HBCU Homecomings are an annual time filled with lifetime memories of friendship, fun and for those lucky few, love. This was the case for Frank and La Keisha Johnson, who met on the HBCU campus of Johnson C. Smith University during homecoming in 2007. Although they didn’t cross paths again until about a year and a half later at a church, their story was fated from the start. LaKeisha recalls that upon first meeting, Frank walked up to her at homecoming and asked “what is your five year plan,” and later stated that she would be with him.
Together, the husband and wife duo formed the HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation 501c3 in 2018, which was created to to provide financial support for HBCU institutions and students. Through the HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation, the Johnsons have created the HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest & Battle of The Bands and Fan Festival, with the next event taking place in Atlanta during the weekend of January 13-15 2023.
The inspiration for the foundation came from Mr. Johnson, who during his last year of college, made the decision to drop out after his father became ill. He was also ineligible for financial aid since his father paid for his tuition, which led to him not being able to complete his degree. We had the chance to speak with Frank and La Keisha Johnson to learn more about their HBCU experience and what the HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation is all about.
Watch the full interview below here:
Interviewed by Darryl “DC” Chambers