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T-Kea Blackman, Howard University- c/o 2012, Mass Communications

T-Kea Blackman, Mental Health Advocate, Speaker & Writer

Name : T-Kea Blackman

HBCU : Howard University

Graduation Year : 2012

Major : Mass Communications

Minor : Drama/Theater

Email : kea@firefliesunite.com

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Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*

I am from New Jersey. I was introduced to HBCUs by attending an HBCU college fair in New York with my god-sister.

T-Kea Blackman, Mental Health Advocate, Speaker & Writer
T-Kea Blackman, Mental Health Advocate, Speaker & Writer
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Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*

I chose an HBCU over an PWI because I wanted to be a part of a legacy that helped to shape many black leaders.

"...I learned about the prestigious alumni such as Debbie Allen, Thurgood Marshall, Phylicia Rashad and Zora Neale Hurston..."
"...I learned about the prestigious alumni such as Debbie Allen, Thurgood Marshall, Phylicia Rashad and Zora Neale Hurston..."
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What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*

My experience at Howard University has truly shaped the woman I am today. During my tenure, I not only grew academically but I learned about the African Diaspora, and gained a sense of pride for my people. I grew spiritually by founding a ministry on campus and through my involvement with religious life.

I learned the value in service and understood that I must learn to serve in order to lead. I discovered my ability to lead, create something for my people and understood the value of leaving a legacy through entrepreneurship.

In addition, I learned about the prestigious alumni such as Debbie Allen, Thurgood Marshall, Phylicia Rashad and Zora Neale Hurston, which gave me the strength and the courage to go after my dreams. Howard’s legacy allowed me to understand the shoulders I stood on.

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"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*

My first time at an HBCU was my college tour of Howard University.

Thanks to my big sister of the Big Brother and Big Sister program that I was able to have this experience.

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Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*

Dr. Gregory Carr was the professor who held the most impact during my tenure at Howard.

He is often referred as the Tupac of Howard. He has a wealth of knowledge on the African Diaspora, a passion for our community, and the ability to teach students about their history in a world that tries to diminish and erase black history.

 

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