Makenzee Brown, Jackson State University- c/o 2011, History
Name : Makenzee Brown
HBCU : Jackson State University
Graduation Year : 2011
Major : History
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
he Lovely JSU Campus | Image courtesy of Jackson State University
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I decided to become a student at Jackson State because I felt that it was a great school of choice for my intended major which is History. It also has a RICH history itself.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
We couldn’t locate an exact image of the Plaza but the tables and umbrellas look relaxing
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Dr. Lackey and his career as a writer and assistant professor
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
Bostons,Wingstop,Taco Bell, McDonalds. I like no LOVE taco’s the most.
Lol, I have a boyfriend who attends Southern University.
Jackson State University
- Athletics: Jackson State University is a member of the NCAA Division I-FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Southwestern Athletic Conference, commonly known as the SWAC. All SWAC sports are DI with Football being FCS. Currently, the university fields teams in men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, and bowling; women's volleyball; and men's football.
- Notable Alumni: Vivian Brown - Weather Channel meteorologist** Demarco Morgan - News anchor for WNBC in New York City** Percy Greene - Founded the Jackson Advocate newspaper, Mississippi's oldest black-owned newspaper** Cassandra Wilson - Jazz vocalist and musician** Willie Norwood - American Gospel singer, father and voice coach of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J** Cornell William Brooks - 1983 - Harvard trained lawyer that served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP** Tony Yarber - 2004 - Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi** Malcolm D. Jackson - CIO at Environmental Protection Agency during President Barack Obama administration. He is a Presidential Appointment** Shasta Averyhardt - 2008 - Professional golfer, 1st African-American woman to qualify for the LPGA Tour since 2001, and its fourth African-American woman member in the 60-year history of the tour** Marcus Benard - 2009 - Current NFL linebacker** Walter Payton - 1975 - Pro Football Hall of Fame running back; played entire career for the Chicago Bears** Karen Taylor - Played professionally in Europe, mother of Stanley Johnson** Michael Tinsley - 2006 - Track & Field sprinter** First Lady Michelle Obama - 2016 - First African-American to serve as First Lady of the United States. She was given an honorary doctorate from Jackson State University where she served as the keynote speaker for its 2016 Spring undergraduate commencement ceremony**
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