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MY TRUTH: People get ready!

Talk about having a funky good time!

Last week I attended the inaugural Arlington Showdown, where the Southern Jaguars and the Texas Southern Tigers took to the Gridiron. I just love it when I see folks out supporting HBCUs be- cause I love all HBCUs.

It was great talking with the new president of TSU, Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young, along with alumni and friends from TSU and the Thurgood Mar- shall Law School.

Then about around the third quarter of the game, I went over to see what Southern University fans were up to.

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Everyone knows that Southern University has one of the strongest fan bases of HBCUs and they didn’t disappoint us.

Which brings me to my truth.

While I really didn’t have a cat in that fight (pun intended); I did have a preference. I felt the Southern University fans deserved to take a victory home back to Louisiana, because they really showed love by showing up and supporting their school, regardless of the outcome — Southern fans are present and accounted for!

I am sure that TSU had alums and supporters to come from across the country just like Southern did, but I tell you, Southern folks came strong — they deserved a win.

Some might say that the last call was debatable; however, that game is Black History.

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I have a few tips for alums who are not supporting their schools. And yes there are more ways to support than attending a football game; however, support is support.

HBCU alums (and especially those within a 300 mile radius of the State Fair and Arlington Showdown Classics)

  • Start saving two dollars a week — then you can buy tickets for two to least one game (anything over, donate it, or put toward your alumni dues
  • Even if you only attended one semester, join the alumni association
  • If you feel compelled to ask for donated tickets, make an outright donation to the school
  • If you can, buy tickets for some high school students
  • Get your company/corporation to sign on as a corporate sponsor
  • When you purchase tickets from Williams Chicken, at least get a two piece and a pepper or some corn fritters
  • Support the vendors who purchase booths and travel annually to these classics
  • Attend the games even if your teams are not playing!
  • Support Black-owned businesses
  • Support those businesses that support HBCUs
  • Call out the hotels and businesses that practice price gouging

And

Go out, have a good time, be safe and start the process all over again!

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