T-Kea Blackman, Howard University- c/o 2012, Mass Communications
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
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..."
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.
"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.
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.
- Athletics: Howard University competes in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Howard University offers Basketball, Cross Country, Bowling, Football, Soccer, Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Softball, Track and Field, and Volleyball.
- Notable Alumni: Andre Johnson - Actor on TV show Black-ish** Queen Latifah - Actress, was on the hit TV show "Living Single"** Erika Alexander - Actress, was on the hit TV show "Living Single"** Chadwick Boseman, actor** Taraji P. Henson - Oscar and Emmy-Nominated and Golden Globe Winning Actress** Elijah Cummings - United States Representative** Thurgood Marshall - United States Supreme Court Justice** Toni Morrison - Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize–winning novelist** Stan Verrett, anchor on the ESPN and ESPNEWS networks in the United States** Tom Joyner Morning Show producer Nikki Woods** United States Ambassador Andrew Young** Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia Kasim Reed** Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson** Book artist Clarissa Sligh** Shauntay Hinton, beauty pageant winner** Gus Johnson, sports broadcaster** Attorney Vernon Jordan** Television personality Ananda Lewis** Former Mayor of the District of Columbia Adrian Fenty** Actor Lance Gross** Kamala Harris, first African-American, and first Asian-American female Attorney General & US Senator from California** Television journalist Lori Stokes** Actor Ossie Davis** Former Malian prime minister and NASA engineer Cheick Modibo Diarra** David Dinkins, the first African-American mayor of New York City** Emmy Award nominated actor and star of the TV Show Black-ish Anthony Anderson** The first Nigerian president Nnamdi Azikiwe** Mayor of Newark, New Jersey Ras J. Baraka** NFL player Antoine Bethea** Civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael** Music Mogul, Sean Combs** Ben Ali, co-founder and owner of Ben's Chili Bowl, the famous restaurant in Washington, D.C.** Choreographer, actress, Producer of "A Different World" and singer Debbie Allen**
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