One of the most anticipated times in the HBCU community happens every fall, HBCU homecoming season! HBCU Homecoming is more than just a weekend event; it is a family reunion and a time where alumni return to their alma maters to reconnect with old friends, faculty, and the indomitable spirit of their respective institutions. It’s a celebration of achievement, a showcase of talent, and a testament to the enduring legacy of HBCUs. Last week on our Historically Black Since Fall 2023 homecoming tour, we headed to the home of the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee, AL to hit the campus of Tuskegee University. Founded on July 4, 1881, and initially headed by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee is a private land-grant University that is known for its prestigious and historical status.
Here are a few things you should know about the University:
-Tuskegee University was the first HBCU to be designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark
-Number one producer of African-American aerospace science engineers in the nation
-The only HBCU with a fully accredited College of Veterinary Medicine that offers the Doctoral Degree
-Producer of the first Black four-star general: Daniel “Chappie” James.
(Source- the official Tuskegee University website)
Mascot– The athletic teams are known as the Golden Tigers
A few notable alum include:
Keenen Ivory Wayans
General Daniel James Jr.
Lonnie Johnson – creator of the Super Soaker water gun
Checkout our recap video from Tuskegee University homecoming below: