Historically Black College & Universities

Historically Black College & Universities

  1. Why HBCUs are important in the educational spectrum of America?  HBCUs are important because they provide a foundation for Afro-American in an environment to become our future leaders in business, law, science, education, military service, entertainment, and sports.  HBCUs give the Afro-American the opportunity to attend any HBCUs of his or her choice for higher learning.


  1. President Obama has stated the importance of education but where is the evidence that show this process? Since President Obama’s election he has been an advocate for higher learning.  First, President Obama has challenged every American to commit to at least one year of higher learning or post-secondary training.  Secondly, is helping every Middle class Family afford College.  Thirdly, strengthening Community Colleges.  Fourthly, keeping costs down.  Lastly, improving transparency and accountability.


  1. Our group members: Marlon Bennett, Noah Everett, Brandon Lee, and Deondre Wynn.


  1. What are your lesson objectives: (A) Students will learn the start of HBCUs.  (B) Students will learn a few notable HBCUs alumnus.  (C) Students will know the importance of receiving an education at HBCUs


  1. Refer to group members materials: huffingtonpost.com/…/honda-18famous -histo.


  1. Why HBCUs are important to American? HBCUs are important because they allow Afro-Americans to obtain a quality education while feeling comfortable with students with an ethnic background.  HBCUs give Afro-American a solid foundation to compete with others in the job market once he or she has graduated.


  1. Please tell the challenges or the situation that HBCUs face in this nation. HBCUs face financial problems due to a lack of funding.  Many of the private HBCUs are funded by the United Negro College Fund, few grants, private donors, and mainly the churches that helped establish their existence.  In addition, you the students are the biggest contributors because attending HBCUs help increase the financial aid.


  1. Who is affected by the developing challenging situation of HBCUs and why? The Afro-American students are affected by these challenges because no HBCUs will be available if they close because of a lack of funding.  The Afro-American communities are affected because by HBCUs being visible in the communities helped encourage other high school graduates to attend.


  1. What are the positive & negative of gaining a degree from HBCUs? The positive is that a quality education is awarded to the Afro-American student with a strong mind to compete in today’s world.  At HBCU professors strive to help the students to reach his or her full potential.  The negative of attending an HBCU is that some people are judgmental when it comes to black institution.  However, great people have done very well by finishing from HBCUs and have done outstanding:  Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., Roberta Flake, W.E.B. DuBois, Jessye Norman, Leontyne Price, Thurgood Marshall, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Tuskegee Airmen, Common, Toni Morrison, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sean Combs, Jerry Rice, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Taraji P. Henson, Alice Walker, and the list goes on and on.


  1.  What is the situation now in the communities that experience having HBCU in their communities today?   HBCUs continue to survive by educating students, however, their existence are becoming more and questionable because of funding.


  1. Five keys words related to the lesson for higher order and critical thinking skills:  President, process, foundation, Alumnus, and existence.


  1. What is the academic relationship between this lesson & the history of EWC?  Edward Waters College is and has been affected by a lack of contributors with funding, but for years beginning in 1866 Edward Waters Colleges continues to be a beacon of hope for the Afro-American community.

5 Year Old Akim Camara



™Akim Camara from Germany, a noted child prodigy was 2 years old when he started to play violin taking lessons by instructor Birgit Thiele at the Marzahn-hellersdorf School of Music.  This little kid started out impressing audience of all ages with his playing until Conductor Andre Rieu heard him, and as we can say,  “The rest is history.”



™Akim Camara at the age of 11 play C A de Beriot Concert Nr 9 2012.  Still impressing audiences abroad.  This is something that young children all over should see a young man playing classical music and enjoying it every moment.



™He continues to wow the crowd with his playing.  My hope is that I can open up a school to teach youth in Jacksonville, Florida and  get students, who want to take classical music, but unable to afford the lessons.   I Believe it will happen.









Great Things Keep Happening for Virginia McLaurin

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Since meeting President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Virginia McLaurin of Washington D.C. met with two of the renowned Harlem Globetrotters; Moose Weekes and Zeus McClurkin.  It was her 107 years’ birthday and they presented her own No. 107 Jersey and gave 107 tickets to the foster students, where she volunteer’s up to 40 hours a week.  Ms. McLaurin shared a word of wisdom to the students by telling them, “Children obey your parents.”  I believe that Ms. McLaurin is on to something because she attributes her longevity to serving the Lord.  For in the word of God, He tells us to Honor our father and mother.  If one obeys then long life will follow according to His word.  Apparently, it is working for Virginia McLaurin, so great things continue to follow her.   I imagine Ms. McLaurin has seen and been through so much that she has a story to tell from segregation to integration.  Her time line is filled with a smorgasbord of interesting topics, and by her 64 million followers the people will listen.  If she got the Obamas, and the Harlem Globetrotters to listen, I believe others will follow.  Great Lady! Great Lady!

Fish used to feed the multitude

Do you ever wonder the kind of fish Jesus used to feed the multitude?


In the bible, it does not say the type of two fish used to feed the multitude, but it does say a command was given telling the people to sit down.   Once the crowd had obeyed, Jesus blessed, and braked and gave the loaves to his disciples.  Then, the disciples gave the loaves to the multitude and they all did

eat and were filled.  In the Sea of Galilee, it is the largest

freshwater lake in Israel.  One day I was in Publix grocery stores shopping in the seafood section, and I wanted some “Tilapia,” and the seafood clerk stated to me; Tilapia is the fish that Jesus used to feed the multitude.  Now, I do not know whether this is true, but it got me to thinking.  Tilapia, is a freshwater fish that inhabits ponds, streams, rivers and lakes, and are less commonly found living in brackish water or salt and fresh water mixed together.  My point is, Jesus used clean fish to provide the multitude with the best; however, it may have been another type of fish.  In conclusion, it is a miracle that occurred with feeding so many people, but it worked.  I found that this is very interesting to know that He did not let the people go home without providing them with His very best.

Lady Virginia McLaurin


Virginia McLaurin who is 106 was overcome with joy when she meant President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.  Virginia McLaurin was so happy that she began to dance and expressed how much it is an honor to visit the White House, to see the first black president.  The soldier standing in the room is full of laughter from the reaction of Virginia McLaurin.  This is alright to see; she has lived through the administrations of 18 presidents.

Lady Virginia McLaurin has experienced a lot in her life time as Afro-American; such as   segregation  and  the great depression.  She has attribute her longevity to prayer and her belief in the Lord.  She prays that the Lord will continue to keep her mind functioning good, and so far the Lord has delivered His promise.  Virginia McLaurin does not pray to be rich or to have a beautiful house, but she prays for a healthy life.  She is a contented woman with a gracious heart that continues to trust in the Lord.  She also, has a sister at the age of 108, so those girls are doing something right in their lives.  So, to see President Obama and the First Lady  is the highlight for a righteous living.

Educational Technology

The level of my technology integration skills is growing tech 1

Social Media is expanding the voice of youth, teens, and young adults globally. tech 3

Why HBCU ‘S should integrate with Technology

HBCU should integrate because it is the way of the future and today’s world is constantly changing; therefore, progressing with the time is important.





In today’s society, Heroin is a drug that is taking over cities and abroad with it’s addictive craving for teenagers, young and old adults.  United States have tried to combat the drug epidemic, but the war continues to keep growing.  Drugs plague our small rural towns to large metropolitan cities and several towns have organized plans to solve this matter.  However, the temptation of drugs continues to entice the teenage generation and if not controlled then it will progress into adulthood.  From Heroin to prescription drugs; the people are getting hooked because some are beginning to experiment at the schools.  I can recall, a former next door neighbor telling me she started experiencing with drugs at her high school, which is a Presbyterian school.  She also stated that drugs are easy to obtain in the school and many teenagers are users.  I can recall an incident, where I worked as a cashier at a gas station that a guy wanted to use out inside restroom, and he said to me, “It will be quick.”  But, I soon notice that he was taking longer than normal.  So after about forty-five minutes, he came out of the restroom leaving the store.  Then I checked the restroom only to discover that he left his needle in the trash and you could see the blood bubble in the syringe that he used.
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Some symptoms:  paraphernalia, track marks, small pupils, craving, personality changes just to name a few.  There millions that crave this drugs in the professional fields:  Lawyers, Doctors, Bankers, Teachers, Stock Brokers, Athletes, Actors, Actresses, Executives, Professors, Pastors, Entertainers, Musicians, Law Enforcement, Military, Politicians, poor to the rich income drugs will not leave anyone out.  Some cities have started programs that instead of locking the users up in jail, but sign them up in a rehab facility that will administer the drugs to them in a lower dosage weening them away altogether.




Hostile Text Messages

A Hostile text @ Jacksonville School Board

Dr. Connie Hall of Jacksonville, Florida; a member of the Duval County School Board; sent a text message towards Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti on 9/25/15 @ 9:58p that said, “I vote, fire him now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Then she sent another text that same night @ 10:11p, “Wow, and he thinks he can do that?  Special Ed in action.”  Paula Wright and Becki Couch, who are school board members received the same text messages.  Based upon Dr. Nikolai Vitti that he has stated to the school board concerning his disability of overcoming dyslexia; in addition, the board has renewed his contract for three more years.  Now, Dr. Connie Hall has apologized to the school board; however, this is going to take some time to blew over and to heal the hostility steeped between school board members.

New Board Picture

Question to ask?  Have you ever texted or emailed negative things about anybody?  Have you ever received negative text or emails about you or a friend?







Question to ask?  Have you ever texted or emailed negative things about anybody?  Have you ever received negative text or emails about you or a friend?