Diamond Jack , Hampton University- c/o 2012, Biology
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
My hometown is Chicago, IL. My mother introduced me to a college program in high school that toured HBCU schools.
"My Coach Brint has impacted my life..." | Photo Credit: Diamond Jack
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
HBCUs teach our society about our culture as minorities in the world. It gives a clear understanding to why our parents stress college and having a degree is important.
Our ancestors had to fight and march constantly to even be considered a student with higher education. Having this privilege and knowing my history, to continue higher education with young African Americans with the same goal as me, pushed me to pick an HBCU.
"My passion for dance continues as an NBA dancer." | Photo Credit: Diamond Jack
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
My experience was like no other. The students, professors, and community want you to succeed. HBCUs introduced me to people who were on the same career path or who were willing to help you get to where you wanted to be in life.
Hampton promotes “a standard of excellence” and that is what you will receive.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
My "first time" experiences at my HBCU that were memorable were the fried chicken and Mac and cheese Wednesday’s, having curfew my freshman first semester, dancing on Ebony Fire Dance Team, and Friday’s 12-2p at the student center.
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
My Coach Brint has impacted my life as a dancer. She has impacted my life through the hard work, dedication, and commitment on the team.
Ebony Fire Dance Team pushed me to be a focused individual, flexible, cleaned, and overall a better dancer. Currently, my passion for dance continues as an NBA dancer.
Under Graduates: 3,836
Post Graduates: 810
- Athletics: Hampton University competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Hampton University offers Basketball, Cross Country, Bowling, Golf, Football, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Soccer, and Sailing.**In 2016, Hampton became the first and only HBCU to field a Division I men's lacrosse team. ESPN held a broadcast on campus preceding the inaugural game in Armstrong Stadium.**Hampton is the only HBCU with a competitive sailing team. RIVALS: Norfolk State University, Howard University.
- Notable Alumni: Alberta Williams King - 1924 - Mother of Martin Luther King Jr.** Robert S. Abbott - 1896 - Founder of The Chicago Defender** Percy Creuzot - 1949 - Founder of Frenchy's Chicken in Houston, Texas** Charles Phillips - 1986 - CEO of Infor; former President of Oracle Corporation** Booker T. Washington - 1875 - Founded Tuskegee University in Alabama** John T. Biggers - Harlem Renaissance muralist and founder of the Art Department at Texas Southern University** Leslie Garland Bolling - 1918 - Early 20th-century wood carver** Spencer Christian - Former weatherman for Good Morning America, 1986–1998** DJ Envy 1999 disc jockey and host of The Breakfast Club** Brandon Fobbs - 2002 - Actor; best known for his role in the film Pride** Kevin Frazier - Sports anchor and entertainment news anchor** Beverly Gooden - 2005 - Writer** Biff Henderson - Stage manager and personality on the Late Show with David Letterman** DJ Tay James - 2009 - Disc jockey for Justin Bieber** Dorothy Maynor - Concert singer** Wanda Sykes - 1986 - Comedian** A. S. (Doc) Young - 1941 - Sports journalist** Vanessa D. Gilmore - Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas** Charles Wesley Turnbull - 1958 - Former governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands** Douglas Palmer - 1973 - Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey** Ivory Lee Young Jr. - 1986 - City Councilmember with the Atlanta City Council District 3, Atlanta, Georgia 2002–2018** Stephanie Young - 2006 - Director of African American Outreach, Associate Director of Communications, The White House** Mary Jackson - 1942 - Pioneering African-American engineer for NASA** Susan La Flesche Picotte - 1886 - First Native American physician** Elisabeth Omilami - Chief Executive Officer of Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless** Mychal Denzel Smith - 2008 - Writer at The Nation, television commentator and author** Clara Byrd Baker - Educator, civic leader, and suffragette** Chris Baker - 2008 - Current NFL defensive tackle** Justin Durant - 2007 - Current NFL linebacker, Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions** Kenrick Ellis - Current NFL defensive tackle, New York Jets** Francena McCorory - 2010 - Track and field, NCAA 400m three-time champion** Kellie Wells - Track and field Olympic athlete; 100m hurdle bronze medalist, 2012**
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