Should You Be A Student-Athlete at an HBCU?

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 Youtube Channel, MiKayla the Amazon, posts a video on why student athletes should take their talents to an HBCU. MiKayla lists off reasons why an HBCU is the right choice, one reason being the lively atmosphere. She goes on to talk about the community closeness at these universities and how it is simply something that is not found at a predominantly white institution as a collective.

Additionally, she mentions the immense amount of love everyone at HBCU’s have for athletes and how it is shown on and off campus. Lastly, she states how the connections and opportunities that can be made at an HBCU are endless. MiKayla’s reasonings and knowledge of the HBCU life comes from her own experience as a volleyball player at Jackson State University.

Jackson State University is a public HBCU located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. It is currently the sixth largest HBCU in the United States following Prairie View A&M University. Their athletic teams also known as the navy blue and white Tigers, are members of the Division I FCS in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). JSU is well-known for their marching band, the Sonic Boom of the South, originally founded as the Jackson State University Marching Band in the 1940s.

Joining alongside the infamous band are the Prancing J-Settes, the collegiate women’s danceline of Jackson State University. J-Setting is lead and follow dance style, where one dancer performs a sequence of energetic dance moves and the rest of the dancers follow shortly after. This style of dance can be seen in Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) and “Diva” music videos.



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