Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Letters to the Editor

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Letters to the Editor

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Successful Examples of Student Athletes at Alcorn State

Dear Editor:

I read with great interest the edition with the story about James Brooks (see Black Issues, Jan. 6). At Alcorn State University, we have instituted an effective program called Athletes as Scholars to prevent this sort of tragedy.

Further, the most recent (1999) NCAA Division I Graduation Rates Report shows Alcorn State with a 55-percent rate for its athletes. This is one of the highest among all universities for Black athletes.

We are proud of Alcorn State's professional football players with degrees: 1994 Chicago Bears first-round draft pick John Thierry (B.S., pre-med), 1995 Tennessee Titans first-round draft pick Steve McNair (B.A.) and 1999 Green Bay Packers seventh-round draft pick Donald Driver (B.S.).

Also, for two consecutive years, Alcorn State has received the $10,000 Burger King athletic scholarship -- in 1998 for senior quarterback Marcus Taylor. (3.0 GPA in computer science) and in 1999 for senior running back Rodney Thomas (3.5 GPA in pre-med).

Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. President, Alcorn State University Lorman, Miss.

Night and Day, HBCUs Are the One

Dear Editor:

Thank you for the "As Different as Day and Night" article about Missouri's Lincoln University (Jan. 6, 2000). As a Fisk Alumni, a former employee of St. Louis' Harris-Stowe State College and a native of Dayton, Ohio, I have been exposed to many facets of the "HBCU experience. …

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