Storm-Torn Campuses A Final Memory For Some HBCU Graduates

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RALEIGH, NC — Kristen Brown,  a Shaw University senior witnessed her campus being destroyed by a tornado just less than two weeks before graduation,  and shared her traumatic story with  My 927 Charlotte, a Radio One station in North Carolina.

View pictures of Shaw University damage.


Walking around main campus seeing our student union, the dorms, and trees uprooted laying there had all of us in disbelief. My school that I take so much pride in was torn apart. I can’t come up with words on how seeing my school in this condition made me feel. At the time I knew I had to be strong for my sisters and others. Some of my sisters have never experienced a tornado so being there for them was my main priority. While walking through campus I made sure friends and classmates were okay, and they had a place to stay because I knew none of us could return to the dorms. Seeing everybody walk around with their things looking at damages reminded me of a movie or something on television, I never thought this would be my reality.

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