White House Initiative Names HBCU ‘All-Stars’

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities today revealed its list of 75 student ‘all-stars.’

According to a release, the students were selected from 62 two-year and four-year HBCU campuses from a pool of more than 400 applicants, and chosen based on academic excellence and civic engagement in their campus communities.

“Engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society is crucial to the success of our community, our country and our global competitiveness,” said George Cooper, executive director of the WHIHBCUs.  “It is a privilege to announce these 75 students who have demonstrated a commitment to both their own academic achievement and making a difference in their communities, and we look forward to working with them as partners in advancing President Obama’s college completion goal.”

The 75 undergraduate and graduate students will serve as ambassadors for the WHI-HBCU, and will work with WHI leadership to create networking opportunities with professionals in a variety of industries.

The ‘All-Star’ list:


Huntsville–Sharesse Mason –attends Alabama A&M University, Normal

Mobile–Justin Wells –attends Bishop State Community College, Mobile, AL

Aliceville–Keiwan Harris –attends Concordia College Alabama, Selma, AL

Tuscaloosa–Morgan Curry –attends Shelton State Community College, Tuscaloosa, AL

Tuscaloosa–Jeraun Pouge –attends Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL

Talladega–Chuck Stewart –attends Talladega College, Talladega, AL

Tuskegee—Kalauna Carter –attends Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL


Little Rock–Chelsea Fox –attends Philander Smith, Little Rock, AR


Los Angeles–Nicole Tinson –attends Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Fresno–Arogeanae Brown –attends Virginia State University, Petersbury, Virginia


Tyrone Hankerson –attends Howard University, District of Columbia

-Jocelyn Cole –attends Howard University, District of Columbia

-LaTrice Clayburn –attends Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC

Abdul Nurriddin –attends University of the District of Columbia Community College, District of Columbia


Daytona–Shantel Braynen –attends Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL

Tallahassee–Jamil McGinnis –attends Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee–Jazmyne Simmons –attends Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Miami–Jonte Myers –attends Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL

Orlando–Vivian Nweze –attends Howard University, District of Columbia


Riverdale–Kelcey Wright –attends Albany State University, Albany, GA

Atlanta–Lillian Harris –attends Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA

Rex–Elijah Porter –attends Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA

Atlanta–Cameron Weathers –attends Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta–David Johnny –attends Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta–Sarah Dillard –attends Savannah State University, Savannah, GA

Albany–Bria Carrithers –attends Spelman College, Atlanta, GA


Frankfort–Chaundra Bush –attends Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY


Grambling–Breonna Ward –attends Grambling State University, Grambling, LA

Ruston–Brooke Battiste –attends Grambling State University, Grambling, LA

Zachary–Robert Chambers –attends Southern University A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA


Accokeek–Symone Jordan –attends Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

Fort Washington–Kayla Reynolds –attends Delaware State University, Dover, DE

Baltimore–Triston Bing-Young –attends Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Fort Washington–Trevor McKie –attends Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Silver Spring–Chanel Banks –attends University Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

Princess Anne–So Jin Park –attends University Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD


Brookhaven–Lawrence Warren –attends Alcorn State University, Alcorn, MS

Jackson–Candace Chambers –attends Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

Itta Bena–Rodney Rice –attends Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, MS

Holly Springs–Larrance Carter –attends Rust College, Holly Springs, MS

Bolton–Kisa Harris –attends Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS


Greensboro–Jasmine Everett –attends Bennett College, Greensboro, NC

Raleigh–Victoria Jones –attends North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

Whiteville–Valerie Edwards –attends Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC

Gates–Amanda Eure –attends Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC

Charlotte–Jheanelle Linton –attends Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC

Greensboro–Shakera Fudge –attends North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University, Greensboro

Greensboro–Leon White –attends North Carolina Agricultural &Technical State University, Greensboro

Knightdale–Joseph Wyatt –attends St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, NC

Winston-Salem–Georges Guillame –attends Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC


Newark–Akirah Crawford –attends Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA


Ardmore–Beautiful- Joy Fields –attends Langston University, Langston, OK


Chester–Ahn-yea Graham –attends Cheyney University of PA, Cheyney, PA


Leesville–Rodrea Zeigler –attends Allen University, Columbia, SC

Orangeburg–Jessica Mong –attends Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC

Lynchburg–Refugio Banuelos –attends Morris College, Sumter, SC

Orangeburg–Harold Rickenbacker –attends South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC

Orangeburg–Jasmine Harris –attends South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC


Nashville–Ciera Carter –attends Fisk University, Nashville, TN

Jackson–Stephanie Phillips –attends Lane College, Jackson, TN

Memphis–Gilbert Carter –attends LeMoyne- Owen College, Memphis, TN

Nashville–Ciera Scales –attends Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Nashville–Jeremiah Cooper –attends Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN

Jackson–Aneesa Sood –attends Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL


Houston–Antoine Southern –attends Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL

Dallas–Priscilla Barbour –attends Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

Cedar Hill–Glenn Johnson –attends Texas College, Tyler, TX

Houston–Jarrauri Curry –attends Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Houston–Candace Jones –attends Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Garland–Jade Crutch –attends Xavier University, New Orleans, LA


Suffolk–Chanae LeGrier –attends Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC

Dendron–Whitney Johnson –attends Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Richmond–Caprichia Moses –attends Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA


Christiansted–Shereena Cannonier –attends Lincoln University PA, Lincoln, PA

Christiansted–Kevin Dixon –attends University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI

  • Gil Carter

    Good afternoon Michael. My name is Gil Carter and I am one of the 75 students who were chosen to serve as ambassadors for our schools through the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I proudly attend The LeMoyne-Owen College here in Memphis. I can say that I was chosen due to having sincere and visible civic engagement and personal community service here in Memphis. It is apparent that you do not know that this Initiative did not have its genesis at the beginning of the Obama administration. It was created during the Carter Administration and an Executive Order was given by President Obama to have the Initiative re-instated.
    I need to suggest that you do not base everything on policies or political affiliation. I live in a state (…Tennessee…) that has a Republican-dominated state legislature and a Republican governor who I do not support in general. He (…Governor Bill Haslam…) is however trying to have a bill passed in the state legislature that would provide free college tuition for first-time / traditional and returning students at community colleges, trade, technology, and vocational schools all across our state. Do you know that there are some DEMOCRATS who are in opposition to this bill? So the door swings both ways at times. My point is this. I think that it is rather short-sighted of you to say that you are almost certain that the overwhelming majority of us who were selected to be All-Stars through the Initiative are “die-hard” Democrats. Common sense, critical thinking, and (…strong…) leadership ability have never been based on a political party affiliation.
    And I am not a Democrat by the way.
    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • Michael

      Re: Gil,

      I appreciate your intellectual honesty in reference to my initial commentary. It’s quite apparent that you have a rudimentary grasp of how “high level” politics work. You are there’s a tier in every aspect of one’s life no matter if its a domestic or foreign policy issue. Case in point, in the state of Tennessee, LeMoyne-Owen College is situated on the lower end of the curve compared to intellectual rigor to its peer institutions.
      You’re probably a proud conservative Republican (e.g., ideologically speaking) who would never publicly critique any of those political racist (e.g., Pat Robertson, Newton “Newt” Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Allen West, Scott Brown, Eric Cantor, Lamar Alexander, or Bob Corker, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, etc. and their very flawed domestic and foreign policies. For most Blacks who have belong to the Republican Party for the following reasons: 1) the line for political accoutrements is shorter as compared to the Democratic Party, 2) to be accepted and validated by the larger White community as if you’re “something different than the other Blacks”, or 3) have an affinity to either date or marry White women or men, and 4) live in an area that’s majority White and deeply enamored with Eurocentric social mores.
      Regarding the history of HBCU Initiative, I am fully aware of its history and will say that you merely regurgitating political talking point. I would suggest that you visit your campus library and study the history why this initiative was created. In other words, you need to be grounded in political science, history, and foreign policy to fully understand. Back to the Obama Administration and the HBCU Initiative, this is done as a political tactic to placate the Black public mass to make it facially appear the he’s actually doing something for his most loyal constituency, Blacks. You are aware the Executive Orders are meaningless unless they have adequate funding, decision making and enforcement authority(The HBCU Initiative have non of these). Finally, I would suggest that you revisit my initial comment to fully grasp the totality of my points and definitely take heed to my book suggestion.
      In close,

  • Michael

    This article is another example of the corporatist, globalist, and war criminal President Obama attempt to make it appear that he’s concerned about HBCUs. This paper tiger initiative has been a literal failure since President Obama placed his disingenuous hands anywhere near HBCUs. For those who dissent, you need to revisit Obama’s dereliction of administrative duty to appoint an executive director in a timely manner. These so-called HBCU Presidents and Chancellors finally realize that Obama’s federal student loan polices (e.g., PLUS Loan) has dutifully harmed HBCUs.
    As a result, thousands of Black college students were not able to attend school because they weren’t able to secure federal government back student loan due to an increase in its “credit worthiness” threshold. Even more insulting, the HIGHLY UNQUALIFIED Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would spew more of his empty apologies for such policies. Yet, the Black community was still silence and failed to hold this visually so-called Black President accountable.
    I am most certain that the overwhelmingly majority of these students are diehard Democrats who literally agree with all of POTUS’s domestic and foreign policies. Better yet, that probably was one of the main requirements in order to be selected to participate. This initiative is right from the playbook of Edward Bernay’s Public Opinion and Propaganda (1928) and History as a Weapon (1928). For those not familiar with this body of work, you’re behind the intellectual curve.