuming my professional life in Miami, FL.


How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

In addition to being a scholarship athlete, I was member of a Social Studies Club, and Dorm Rep. I ran a barber shop in one of the dorms.


Where was the “yard” located?

Around the Student Union.



What and where were the historical places on campus?

The Girls Dorms.


Are there any ghost stories involving buildings or spots on campus?



How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

Got to visit 5 states and a dozen college campuses. Got to go to Pontiac, Michigan on a job interview. First visit to that state. Considered joining the Marine Corp as an Officer upon graduation for one nano second.


If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

Sighs! I followed your advice. I was indeed blessed as you forecasted. Thanks for guiding my steps.


When and how did you discover your passion in life?

I have a few passions, many of which were revealed while still in high school, and of course during college and later in my professional life.


Whats your take on life (in the philosophical sense)?

As a Baby Boomer, I’m sure I’m a better person because of the experiences, the sacrifices, the injustices, the challenges and ultimately the triumphs we endured. The many things denied to us, strengthened us immensely.


If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Make your way by preparing yourself and seizing all opportunities that will contribute to that preparation. Take nothing for granted..


Nubian King and Elder Terry V. Percy, Senior – we thank you for sharing the importance of the impact that the Vietnam War had on people years ago that attended high school and college. Just from some of the links we have visited (above) we have learned so much. It has been an honor to delve and partake of your great wisdom.

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Graduate of an HBCU and true believer in HBCUs being the best at giving a well-rounded education academically and personally.




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