Can Homecoming Influence our College Choices
By N. Hamilton
HOUSTON – Homecoming is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as the act of returning home, and the Homecoming at Booker T. Washington High School, and Prairie A & M University was just that!
Coming home to the people who knew you before you embarked upon any portion of success. They knew you when you were struggling to become the person you desired to be and they loved and guided you regardless.
Walking through the aisles at Booker T. Washington and Prairie View’s Homecomings, you could see multiple generations of graduates in the stands, sitting by their RV’s and chilling underneath their tents. The array of beautiful silver hair represented the distinguished and successful alumni, the partially mingled grey hair represented the middle-aged graduates still rising up the ladder of success, and the blue, gold, black and afro-centric hair of the new generation of graduates permeated the yard represented the struggle to graduate and achieve the success of their predecessors.
Remembering the small nuances of the pushes to do better, the reminders of when work is due, the threats when work has not been submitted and the hugs received when you have made an accomplishment is an irreplaceable value that goes unspoken when referring to African-American High Schools and Universities.
This warmth cannot be duplicated and you cannot get this feeling from anywhere but home; which is why they call it Homecoming!
In the wake of both Homecomings, the plight of decision at Booker T. Washington is still looming over students, who are soon to be graduates of which universities or colleges are best for African-American students to attend?
The most obvious question is will our students do better emotionally, socially and intellectually at HBCU (Historically Black College or University), or a PWU (Predominately White University)?
Will our students receive this same type of parental guidance when attending a predominately White high school or university? Will they receive the one-on-one attention? Will there be an obstruction or motivation to continue in times of struggle?
How about that hug that may be needed when one’s family needs money and deadlines are approaching? On the other end of the spectrum, if they persevere, will the job offers be fast and furious and of a high caliber?
Our students did some research and in a single study which stated, “Two researchers’ new study of degree attainment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities versus predominantly White institutions, also known, in the study, as PWIs, found that the chances of graduating in six years for Black students are significantly higher at the Black colleges, when controlling for key variables.”
The study, called “Degree Attainment for Black Students at HBCUs and PWIs: A Propensity Score Matching Approach,” found that Black students who attend HBCUs are between 6 percent and 16 percent more likely to graduate within six years than those who attend predominantly White institutions.
The findings of the 2017 report also state, “A Look at Black Student Success,” were consistent with Franke’s study once the data was limited to low-income, freshman students. For those figures, Nichols’s study found that HBCUs graduate Black students at higher rates (38 percent versus 32 percent for comparable PWIs) despite their students’ having lower standardized test scores and greater financial need (Chronicle for Higher Education, 2017).
With so much information in our global society, our students must continue to research to see what best works for them.
Article Link: https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Are-Black-Colleges-Doing-/243119
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.