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Michael Jackson Received An Honorary Doctorate From This HBCU In 1988…

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Did you know that “The King of Pop” had an honorary degree from an HBCU?

It is true, in 1988 Michael Jackson was given an honorary doctor of humane letters from Nashville’s very own HBCU, Fisk University.

According to a 1988 article in JET Magazine about the event where Jackson was given the degree, Jackson had received a lot of criticism for his Victory Tour because of its high ticket prices and the argument that it was not putting money back into the Black community. In order to silence the critics, according to the JET article, he established The Michael Jackson Scholarships with The United Negro College Fund, “an umbrella organization for 42 private, historically Black institutions of learning,” with a large portion of money that he earned from the his tours.

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To honor Jackson for his $600,000 donation to HBCU students, the United Negro College Fund awarded him during their 44th annual gala with their top honor, the Fredrick D. Patterson Award. Celebrities including Spike Lee, Quincy Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli were all in attendance and to make things even better, Whitney Houston sang the Black National Anthem, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.

At the end of the event, Fisk University’s President, Dr. Henry Ponder presented Jackson an honorary degree. Among Jackson’s remarks, JET Magazine quotes him stating, “To want to learn, to have the capacity to learn and not be able to is a tragedy. I am honored to be associated with an evening that says this will never happen. Thank you, I love you all.”

President Ronald Reagan even sent Jackson a congratulations via pre-recorded tape stating:

“Michael, I’m sorry that Nancy and I could not be with you for this very special day, but I want to congratulate you for the honors you are receiving tonight from the United Negro College Fund and the honorary degree awarded you by Fisk University. Let me be the first to call you the new Dr. “J.”

Check out some pictures from the event below:

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40-Minutes Of Old School Iota Phi Theta Songs That Will Make Your Day

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Time for the sweet sound of old school Iota songs.

Whether you are a new member of a seasoned brother in the bond, the following gallery of songs will soothe your soul.

Click on the arrows below to take a listen. Make sure to check out the video at the end, it includes a lot of old school songs that you may never have heard.

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Check Out These Pictures Of Cedric The Entertainer As A College Student Repping Kappa Alpha Psi In The 80s!

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You probably already knew that Cedric The Entertainer is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, but have you ever seen pictures of him as an undergrad repping the Krimson and Kreme?

We at WatchTheYard.com have obtained a photo of Cedric from back in his college days in the 80s throwing up the YO.

Ced pledged Kappa at Southeast Missouri State University in the 1984 but the picture we have of him was taken with fellow Nupes at Michigan State University.

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Check out These Vintage Photos of HBCU Women’s Sports Teams From the Early 1900s

Time for another blast from the past!

This time we have collected a list of HBCU women’s sports teams and athletic groups from the early 1900s.

Enjoy!

The women’s rifle team, Howard University, Washington DC, 1937.

Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

FAMU Students and instructors with tennis equipment. Tallahassee, Florida. 1915.

TILLOTSON COLLEGE: Women’s Basketball Team

Samuel Huston women’s basketball team.

Lifesaving practice at Howard University

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