For some of you this story will mean nothing — but to me it means a lot. I believe in honoring history, traditions and legacies. And I do believe in and support the Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States.
My mother graduated from Ft. Valley State College in Georgia. My Aunt Brendalyn graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta. My Uncle Samuel Jerome graduated from Tennessee State University – I’ll never forget when Ed “Too Tall” Jones came to visit. My niece Chiquetta graduated from Florida A&M University.
As for me, well, I actually had a scholarship to Southern University in Louisiana but that sage and wise ol’ man, my dad, Buck West, decided that if I was to be an officer in the U.S. Army — I needed to attend school in an environment where I was in the minority so I would never be intimidated. And at the time, the University of Tennessee had one of the nation’s best Army ROTC programs – like I said, he was a wise man.