Dear Barack Obama:
Do you really think that some HBCU’s are not good at graduating students and that if they don’t improve that they will have to go by the wayside? This is a case of many non HBCU’s as well.
The question should be what can we do to strengthen them and keep HBCU’s from falling apart?
I’m a graduate of Tennessee State University and since I was presented an opportunity to go to college before I graduated I helped start The Wall of Excellence Scholarship and Development Fund that has raised over $500,000.00 to help College of Business students continue and complete their education.
Through your name OBAMA here are 5 things that could be done to help keep HBCU’s alive.
O – Offer scholarships to males coming out of prison to help them re-enter the world and succeed.
B – Bring more jobs to cities where HBCU’s are located.
A – Assign mentors to students that qualify.
M – Move more soldiers out of war so that they can come back to college campuses.
A – Align banking partners with student entrepreneurs to allow them to start and build businesses before they graduate.
If these ideas won’t work for you please present some that will. The opportunity that an HBCU gave me saved my life. I documented this in my poem, “An HBCU Saved My Life.”
Growing up our Mothers gave us love
I turned to school and He turned to sell drugs
No high grades with passing test scores
My life seemed dark with no open doors
Apply anyway is what I heard my Mother say
If they all say no you can always go work for pay
Would I get in? My town would debate
One by one said yes, FAMU and Tennessee State
My friend that was dealing is no longer around
He was buried 6 feet deep when I came back to town
My work is now seen all over the nation
Only because I received a 1st class education
The things I seek and do
Happen because of seeds planted at my HBCU
Saving our sons and daughters we have to continue
Help each child keep school on their menu
I wrote this because “An HBCU Saved My Life”
The importance of HBCU’s was relevant years ago and they are still making an impact today. Just at my alma mater TSU alone graduates are currently empowering the world through television and technology.
Oprah Winfrey started with a show and now has the OWN brand that is currently partnering with Tyler Perry to help bring television to another level. Bobby Jones who is an HBCU graduate is the host of one of the longest running programs in television history. Jesse E. Russell is an HBCU graduate and is the one you have to thank for turning the car phone concept into a cell phone so that billions of people can talk to each other without having to be in the house or car.
No school or institution is perfect so with all due respect please use your Executive Order to help keep HBCU’s in order.
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