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The HBCU Brand – Showcased: Dallas Style

By Andrew Whigham, III

Miss Grambling State University and her Court
Miss Grambling State University and her Court

Our Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have educated and entertained millions over the years.  With the COVID pandemic suppressing our lifestyles for the past two years, even with our masks on at the Cotton Bowl it was like a breath of fresh air.  

Last Saturday was no exception for those who attended the State Fair Classic Football Game in Dallas, TX.  

Miss Prairie View A&M University and her Court
Miss Prairie View A&M University and her Court

I referenced the game as “The Cat Fight in Dallas.”  

The game featured the Grambling State University Tigers and the Prairie View A& M University Panthers in their annual gridiron showdown.

If you ever attended an HBCU game in the past, you would understand the venue, pageantry, and competitions both on the field, as well as in the stands.  

HBCU Leadership: Student Government Association (SGA) Presidents: GSU -  Adarian Williams,  FAMU - Carrington Whigham and PVAMU - Marquinn Booker
HBCU Leadership: Student Government Association (SGA) Presidents: GSU – Adarian Williams, FAMU – Carrington Whigham and PVAMU – Marquinn Booker

We got it all in one day.  Old friends meeting new friends and families coming together actually feeling more like a family reunion. Both marching bands entertained the crowd with precision and musicianship when it was their time to shine.  

The University Queens: Miss GSU – Faith Daniels and Miss PVAMU – Z’Nae Michelle Mangum and their Royal Court members, Student Government Association (SGA) Presidents: GSU –  Adarian Williams and PVAMU – Marquinn Booker and their staffs exchanged pleasantries with their counterparts.

In attendance, I spotted the SGA President of  Florida A&M University – Carrington Whigham exchanging greetings with her colleagues.  Oftentimes people think that HBCUs have no purpose.  I beg to differ with that thought and/or statement.  HBCUs will continue to train, shape and motivate people throughout this world.  That’s what happened at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday.  

By the way, the Panthers defeated the Tigers for the fourth consecutive meeting 24-10.  Both teams and their following represented their institutions extremely well.  

Can’t wait til next year!!!!

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