Thursday, February 10, 2011

Creating a Twitter Quilt of HBCUs


First graduates of Virginia State University (1886)


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The Historically Black College and University saga began with the founding of the following schools; Cheyney (1837), Lincoln (1854), and Wilberforce (1856).  Additional "Black" schools recommenced during with the period of Reconstruction(1865-1877) and into post-Reconstruction, with the founding of schools (not limited to) Howard University (1867) and Hampton University in (1868).  Because the writer of this blog is from Virginia, I will take this space to recongize the HBCUs of Virginia, that began at Emancipation Oak (on the campus of Hampton University) which are; Hampton Institute (1868),"a school on a hill" Virginia State University (1882), Saint Paul's College (1888), Virginia Union University (1899) and Norfolk State University (1935).
These schools, while they have largely educated African Americans (resulting from years of racism and segregation), they have never denied any American admissions on the basis of race.  These schools have a wonderful "mosaic" history.  This is to say, that each individual school has contributed successfully to the image, culture, the intellectual contribution, and spirituality to both America broadly and African Americans, those that attended these American institutions most specifically.  Most importantly, the pride, rich tradition, and heritage of these schools, have rebirthed those that have attended and graduated from these institutions.  Its alumni are to be found and counted everywhere within American landscapes and institutions.  While these schools have been around for 174 years, new generations of potential students yearn to know of this wonderment that these now 105 HBCUs possess .  Recently, the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack H. Obama, held a reception on HBCUs at the White House.  This acknowledgement of the HBCU by President Barack Obama, to both remain committed and strengthen the HBCU, added excitment and further inquiry into the story of these American treasuers.
The social network of Twitter has created a space for all Americans and most specifically African Americans to connect and reconnect with unknown and known persons.  These connections, like a quilt, is both broad and loving.  With each connection, like a pattern, has a story to tell. This is the story of the HBCU, a broad patchwork of loving people, with a story to tell that is both unique and interconnected. The world of Twitter reenforces the oral tradition, which has been a corner stone of the African American community. Share your HBCU story through Twitter with these potential students.  Tell them your beautiful story of why they should attend your HBCU? (To learn more about Virginia's Black Colleges)

59 comments:

Dorian said...

Because HBCU's are already the minority in the college world, everything is on a smaller scale. In a smaller environment in regards to attending college; people are much closer and establish stronger bonds than other people at other universities. Studies show that black Americans use Twitter more than white americans. The median age for black Americans according to the 2000 census is 30 years old, a full seven years younger than for white Americans.Twitter is most popular amongst 25-34 year-olds. Black people therefore make up a relatively higher percentage of the population. Is this the real reason why we use Twitter more though ? Could this possibly just be a more modern version of the type of communication our ancestors once practiced. I personally think of Twitter as an extensive part of my communication in the social realm.

Tria. said...

The HBCU twitter quilt is a wonderful Idea to help continue our ancestors oral tradition. I believe through twitter or facebook generations can change the world and negative views of Afrian Americans. When applying for colleges everybody should consider attending a HBCU, theres no other experience like it, parties, greek life, teacher relationships, networking, etc.The HBCU you attend you'll learn everyone becomes a family, upperclassman begin to teach new students the ropes. The first thing I heard about when I came to Hampton was the traditional " Hampton Run around". The HBCU experience has its negatives and positives, there may be crappy dorms or cafe, but at the end of the day your getting a great education from teachers that ginuinely care.

Amber_Sheppard said...

Hampton University - Amber Sheppard
Making a Twitter quilt, a place where people can communicate with each other is a great idea. HBCUs are sometimes looked down on and being able to promote the schools in a postive way will change how many people look at the schools. Twitter is a interactive network that people reconnect with people they know and introduce themselves to people they dont. Each individual that plays a role in a HBCUs can show other people that dont attend one what a postive place it really is.

brittneypulley_598 said...

The HBCU twitter quilt is a very unique idea. I really admire and appreciate the idea because it lets me know that as black people, we care about being staying strong and being connected. I hope that this idea will prosper, and wish to see people all ove the world participating. It is important that as black people, we uplift one another as opposed to tearing one another down.

kyle_Bailey said...

Hampton University
With Twitter being one of the biggest networking sites and HBCUs having a large community of students, linking the two together could definitely be a positive for both. Giving HBCUs the exposure on Twitter and creating different trending topics will put us under a bright light and allow people to have a good taste in their mouth about HBCUs. If the right leaders were put in place and they took on this project it could have the potential to really be successful.

Deandra said...

DeAndra Smith- Hampton University
I think the HBCU twitter quilt is a good idea. i think its important for people to know the good aspects of HBCUs and not just look down on them. There are alot of experiences that you get at a HBCU that you cannot get anywhere else.Showing how hbcu's are through twitter is a good idea, almost everyone has one and it gives people a chance to connect and share their thought about their HBCU.A HBCU is a good place to be you will have a experience like no other.

Courtney said...

Courtney Smith-Hampton University
The idea of a creating a HBCU Twitter quilt will not only be beneficial to the students who attend HBCU's but to everyone that is linked to twitter. Being that twitter is one of the leading networking sites as of now it will be a positive approach of insightful information on HBCU's and educating the aspects of an all black college experience. It will give the right exposure for all HBCU's. The twitter quilt will mainly just be a great place for where all the HBCU's can be connected as one.

pinkkebra said...

Kebra Fray
Hampton University

I love the idea of the HBCU quilt. it gives others a chance to hear about your experience and it shows that not everybody or every school is the same and that each person of each school has something different to offer. Twitter is a great way to reach people because it is fast and in this day almost everybody has one or is getting one. Twiiter is a great way for people to be connected around the world.

carra said...

Hampton University- Carra Wilson
A HBCU Twitter Quilt will not only connect students whom currently attend school, but the facility and alumni as well. The HBCU quilt may be something to inspire others whom don't attend school yet, to want to attend and HBCU. Everyone's experience at a HBCU is not the same, to be able to hear someone else's story is great. Individuals can connect with people who shared the same experience or even who had a completely opposite experience. It is important for us to tell our story. Our story is what makes us who we are today. Someone else's story may inspire others as well.

Beatiful_Survivor said...

A HBCU quilt would be an amazing thing. I believe that no one understands what an HBCU is like but those who have attended onw. It would be nice to also connect with alumni of Hampton and other HBCU's to receive advice on things that I am sure they have already expercienced as a student of a HBCU. I believe we should be able to lean on one another as family and this quilt through twitter would help this be accomplished.

anastazia x said...

Anastazia Neely
Hampton University

Before I spend money on anything, I usually ask a friend or acquaintance if they have tried it first. Regardless of what the commercials or the product says, I'm still more inclined to trust people I know.
I believe that the same applies to colleges and universities. All of the glossy brochures will tell you that their school is the place for you. Some of the bright-faced tour guides will tell you the truth. That's all fine, but personally, I would rather hear from an impartial individual than a conglomerate that views me as a customer.
The Twitter Quilt would be an effective way to gain first-person, relatively objective views on HBCUs; both their strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, in collectively acknowledging our shortcomings we can transform them into successes.

Kware0913 said...

Kenneth Ware
Hampton University

I think an HBCU twitter quilt promotes a strong connection between the students who attend them. It creates unity as well as the diverstity in the community of all who attend them. I attended a predominantly white school and there werent many people who i connected with and i think thats the major difference between attending an HBCU and other colleges around the United States.

Atiya Jones said...

Atiya Jones-Hampton University
I am definitely in agreement with what was stated, the twitter quilt is an a great idea. It is centered around bringing the African-American community together to celebrate our unique gertiage and that higher learning experinece. HBCU's have contributed much to American education, society, and African-Americans. As a student at a prestigious HBCU I am greatly affected by the education that I receive and understand the value of my HBCU experience because I know that those around me have my best interest in mind and want me to succeed, and I am honored to take part in what my ancestors struggled and worked hard for. I must say that I am proud of the education I am receiving that is not only preparing me for the world around me, but is making me aware and educated about my culture, what more could a student as for in a higher learning institution?

Chelsey_Love said...

Chelsey Coleman
Hampton University

Creating a HBCU Twitter quilt is a very creative idea. I believe sharing our multiple HBCU expericences will not only help us recognize the many subcultures of the African American culture but it will also encourage students who are considering an HBCU to make an accurate choice when selecting a school. Hearing each other stories about our schools will carry on the rich tradition of HBCU's. Twitter as a very popular social network is a great avenue for us to get connected and stay connected with those we attemd school with, students from other schools, and alumni.

Jaimi Leah Gray said...

Jaimi Gray
Hampton University

The idea of choosing a college or university can be a tough choice, so I will give you my opinion. Having attended both a predominately white university and HBCU, I can give my perspective from both sides. Being black, I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at an HBCU. Being at an HBCU provides you with an experience that you can only gain at an HBCU. You will see the pride that these schools exuberate, not only for their schools but for themselves. It feels great to know that black colleges are becoming more than just a mere title, and making a positive name for our people. I also believe that the idea for a "Twitter Quilt" is genius and the involvement in this project needs to be CONTAGIOUS! Spread the Word.

brittany said...

Hampton University is an institution that enables its students to learn about those who have made it possible for individuals across gender and racial boundaries to receive an education at the same institution. It has produced some of the nation's leading physicians, lawyers, social activists, and even educators. Our "Home by the Sea" prepares students for life as it challenges and stretches its students in order to bring out the character, intelligence, and integrity that lies within them. There is no other place like Hampton University and if I had to do it all over again, I would undoubtedly choose this institution.

Life Learned Lessons said...

Ashlee Owens
Hampton University

I love the idea of the HBCU Twitter Quilt. Everyone has their own experiences at college, and for others to read about other people's experiences at other HBCUs will be very insightful. Furthermore, this quilt will not only link the Black community together, but it will also help make the college selection process a litter easier for the student as far as choosing the best school for him/her. It will also allow others to remain updated on the current issues and achievements/successes that are happening at their HBCU. Therefore, the HBCU Twitter Quilt is definitely a go for me.

brittany said...

Brittany H. Hampton University

A twitter quilt seems like a great idea! It's a great way to use technology in order to bring the African American community together. There is nothing more important than helping others that will come after us to make wise and informed decisions. This is a great way to reach out to our future college graduates and world leaders. They need to know the truth about our institutions so that they will choose to carry the torch.

kaletah said...

Kaletah Flowers
Hampton University

I think the HBCU Twitter Quilt is a great idea! HBCUs need to unite sharing their experiences throughout their matriculation process. College is a time of learning, maturing and finding their inner strengths. What better way to give enouragement and helpful guides than through twitter. Social Networks have become the source of connection throughought the world. Why not take advantage and tell of their college journey, to past, present and future students.

tay_nija26 said...

Tatyana Clancy
Hampton University

I believe as if Obama is making the right decision to acknowledging HBCU's today. Sometimes HBCU's are overlooked by many. The HBCU twitter quilts would be a wonderful idea, it would allow people from HBCU's all over to come together and engage in one another. It would also allow everyone to share ideas in some HBCU events.

syiah_ said...
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syiah_ said...

kimannee simon - Hampton University
Attending an HBCU has truly been an excellent decision. We live in a time when many of us have forgotten, or we are uneducated about a part of our nation’s history that is not given much light. By attending an HBCU, you are surrounded by, learning about and become a part of a rich history that is clearly overlooked and in some cases neglected. I have learned of many things, things that crushed my heart and strengthened me, and things that have disappointed me and yet made me proud. It is a privilege to be a part of such an institution, it not only teaches and provides an insight into a past that shaped our present. but it allows you to have a personal connection that defines you.

Monica said...

Monica Parker
Hampton University

The creation of a twitter quilt of HBCU’s would link other existing HBCU'S together to familiarize themselves with some of the occurring events that take place on different campuses. All HBCU'S are not the same although some may think so. They expand the African American culture to those who were not completely aware or need to be reminded of what took place in their ancestry. Barack Obama holding a reception on HBCU’s at the White House portrays the knowledge these universities/colleges give to other races. With twitter being the high rise connection of the adolescent generation, creating a quilt of HBCU’s will form a cyber bond with other universities/colleges nationwide and also keep the African American tradition alive and thriving.

Leonette said...

Leonette St. Cyr
Hampton University

HBCU's have not only contributed to America and African Americans; they have also affected the lives of many people from different cultures and backgrounds. Abroad, countries look up to HBCU's and view them as one of the best places to earn a higher education. Today we can see individuals from Asia, The Caribbean, Africa, and more, on HBCU campuses. HBCU's are known for high standards, and as a result of this, the reputation of HBCU's have traveled abroad leaving a great impression.

cheyenne said...

Cheyenne Johnson
Hampton University

I believe that a twitter quilt would be a great way to tell potential HBCU attendees our stories about being a student at a HBCU. I would love to participate if I had the chance to.

patrice said...

Patrice Francis-Hampton University

I have never been a fan of twitter, until now. A twitter quilt of HBCU's is something that will definitely have a positive effect on many students wondering where they should go to school, and how going to an HBCU will effect their lives. Twitter is a great informal and inexpensive way for many people to connect. I completely support this idea and the possibilities that come with it. For me, coming from a predominantly white highschool and going to an HBCU is a challenge, but its also an invaluable experience as well. By sharing our stories we can begin to create a whole new venue for young people to understand each other and HBCUs.

CBabygurl3392 said...

Sharifa Pratt
Hampton University

A twitter quilt is a very innovative idea. This quilt will connect not only current students of HBCU's, but also professors, faculty, staff, alumni and perspective students. Linking a social network with education will certainly spark interest. Twitter is a place where users share and express their thoughts. A twitter quilt will make it easier for users to connect and share information about their HBCU with other users. I believe a twitter quilt of HBCU's will get many responses.

acechambliss10 said...

Ashley Chambliss
Hampton University

Twitter quilt surprisingly struck me as a good idea. There is a large transition from Facebook to Twitter which now includes trends for followers of all ages. It connects both the African-American youth and adults of America who are all heard through this special social network. Staff, faculty, students and more can all correspond which is an amazing thing. HBCUs are depicted in such negative ways by people who have not had this experience but this can give insight to those who have not been here themselves

cf6f18c6-384f-11e0-94ad-000bcdca4d7a said...

Danielle Lucas~Hampton University

The HBCU Twitter Quilt is a fantastic idea! What a wonderful way to keep all HBCU students and alumni united! It will also be beneficial to those who are curious about the HBCU experience and all it has to offer.

bryant said...

Bryant Cunningham- Hampton University

The HBCU Twitter Quilt is a great way to keep us young teens socially connected and share our thoughts with each other from all across the map. This new trend will bring positive energy to HBCU's all over and attract more students. GET HIP !!!

kakes1990 said...

Kimbalee Clemmons- Hampton University

The idea of an HBCU quilt is an excellent concept of not only connecting African Americans students together but the teachers also. Students are interacting with students through many social networks, like facebook, twitter, skype..., and this way we could share ideas and comments that are occurring between the different schools. And with doing this, we could minimize the HBCU "beef" on whose school is better and all that jazz!

Beatiful_Survivor said...

Amber Battle
Hampton University
A HBCU quilt would be an amazing thing. I believe that no one understands what an HBCU is like but those who have attended onw. It would be nice to also connect with alumni of Hampton and other HBCU's to receive advice on things that I am sure they have already expercienced as a student of a HBCU. I believe we should be able to lean on one another as family and this quilt through twitter would help this be accomplished.

syiah_ said...

kimannee simon - #Hampton University

Attending an HBCU has truly been an excellent decision. We live in a time when many of us have forgotten, or we are uneducated about a part of our nation’s history that is not given much light. By attending an HBCU, you are surrounded by, learning about and become a part of a rich history that is clearly overlooked and in some cases neglected. I have learned of many things, things that crushed my heart and strengthened me, and things that have disappointed me and yet made me proud. It is a privilege to be a part of such an institution as Hampton University. It not only teaches and provides an insight into a past that shaped our present. but it allows you to have a personal connection that defines you.
For me deciding to attend Hampton University was firstly based on the level of education, and secondly the opportunity to be a part of something very unique. Yes there is a lot of history and other significant stuff within HU, but did you know that HU is the only HBCU that has a sailing program "yes sailing". Although sailing is not a part of the NCAA, we do participate againis other teams within the MEAC-all PWIs. with the leadership of a fantastic coach, we are surely heading for great things. So if you want to be a part of something different and also a part of a culture and history that is already running through your veins then Hampton University, my home by the sea, is where you wnant to be.

Jaimi Leah Gray said...

Jaimi Gray
Hampton University

I love my HBCU, Hampton Universit, that is. Hampton University is a great university, and like most HBCUs, we express pride and spirit within our school. Yes, HU can be very strict, but I believe it helps students to pause and realize why they are in school, and that his/her parent' money should not be put to waste.

The idea of choosing a college or university can be a tough choice, so I will give you my opinion. Having attended both a predominately white university and HBCU, I can give my perspective from both sides. Being black, I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at an HBCU. Being at an HBCU provides you with an experience that you can only gain at an HBCU. You will see the pride that these schools exuberate, not only for their schools but for themselves. It feels great to know that black colleges are becoming more than just a mere title, and making a positive name for our people. I also believe that the idea for a "Twitter Quilt" is genius and the involvement in this project needs to be CONTAGIOUS! Spread the Word.

Gordon said...

Gordon Patterson
Hampton University
#HamptonU

Hampton University is more than I could have imagined out of an HBCU; I know this statement sounds cheesy but it's true. The education at this school is outrageously prestigious and the social aspects of this school make you feel like your right at home. Like any school, you meet new people from all around the world, and make lifelong friends; but I feel as though I couldn't get the same connections at any other school. Choosing the right school isn't easy, I myself was faced with the decision to go with a predominately white art institute (Savannah College of Art and Design), or Hampton University (both of my parents attended and graduated in 1980, I am starting a legacy), but I feel as though I made the perfect choice because the networking possibilities are greater, and if you are an African-American, the feeling of being "at home" will encompass you.. Just remember that an HBCU experience is an experience of its own, and you won't find it anywhere else. This twitter quilt is perfect for bringing HBCU schools to the forefront.

Suzy said...

Ramatoulie S. Mohammed
Hampton University
#Hampton U

The sailing team is a good reason to come to Hampton University. In 1994, Hampton University was the first HBCU to have an intercollegiate sailing team. I am currently a member of the Hampton University sailing team, and it has allowed me to have experiences I wouldn't have had otherwise. It is a great feeling to be out on the water on a warm sunny day, and seeing Hampton's beautiful campus from a new perspective, from the water.
Being on the sailing team also allows you to travel. We visit other colleges and universities throughout Virginia and Maryland. The Hampton sailing team has a longstanding tradition of going to the Caribbean for Spring Break, visiting islands such as St. Croix and Antigua. This spring, we are trying to go to Antigua again.

Shelby said...

I think the concept of a Twitter Quilt for HBCUs is great. Twitter is used by people from all different walks of life and all different ages. Things spread fast and inform people quickly. For example, when there's school delays or class cancellation. So I think if it can be used in that matter it can most definitely be used to share experiences with people who dream to attend a HBCU or even alum of HBCU's. Everyone's experience is different, and for those that want to attend an HBCU it opens their eyes to the possibilities of what can happen while they in attendance. A lot of people assume HBCU's in the South operate one way, in all actuality they operate in a completely different manner, from parties, to academics, to runarounds. With the Twitter Quilt it will allow current students to compare stories, as my friends from different HBCU's and I do now. It's kind of fun to discuss things that we think only occur at Hampton, when it really happens in the majority of HBCU's.#hamptonu

brittany said...

Brittany Hammond
Hampton University
#Hampton U

Hampton University is an institution that enables its students to learn about those who have made it possible for individuals across gender and racial boundaries to receive an education at the same institution. It has produced some of the nation's leading physicians, lawyers, social activists, and even educators. Our "Home by the Sea" prepares students for life as it challenges and stretches its students in order to bring out the character, intelligence, and integrity that lies within them. There is no other place like Hampton University and if I had to do it all over again, I would undoubtedly choose this institution.

CBabygurl3392 said...

Sharifa Pratt
Hampton University
#HamptonU

From the moment I applied, I knew Hampton University would make positive changes in my life. Hampton is an HBCU that is in fact very diverse. There are many sports, programs and activities for students to take advantage of. Hampton University is a place where students are involved in events. Some students help out in events, while other students run the entire thing. It is up to the student to make their experience at Hampton a great one. Hampton University has a wide range of majors potential students can choose from. There are also undecided majors here at Hampton University. The traditional "Hampton man" and "Hampton woman" are those who respect others as well as themselves. Graduates of Hampton often tell current students that no matter where you go, people will know you attended the fine institution of Hampton University. Hampton shapes and molds its students into mature, successful adults. There is no university like Hampton University.

Beatiful_Survivor said...

Amber Battle
Hampton University
#Hampton

Originally I applied to Hampton just hoping to go far enough from home that I won't be bothered with issues there, but close enough that if I started to miss home my flight would just be an hour. When I visited Hampton for the first time, like many others, I fell in love with the campus and just its beauty, but I soon realize there was more to Hampton than a beautiful campus. Hampton is an institution that teaches its students how to not only handle academics, but life. Hampton helps develop all of its students, that are willing, into men and women that can succeed at life once they have their diploma in hand and set foot off of the campus. I do not believe that there is any other college that prepares their students for the real world like Hampton does. Yes, it may seem tedious while you are here, but I truly think that it will be all worthwhile in the end.

roogadoo said...

Bruce Danet
Hampton University

Hampton is a great school and been a center of education since it first began. This is evident with such things as the Emancipation Oak which is no only Hampton History, but Black history, and American history. On a more up to date note Hampton has been wonderful for me with an extremely nurturing and accommodating environment. Even now I'm doing an assignment through blogspot how much more accommodating could you be? I feel that through Hampton University I'm being exposed to many cultures not only of this country, but of the world. It also gives me a chance to connect with people of West Indian decent from everywhere, such as myself, which I could not do in high school.

Chelsey_Love said...

Chelsey Coleman
Hampton University
#HamptonU

I love my HIU! My sister and I both attend Hampton University and through the multiple times I had visited here before I started my own tenure, I realized that there was something special about this school. I can remember in seventh grade when I had to write a "where will I in 5 years" letter to myself, I said I would be a student at Hampton University. I am happy that I became that student.
Hampton University is a wonderful institution that prepare its students to become academically, socially and professionally excellent. At Hampton, you will learn to become independent and to work at your highest potential while also learning how to effectively work with others. Hampton matures and prepares you for life post college. Hampton University is a beautiful place and I rather not be anywhere else.

Courtney Smith said...

Courtney Smith
Hampton University

Hampton University is a beautiful university full of rich history. I knew that Hampton was the school for me after my first tour of the campus. The Hampton University college experience is one you could never receive from any other college or university. The Hampton experience isn't just a college experience but a life style. Hampton is a dynamic university of higher education. Our university is a tight knit community of learners and educators. I love Hampton for the diversity, because Hampton's student population represents 49 states and 35 territories. I love my HIU because Hampton has become a part of me, and has taught me tremendous amount about life.

lil country said...

jasmine Harden
Hampton University

Hampton University, formally known as Hampton Institute, is the best place to send a young mind an african american youth to be specific. Hampton helps to foster professional habits and the ettiquette recquired to succeed in life. Although the rules may sound ridiculous they truely are for the best and only facilitate the growth of a person mentally and emotionally. It is also said and strongly believed that you will meet your husband or wife here. Also above having fun the value of developing relationships with others, making life long friends, and establishing networks is undescribable.

pinkkebra said...

Kebra Fray
#hamptonuniversity

Hampton University is one of the best learning institutions out there. Hampton has many great things to offer like there family like family like atmosphere, there beautiful campus, and there great education. I chose hampton beacue I could see my self any where else and as soon as I got here, it felt like home. Hampton has truly become my home by the sea.

Simone said...

Hampton University is a unique experience that I am overjoyed to be a part of. Hampton, which many consider an "HBCU Ivy League" institution, is filled with opportunities that will guarantee students future success. This had been told to me by alumni way before I ever stepped foot on campus, and I never understood what they meant. However, the first week of school when I entered as a freshman, I quickly understood. The first day of orientation, opportunities where thrown at us left and right, and I then realized this is where I want to be. I have only been at Hampton for one semester and I've already jumped into programs that are setting me up for my career, including gaining internship and research opportunities in the field of my major, physics. However, in addition to Hampton being such an environment filled with opportunity, it is spiritually uplifting to me. Everyone here, from the faculty and staff, to your peers and administration, everyone wants you to succeed. I have never before been in a predominantly black environment where so many young people are aspiring to reach their dreams, and actually accomplishing them. Being in this positive and constructive atmosphere is something I personally needed to experience, and I believe everyone should. When you are told, Hampton is "unique" believe it, and when you step foot on the campus, you will truly understand.

ambersheppard said...

Hampton University - Amber Sheppard
Making a Twitter quilt, a place where people can communicate with each other is a great idea. HBCUs are sometimes looked down on and being able to promote the schools in a positive way will change how many people look at the schools. Twitter is a interactive network that people reconnect with people they know and introduce themselves to people they don’t. Each individual that plays a role in a HBCUs can show other people that don’t attend one what a positive place it really is. My wonderful story about why someone should attend a HBCU is that I came to this school because it has alot of African American significance in the school history. Hampton University is a school of legends and to be apart of such a significant place is definitely a pleasure, to me and anyone else wanting to come.

nichol1210 said...

Adrienne Glover #Hampton University
Hampton University is truly a once in a life=time experience that nothing can replace. I never thought I would be the one to attend a HBCU. I must say this is one unique experience that will make me a better person in the end. I believe a twitter quilt is a fantastic idea to keep people connected and help us better communicate.

Monica said...

Monica Parker
Hampton University
#HamptonU

Hampton University is the oldest HBCU in the country being founded in 1868 which delivers history to students who attend. Hampton is known for being the “home by the sea” for the gorgeous view of water near every dorm. Hampton has inspired me to excel in what I do by enriching in my diligence. This is a great school not only for its history, but also for their academics. Hampton is well known for their medical programs such as nursing and also their political science programs. Hampton University is a great choice that will leave you satisfied as you pursue your career.

cheyenne said...

Cheyenne Johnson
Hampton University
#HamptonU

I wanted to go to a HBCU because the history and foundation behind Hampton University is something I wanted to stand for. They were built to teach negros during a time where people felt they didn't need or deserve an education. And through theses colleges and universities negros became successful and came out on top even though everyone was against them. There's a BIG rivalry between Hampton and Howard and that's why I love them both. But Hampton is still better! Yes, Hampton was built after Howard, but we are still the best. I was going to choose to go to Howard, but I decided that going to Hampton would be a better decision for me. I felt as though the environment was safe, healthy and encouraging. I felt as though coming from Hampton University I will be seen as a well rouneded person. I feel as though you should go to a HBCU to feel surrounded by others of your ethinicity to feel confrontable and recieve the BEST education!

Life Learned Lessons said...

Ashlee Owens
Hampton University
#HamptonU

I decided to attend a HBCU because I wanted to keep it in the family. Both of my grandparents along with my parents attended South Carolina State University, so that was clearly a choice for me; however, I was not to thrilled about that particular HBCU, and I wanted to veer off from the family tradition. As far as deciding to come to Hampton University, it was not on my list of choice of schools. I was sent an invitation to attend a Leadership summit here at Hampton University my senior of High School. I have always heard of Hampton University, especially since my grandparents live in Newport News, but I was never interested. The Leadership Summit was definitely what gave Hampton University the spotlight of Universities in my eyes. The campus was indeed beautiful and I the people who I came across that weekend were warm and inviting. I decided to do the on-site admission that weekend and I got accepted. Although Hampton was not my first choice, or even on my list, the engaging events (Conferences, High-School Day) that the university offered me prior to attending were just phenomenal. Not only am I glad that I decided to attend a HBCU, but I am glad that I decided to attend Hampton University, my home by the sea. Being a student at Hampton has definitely transformed me into a well-rounded person, and being around people who are my ethnicity makes me feel comfortable. Hampton University is indeed a wonderful university that offers so much to students and prepares them for their career path of choice.

elinda said...

Elinda Williams
Hampton University
#HamptonU


I believe that a twitter quilt would be an excellent way to get news out to upcoming freshmen who would like to attend an HBCU and also to other people who already attend an HBCU. An idea of a twitter quilt is actually brilliant because you have to look at the social network that we are proposing to make the "quilt" on. Even though i am fairly new to Twitter, now I always find myself tweeting and looking at other tweets. Essentially Twitter is addicting! Any person who is faithful to twitter cannot go a day without looking at their timeline. Also compared to other schools there are not really alot of well known HBCU's so we have to realize that we are a family and we have to keep each other informed and up to date.

Nisey said...

Jenise Hoyte
Hampton University
-The idea of the HBCU quilt is an exceptional idea. When I think of it I think of unity. As much as people have fought to be unified this quilt would should that although all different maybe in many ways and some others few, there is unification by that one thread that is common and that is the facts that all are HBCUs. It is vital to know that when one may feel they are left alone that there is else out there that I just the same and share the same privileges and problems. The HBCU journey is one to experience leaving and accepting trademarks and opportunities.

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Dorian said...

Dorian Harrell
Hampton U student

Twitter becoming a social networking quilt for HBCU's would be culturaly correct, considering the fact alot of our HBCU'S are on a small scale. Like my school Hampton being an example, things on Hampton's campus get around fast by many ways in this technologic age. Twitter furthermore progresses the communication process on Hampton's campus. I love that time of the day when every Hampton student is tweeting busily about the buzz on campus; that to me is a village. Hampton with twitter as an assistant will keep Hampton strongly connected and unified in the social realm.

Shanasia said...

ShaNasia Freeman
Hampton University
#HamptonU

I believe that social networking i.e. Twitter have impacted society in many great ways. Social networking sites give people the option of connecting with the world, and sharing their thoughts or opinion with the world as well. Due to the way technology is depended upon in today's world, what better way than to use technology, or Twitter as a quilt connecting the history of HBCU's past and linking it to the present. Twitter has become a part of the everyday life as a Hamptonian. For instance if you want to know current events at Hampton University twitter will do just that. I feel that prospective college students should look into attending an HBCU because they will gain an experience of a life time: Living the legacy of our ancestors, becoming educated along with making our race, the African America the most powerful, dominant race!

Charles said...

Simply put: attending a HBCU reinforces a time when our community only had one another to learn from and trade/purchase goods n services. From the barber and cleaners to the doctor and lawyer, our community sustained on one another through economic dependency. We were able to sustain ourselves in our 'neighborhoods.' I am thankful to Hampton University for being the hub of intellect, art, and empowerment to our people.

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