Charlesia Watkins, Grambling State University- c/o 2016, Social Science
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am a native of the beautiful city/state of Shreveport, Louisiana. HBCU’s were introduced to me by the many alumni that evolved around me on a daily basis. The conversations, college football games shown on television, and the many rivalries that went on around me grabbed all of my attention.
Charlesia Watkins looking stunning as she relaxes on a beautiful afternoon
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I chose an HBCU over a PWI because of it’s comfortability! Experiencing both institutions before making a solid decision was an amazing opportunity. I was able to balance out the pros and cons of both.
I gravitated more to the HBCU’s side because of the togetherness, understanding, and seeing the hardwork of many African Americans. I was able to fit right in and go with the flow and more importantly find myself and lifelong, beautiful friends from everywhere.
Charlesia Watkins looking gorgeous, radiant, and blessed as she models at an event
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
The story of my experience at Grambling State University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution are the action and excitement of sports held at my institution. The football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, track and field, and many more sports brings enlightenment to my institution. The support is surreal!
From what my eyes have seen while attending these activities and sitting in the stands, there has and will always be that audience or voice that keeps the team going and pushing harder and harder to finish strong.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
First time experiences at Grambling State University has always left me positively speechless. My first Homecoming was AMAZING!!!
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Some professors that has impacted my life in and out of the classroom are Mrs. E. Jenkins, Dr. Bradtford, Dr. Fobbs, Dr. Thomason, and much more! These important people helped me to keep going through their words but more importantly their actions. They showed that they cared. They helped push me to the young lady I am today! I will never forget the inspiring conversations and encouraging words that were given.
Grambling State University
Under Graduates: 3,883
Post Graduates: 980
- Athletics: Grambling State University competes in the NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Currently, the Grambling State University Department of Athletics sponsors Men's Intercollegiate football, along with men's and women's basketball, baseball, track & field, softball, golf, soccer, tennis, bowling and volleyball. RIVALS: Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University.
- Notable Alumni: Charles M. Blow - 1991 - New York Times columnist** Erykah Badu - Grammy Award-winning artist** Natalie Desselle-Reid - Actress best known for roles in B*A*P*S, Def Jam's How to Be a Player, and Disney's Cinderella** Judi Ann Mason - Television writer, producer and playwright** Burl Cain - Master's degree in criminal justice, now warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as Angola)** Ollie Tyler - Mayor of Shreveport; former interim state superintendent of education; former Caddo Parish school superintendent** E. Edward Jones - 1952 - Educator, civil rights advocate, pastor, and former president of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., in Shreveport** Edward Joseph Price - 1975 - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 58), businessman in Gonzales** Alicia Reece - Politician, member of the Ohio House of Representatives (33rd district)** Robert Bobb - Politician and public administrator; Emergency Financial Director for Detroit Public Schools; city manager for thirty years in the cities of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Santa Ana, California; and Richmond, Virginia** Israel "Bo" Curtis - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 2008; member of the Rapides Parish School Board from 1976 to 1992** Bettye Davis - Member of the Alaska Senate and former member of the Alaska House of Representatives from the 21st district** Rick Gallot - Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 29 since 2012; former state representative for the 11th district** Jeff Hall - Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 26), accountant in Alexandria** Patricia Cage-Bibbs - 1972 - Women's basketball head coach at North Carolina A&T State University, Hampton University, and Grambling State University; has over 400 wins in her coaching career** Ronnie Coleman - Professional bodybuilder and eight-time Mr. Olympia winner** Jason Hatcher - 2006 - Current NFL defensive end** Tyree Hollins - professional football player** Doug Williams - former NFL quarterback; MVP of Super Bowl XXII**
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