HBCU Pride. Thank You Beyoncé
By guest blogger Brianna Warren
I could not take my eyes away as I sat and streamed Beyoncé’s Coachella performance live via YouTube—I was amazed!
I noticed right away her show resembled bleachers at a football game—complete with a marching band, drumline, and majorettes. Her high energy and intensity-filled performance highlighted one of the most prideful and exciting times on a historically black college or university’s (HBCU) campus—homecoming. This is a time for alumni to return on campus and reminisce about the “good ‘ol days” and for current students to turn-up and enjoy all their school has to offer!
Beyoncé’s show paid tribute to black culture and its influence on America, but more specifically the rich legacy of all HBCUs. She also did an excellent job of re-creating HBCU culture and the annual homecoming experience. HBCUs were created to give African-Americans equal educational opportunities during a time when the majority of predominantly white institutions were preventing black students from enrolling. Since the inception of HBCUs, even with limited resources, they have still found ways to keep their doors open and continually produce quality graduates.
Beyoncé is one of the most sought-after entertainers of my generation. I feel honored she chose my school, Xavier University of Louisiana as one of the four HBCUs to receive the Homecoming Scholars Award. This scholarship goes hand in hand with our mission of helping to create a more just and humane society, in addition to always upholding a standard of excellence.
Although I have been blessed to attend Xavier for four consecutive years, that is not the case for many students in today’s society. There are too many bright and gifted students that have a strong desire to earn a degree, but due to financial hardships, are unable to attend and graduate from college. I am confident that Beyoncé’s Homecoming Scholars Award program will continue to uphold the legacy of all HBCUs—opportunity.