Staying true to her passion, Griffith went on to study marine sciences at Hampton University. After earning her undergraduate degree, she advanced her education at UNC, becoming the first Black student to be accepted into the school’s marine sciences program, which has been in existence for 50 years.
Freeman chose Lincoln University because it was closer to home and it gave him an academic scholarship. He was also drawn to the HBCU’s record of famous graduates like poet Langston Hughes and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
When he accepted the job as the head coach at Jackson State in 2020, the Pro Football Hall of Famer vowed to bring well-deserved attention to HBCU athletic programs.
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