I mentioned in a previous post that I am a proud graduate of an illustrious HBCU, but I didn’t name it. Well it’s Black History Month and I got my alumni newsletter in the mail today and my pride bubbleth over.
I am an alumnus of the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University!!! AGGIE PRIDE!!!! (Whoo! That takes a lot out of you when you do it right lol)
I am so extremely proud of my university. It was established in the basement of Shaw University in 1891. It would go on to give us the “Greensboro Four” (really the A&T Four) who were famous for their nonviolent protest of sitting in at the Woolworth’s counter in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960.
Ronald McNair, first African American astronaut, was an Aggie. And though he made the ultimate sacrifice on the Challenger on January 26, 1986, he forged an indelible bond between the university and NASA that continues to this very day.
And on the cover of the alumni newsletter there was the First Lady of the United States, newly robed and mid-speech. She gave the commencement address for the Spring 2012 graduation. She was also given an honorary doctorate from A&T making her an Aggie for life!
But it’s not the glorious achievements that my alma mater boasts that make me so proud to call myself an Aggie. It’s all the Aggies I know who are out in the world kicking down doors, obliterating barriers and creating their own opportunities that make me proud to say I am one of them! Aggies dont understand No! Aggies know no wait! And Aggies know what they can achieve when they call on the Aggie infantry. When we yell “AGGIE PRIDE” it is not a mere spirit chant, its a battle cry. Its a rallying call that tells us to gear up and get ready; for the fight is not over.
So on this Black History Month 2013 I celebrate my alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. The legacy its created, its present growth and its continued and future success!
Wanna learn more about NC A&T? Visit them here.