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Kudos to Black athletes supporting HBCUs

by PRIDE Newsdesk

William T. Robinson, Jr.

One of the latest Black, top-ranked athletes to commit to an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) is 16-year-old elite gymnast Morgan Price. She unapologetically is committing to the first HBCU intercollegiate women’s gymnastics program at Fisk University. Price is a stellar gymnast based in the Dallas/Forth Worth Metropolis. Price is committing to Fisk, as it launches the first HBCU Intercollegiate Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team.

Morgan is a trailblazer leading the way for more talented young females of color to consider an HBCU. She took advantage of the opportunity to commit to the first Women’s Gymnastic program established at an HBCU, forgoing the commitment she formerly made to the University of Arkansas.

Fisk’s intercollegiate women’s gymnastics team will start in the fall at Fisk University, which already has an influx of young talented Black female gymnasts signed—with many waiting to come aboard. Another standout Black gymnast, Hailey Clark from Central Florida, has also committed to Fisk’s intercollegiate women’s gymnastics team.

As an African American, I am beyond proud and ecstatic at the commitment of many top young Black athletes to attend HBCUs. It is like coming home after a long hiatus. The hyperbole and rhetoric that predominately White universities are superior to HBCUs have been challenged and found to be fallacious by many conscientious, intelligent Black youth cognizant of our history and greatness as a people. They refuse to buy into the racist hype of Black institutions being inferior.

The only advantage that some of these top PWIs (Predominantly White Universities) have is more economic resources to provide state of the art accommodations and the advantage of more national athletic media exposure. But this is changing, thanks to Deion Sanders, the head football coach at Jackson State University. Sanders has been able to recruit top Black national football athletes such as Travis Hunter, and he has also called attention to the disparity of TV exposure between PWIs and HBCUs and the need for more national attention given to athletes at HBCUs.

The days of the Power Five conferences (five athletic conferences considered to be the elite in college football in this country) financially profiting and taking advantage of talented African American athletes is being revisited by Black athletes who are reevaluating their choices and considering bringing attention and financial gain to HBCUs and the Black community. You can look at the negative fallout from PWIs because this exodus will affect their financial standing in the outcome.

Do not deceive yourself. This is not about the money and talent that will be afforded to HBCUs and the Black community. The Power Five Conference (and some of these PWIs) have been able to capitalize off millions of dollars because of Black talent enabling these schools to achieve national championships. It is astounding.

Basketball heavyweight universities such as Kentucky, North Carolina, and Duke are not the only choices for top-rated Black athletes. Now they can consider the likes of HBCUs like Howard, Hampton, and North Carolina A&T. Makur Maker, the highest basketball standout at the time, committed to Howard. This was monumental. He stated that we, as Blacks, have to make a stand, lead, and better our community.

Top-rated, Black high school athletes are now noting the attention, financial incentive and cultural significance HBCUs have to offer. This is an option gaining ground. Call it what you want, but I call it our Black students ‘waking up’ or ‘coming home.’ Thank you, young trailblazers, for inspiring young people of color and coming home. You do us proud.

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