Nelson Bowman, Morehouse College- c/o 1984, Marketing
Name : Nelson Bowman
HBCU : Morehouse College
Graduation Year : 1984
Major : Marketing
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
Houston, TX – Third Ward
3rd Ward, Houston
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
Attending white schools for the majority of my K-12 years, I wanted to be around more black people.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
A place where I came into my own as I met with, walked with and talked with black leaders regularly.
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Jesse Jackson, a public figure that I had seen on tv for years, actually registered me to vote. When I came to Morehouse, I didnt even know I mattered. When I left, I knew that I had arrived…Just that Morehouse Mystique!
What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
Pascals Restaurant – meatloaf
Ain’t going there!
How you heard about HBCU Interview Website?
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