As the collegiate football 2016 Celebration Bowl approaches, I am reflecting upon how impressed I was with Grambling State University after attending the 2016 SWAC Championship Game. I was provided the opportunity to attend this game due to a partnership with Toyota USA. In addition to supporting Black communities with their Toyota Green Initiative, Toyota was also the sponsor of the 2016 SWAC Championship game. While attending the game, I was blessed to experience something that I never witnessed at my non-HBCU. During the game, the Grambling State Tigers took the time to honor the players who came before them by inducting them into the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame. I was happily surprised at the respect that GSU showed to those who came before them. This is, however, indicative of how I have seen several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) operate.
Not too long before watching Grambling defeat Alcorn State in the SWAC Championship Game, I went to Texas Southern University’s 2016 Homecoming Game. During the half-time performance, the school took the time to acknowledge an incoming freshman whom was the recipient of a full scholarship. Paying homage to their community is one of the things that sets HBCUs apart and makes them special. In a recent blog post, I shared about the importance of educating our children about Black America and the continuing challenges we face. As a homeschooling parent, I have made it my mission to ensure that my son receive the well-rounded education that I did not as a child. That includes learning about more than Dr. King and Rosa Parks when it comes to Black history. In order to make this happen, one of the activities we will be doing this summer is taking a road trip through Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas in order to learn more about the history of the Civil Rights Movement and tour five HBCUs. My experience at the GSU game was one of the main events that inspired this trip.
I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge about Black History along with my son. I am thankful for the opportunity with Toyota that afforded me the chance to attend the SWAC Championship game that flamed my desire to take this journey through history. We do not know where we are, or where we are going, if we do not know where we have been.
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