‘I Went to a PWI, So My Experiences Now as an Adult, I See the Value’: Deion Sanders and Other Celebs Speak Out About the Benefits of HBCUs During Inaugural Big Homecoming Festival at Clark Atlanta University


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Historically Black Colleges and universities are seeing a surge in enrollment, and The Big Homecoming kickstarting at Atlanta’s Clark University is the beginning of a year-long push to spotlight Black excellence.“Uplift our children and build a better future for everyone. Make sure you go to an HBCU and enjoy the rest of the Big Homecoming,” said KJ Smith, actress and FAMU graduate before an auditorium of students and parents interested in HBCUs. Actress KJ Smith, known for popular roles on shows like Tyler Perry’s “Sistas,” is also a graduate of Florida A&M University. She, alongside well-known radio and television personality Big Tigger and former NFL and MLB player and current head coach of Jackson State University Deion Sanders, all highlighted the value of HBCUs at the kickoff of “The Big Homecoming” festival at Clark Atlanta University on June 17.“Use what God gave you, go to source, because that is going to give you the direction, the passion, the enthusiasm the success that you’re looking for,” Smith said.The festival, organized by Grammy Award-winning record entertainment executive Amir Windom and music executive Maurice Slade, is a two-day event designed to capture the energy and creativity of HBCU homecoming celebrations, but during the...