Brianna Johnson, Bethune-Cookman University- c/o 2019, Biology
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from Detroit, Michigan. My sister and high school introduced me to HBCUs.
"My teammates were the first people I met and the cheer team is where I met my closest friends!"
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I initially went because my sister attended B-CU, but I am so glad I made this wonderful choice. I LOVE my HBCU and the people there. There is nothing like it!
"I love learning about my founder because she was such a courageous woman, that made a difference in many of peoples lives, including mine." | Mary McLeod Bethune, courtesy of thoughtco.com
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
My HBCU has lots of rich history behind it. It was founded by Mary McLeod Bethune with faith in God, $1.50 and 5 little girls. I love learning about my founder because she was such a courageous woman, that made a difference in many of peoples lives, including mine.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
My first time experiences were all with the cheer team. My teammates were the first people I met and the cheer team is where I met my closest friends!
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
All of the professors in STEM major are so loving and caring. They actually want to see you succeed. They have always made sure I was on top of things and performing to the best of my ability, inside and outside of the classroom.
- Athletics: Bethune–Cookman University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and participates in NCAA Division I FCS. The school sponsors basketball, bowling, baseball, cross country, football, track and field and volleyball. B–CU has an intense in-state rivalry with FAMU. Today, they meet annually in the Florida Classic, a regular-season, neutral-site game which takes place in Orlando, FL.
- Notable Alumni: Marjorie Joyner - 1973 - Inventor of the permanent wave machine** Dr. Evelyn Bethune - 1979 - CEO of the Mary McLeod Bethune Educational Legacy Foundation, Inc and granddaughter of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune** Henry Lyons - Former President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.** A. Philip Randolph - 1907 - Civil rights leader; attended the Cookman Institute, before it merged with Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School and became Bethune-Cookman** Gregory Drane - 2002 - Current Director of Athletic Bands at Pennsylvania State University** Yvonne Scarlett-Golden - Educator and activist; the first African American mayor of Daytona Beach, Florida, elected in 2003** James Bush III - 1979 - Current member of the Florida House of Representatives District 109** Ryan Davis - Current NFL player** Kevin Ferguson, aka Kimbo Slice - attended - Street fighter and mixed martial arts fighter** Cy McClairen - 1953 - First Bethune-Cookman alumnus in National Football League who played tight end for five seasons; served as head football coach, head basketball coach, and athletics director at Bethune-Cookman** Eric Weems - 2007 - Current NFL wide receiver**
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