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Ready to make history?

Here are some thoughts from HBCU Alumnae who have changed the world.


“Now is our time to change the world.”

Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (aka “Common,” and formerly “Common Sense) attended Florida A&M University earning a degree business administration.

Toni Morrison

“I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge – even wisdom. Like art.”

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize-winning author of esteemed classics as Song of Solomon and Beloved graduated from Howard University with a degree in English in 1953.

Samuel L. Jackson

“Take a stand for what’s right. Raise a ruckus and make a change. You may not always be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and bigger and greater than yourself. Besides, making history is extremely cool.”

Samuel L. Jackson was originally a marine biology major at Morehouse College before switching his focus to acting.

Spike Lee

“While I believe in destiny. But I also believe that you can’t just sit back and let destiny happen. A lot of times, an opportunity might fall into your lap, but you have to be ready for that opportunity. You can’t sit there waiting on it. A lot of times you are going to have to get out there and make it happen.”

Shelton “Spike” Lee got his BA in Mass Communications from Morehouse in 1979, where he also lensed his first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn.