Lannie Smith, Fisk University- c/o 2013, Sociology
Name : Lannie Smith
HBCU : Fisk University
Graduation Year : 2013
Major : Sociology
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I was born and reared in Nashville,Tn. My mother graduated from Tennessee State University. From attending the various events such as homecoming and the TSU parade that is how I was introduced to HBCUs back in the day.
Proud representative of Fisk University, Lannie Smith
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I did not even attempt to apply to an pwi. It was by choice of why I did not. I wanted to have the hbcu experience.
C100 Bros making Fisk University proud!
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
Yes, Fisk a prestigious institution full of the most multi-liberal talented student’s. Moreover for my experience I got to become a well recognized student leader and most of all on the campus of Fisk University I got to know Jesus Christ for myself.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
My HBCU is not as diverse as I would like for it to be. However we have a diversity. I tend to work well with all groups of people.
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
While attending Fisk Mini College Dr. Reavis Mitchell was one of my professors and he currently is. While in mini college he always stated,”he hopes to still be living once we become bright Fiskites.” By the grace of God he is still here.
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
Knock Out Wings & Sonic. The biscuits from knock out wings are great.
I am married to my High School Sweetheart, Lucinda.
- Athletics: Fisk University is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I level, primarily competing in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, tennis and track & field; women's sports include basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
- Notable Alumni: Nikki Giovanni - 1967 - poet, author, professor, scholar** Otis Boykin - 1942 - Inventor, control device for the heart pacemaker** Gregory "DJ GB" Byers - 2013 - DJ, Producer** William L. Dawson (politician) - 1909 - U.S. Congressman (1943–1970)** Charles Diggs - United States House of Representatives Michigan (1955–1980)** Rel Dowdell - 1993 - Acclaimed filmmaker** James J. Durham - 1880, 1885 - Founder of Morris College** Venida Evans - 1969 - Actress, best known for IKEA commercials** John Hope Franklin - 1935 - Historian, professor, scholar, author of landmark text From Slavery to Freedom** Esther Cooper Jackson - 1940 - Founding editor of Freedomways Journal** Leonard Jackson (actor) - 1952 - Actor, Five on the Black Hand Side; The Color Purple** Matthew Knowles - 1973 - Father and former manager of Beyoncé, founder and owner of Music World Entertainment, and adjunct professor at Texas Southern University** Hon. Hazel O'Leary - Former U.S. Secretary of Energy** Alma Powell - Wife of Gen. Colin Powell** Margaret Murray Washington - 1890 - Lady Principal of Tuskegee Institute and third wife of Booker T. Washington** Ida B. Wells - American civil rights activist and women's suffrage advocate** Frederica Wilson - 1963 - U.S. Representative for Florida's 17th congressional district**
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