Updated: Jun 9, 2021
Some of us who graduated or attended an HBCU may not know their FULL history (I don’t). We do know that there is a prideful energy that’s emitted when we speak of our alma mater and/or our experiences. It ignites a spark that turns into smiles, laughter, tears, and sometimes hours of conversation. What’s the origin of that spark; that pride? Here’s a snippet… “Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were established to serve the educational needs of black Americans. Prior to the time of their establishment, and for many years afterwards, blacks were generally denied admission to traditionally white institutions. As a result, HBCUs became the principle means for providing postsecondary education to black Americans.” For more information, check out: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/hq9511.html.
So, today, January 20, 2021, there’s a collective joy, excitement, pride and sense of accomplishment for those who have ties, experiences or graduated from a cadre of excellence-in-education institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We are more than elated to witness the inauguration of our new royalty, the Vice President of the United States of America, Kamala Harris. She epitomizes the essence of relentless determination, despite the ongoing struggles that plague minorities in this country. She is our current display of a woman who rocks, who happens to be Black; who happens to be South Asian; who happens to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., who happens to have a beautifully blended modern family; who happens to have bridged many firsts; who happens to be a graduate of an HBCU, Howard University. Her presence in the formal inaugural activities today, and each day beyond, will be a testament to girls, women of color and HBCU graduates alike, that your dreams are accomplishable!! They can, no doubt, become your realities. Your sought-out purpose can be fulfilled and played out on the stage for the country and the world to see. Hindrances can be diminished. Those giants can fall, then die. Mountains can be moved. We must stay focused on the prize, and trust God for the journey ahead.
I’m grateful for the experience to have witnessed the integrity and class of the first black President of the United States of America. I was emotional as I watched the inauguration from the grounds of the Capitol on that bitterly cold day. I’m also grateful on today, as I watched from my bedroom, witnessing the 2021 Inauguration Ceremony of this woman of color—this bold-spirited woman, who will grace the office of the Vice President of the United States of America with beauty, toughness, dignity, integrity, intelligence, class, Greek love and HBCU pride! She is our queen, whether in a dress, pantsuit, jogging gear, or in her now famous chucks and pearls. It has been a fantastic view, seeing so many of us creatively rock our chucks and pearls in support, honor and celebration of The VPOTUS, Madam Kamala Harris! HerStory is history….She is the highest ranking woman in these United States! We are so proud!
We pray for God’s guidance and His protection, in covering our nation, its leaders, the world and ALL of His children!
Share your chucks and pearls pics on TCV social media platforms. They will be showcased in a gallery on the website—Page coming soon!
Peace & Blessings, Lisa B