Courtney Buckhanon, Oakwood University- c/o 2016, Mass Communications
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I’m a southern belle from Georgia! My father introduced me! He attended FAMU and pledged Omega Psi Phi during his time there. I grew up around he, his frat brothers and sisters.
Professor Patti Conwell of Oakwood University
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I went to predominately white school k-12. I wanted to experience being around people who looked like me, people who understood that they were beautiful because they were black, not in-spite of their blackness.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
My HBCU experience has been full of pride! Full of growth! Learning why black is beautiful, learning about the greatness that black men possess, learning about my potential and how to tap into it and manifest it in a world that wasn’t made for me to succeed in.
“Beauty is whatever gives joy.,,, “|
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Off the top of my head the best first time experience I’ve had at my HBCU is the experience of school spirit. It’s rich, it’s budding, it’s contagious! I really can’t describe it. It was something like I’d never experienced.
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Janice Watson – Dr. wat
- Athletics: Oakwood University competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Oakwood University offers Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball.
- Notable Alumni: Dr. Delbert Baker - 1975 - Administrator, educator, author and former president of Oakwood University (currently serves on the White House Board for HBCUs)** Ronald Brise - Florida State Representative** Dr. Stephen L. Williams, Sr. - 1983 - Author, TV personality, Pastor** Angela Brown - Soprano Opera Singer** Natalie Cadet - Singer, member of Cadet Sisters** Alvin Chea - Member of the gospel group Take 6** Clifton Davis - Actor, Pastor, Singer, Songwriter** Hallerin Hilton Hill - Radio talk show host, WNOX Knoxville, Tennessee** T. R. M. Howard - 1931 - Civil Rights Leader, Surgeon, Entrepreneur, Mentor to Medgar Evers and Fannie Lou Hamer** Heather Knight - 1982 - President of Pacific Union College** Davido - Nigerian Afropop musician** Brian McKnight - R&B Singer/musician, and also brother of alumnus Claude McKnight** Claude McKnight - Member of the gospel group Take 6** Toni Neal - Traffic Anchor, WSB-TV Atlanta, Georgia** Wintley Phipps - Pastor, Singer, Founder and President of U.S. Dream Academy** John F. Street - Former mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania** Mervyn Warren - Member of the gospel group Take 6** Amber Bullock - 2011 - Winner of Season 4 BET's Sunday Best** Oliver J. Davis, Jr. - 1991 - South Bend Common Councilman 6th District and President (Democrat) South Bend, Indiana**
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