When I was in college, the two events you HAD to attend were the defunct Freaknik in Atlanta and Howard’s Homecoming in D.C. These were mandatory events as a black college student. I’d been hearing about both of these events since I was a senior in high school. These were like the meccas for black college students. I must admit, I never made it to Freaknik, but I have taken part in Howard’s Homecoming celebrations. Now for the record, I did not attend Howard or any HBCU. So I had “ homecoming envy” because the events were so much fun. I mean, how could you not beam with pride when your school received a shot out from the Notorious B.I.G., the biggest rapper during my college years! :-)
I love homecoming for the excitement, joyous energy and pride. However, to me, homecoming ultimately means honoring my humble beginnings. The opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments, challenges and lessons that helped mold me into the person I am today. To come home to reconcile or “to make right” with family, friends or myself in order to start fresh and embrace the future. Homecoming means being proud, and never ashamed, of who you are and where you come from. So always take time to honor and celebrate your past. You can do this at homecomings, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries. Or simply light a candle, hang a picture or journal. Just live a life to be remembered by your family and friends.
And for those who want to join the HU celebration, here is a list of events.
Also, be on the look out for ThatKellieGirl tonight on Soul Conversations on WPFW, 89.3FM. I am partnering with Words, Beat and Life to host the Boo Bash Costume Party on October 29th to raise money for their scholarship fund. So we will be talking about our efforts. Please check me out tonight on Soul Conversations at 11PM.
Have a great weekend!
Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl