Morehouse college is a great institution in the heart of Atlanta, GA.  It is a historically black college (HBCU)

Morehouse Man, Joshua Packwood, graduated at the top of his class at Morehouse this month.  He is a very well spoken, clean cut, guy who was accepted to other ivy league institutes(turned down a full scholarship to Columbia University).  Yet he chose to attend the HOUSE.  

He was adopted by a black family in Kansas, the Jones', they basically adopted him and he attended a predominantly black high school.  He says that the one thing he learned about Black people at Morehouse is that there is great diversity in the African American Diaspora.  He cannot say what an African American or a Black Man is because he has many faces, they are all different.  

 

Now, in my opinion, the fact that a white male chose to attend the # 1 HBCU in the country, says that this intstitute is at the level of Ivy League schools if not best overall.  I feel that his graduating as valedictorian says that he was treated equally and given the respect that any black valedictorian has received in the past (By the school, now the media attention was strong because he was the first white valedictorian).  

To me Josh Packwood is a proven point that our society is making progress in regards to race.  But there will always be opinions,

Some feel that Josh has conquered the Highest HBCU and did it while in an environment full of intimidating black men. 

Some feel that this says that the curriculum isn't as rigorous as other higher education institutes because he came through in four years and maintained a 4.0 gpa.

To me he enjoyed the experience at Morehouse, the environment and the institution so much infact that he decided to advise his younger brother to attend the school as well.  

I wish both Joshua and his brother the best of success.

He and my husband have something in common,  

They are both Morehouse Men!!

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Aasiyah
Jun. 2, 2008 at 11:45 PM I think if he was raised by black people.. then he is comfortable around them.. in his white skin..and once blacks know this..they are comfortable with him in his white skin but Black mindset im sure his parents in stilled in him...

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sienna40
Jun. 3, 2008 at 10:01 AM Doesn't really seam that way.  But it's possible.  I have a white grandmother and she married a black man but all her friends are white, and you would think that when my granpa died she'd keep in touch with all the family but she only talks to one person from our family now.  And it's not me.  So It's very possible for him to be around black people all his life and not want to associate with them.  Shoot, theres many black people who prefer to go to predominantly white colleges for that very reason as well.  so I guess it's more than the skin your in.lol.

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Aasiyah
Jun. 3, 2008 at 10:58 AM Yes i think it has to do with the mindset.. how u percieve it.. i was raised in a predujudice family..my first best freinds were all black.. 6 girls...  my first kiss was a black boy, my first boyfriend was a black man.. my first husband black,  (all from america)and my current husband  is Haitian.  I'm perfectly comfortable with black people.. and more hesitant around my own.

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Aasiyah
Jun. 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM forgot to mention.. they think they aren't black (puerto ricans) but we are.. bloodlines run long and deep even if many want to deny it.  I think that's why hilary won the puerorican primary vote because she's white.. and they think they are not white..(well many of them not all) as proof from me.

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Aasiyah
Jun. 3, 2008 at 11:01 AM i meant to say they think they are not black

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sienna40
Jun. 3, 2008 at 4:27 PM thats an interesting take on the election in PR.  I thought they identified with Blacks mostly, guess i was wrong.  lol.  But yeah it's mindset.

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