Whether it was family legacy or the story of a bunch of eclectic kids from Hillman that influenced you to attend a Historically Black College or University, the experience like any college career is one to remember.
On Tuesday, actor and E! News anchor Terrance J discussed his HBCU experience and what it means to Black millennials with the discussion, “My Life, My Story, #MyUntold” Town Hall in Atlanta, Ga.
In partnership with Wells Fargo, the actor traveled to ATL’s University Center Consortium (AUCC) to share his story about his college career at North Carolina A&T and encourage students to share their stories about their HBCU journey. The creative #MyUntold campaign by Wells Fargo is an interactive project that allows African-Americans to candidly discuss their careers and how they persevered through their biggest hardships.
With the help Terrence J, the company shifts the conversation towards one of the most influential groups in America today–Black millennials.
The millennial voice has proven to be stronger than ever. From social activism to political and community influence, Black millennials are helping to change the perspective of the Black experience. A recent report from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education revealed an increase in enrollment at HBCU’s all over the country. Increases in LGBT groups and courses offered on campus were also acknowledged. In 2011, Spellman College became a leader in discussing LGBT issues while Morehouse College offered their first LGBT-based course in 2013.
The actor says his college experience placed him on the path to independence and explained Wells Fargo’s initiative in expressing the art of storytelling for HBCU students.
“Wells Fargo’s #MyUntold campaign is valuable because it provides an important vantage point of the community that extends one-dimensional storytelling,” says Jenkins. “It’s my hope that coming out of this event students will be inspired to become the official storytellers of their community.”
After the event, students came together for a #MyUntold themed Instameet. The Instameet allowed students to bond over their love for their respective HBCU’s and favorite landmarks.
Richard Shropshire, Vice President of Communications and Marketing, UNCF, explained their role in the campaign.
“Since #MyUntold launched, UNCF has been a strong supporter of the campaign,” says Shropshire. “This platform aligns with our ongoing relationship with Wells Fargo that includes longstanding support of the UNCF Empower MeTour and UNCF Evening of Stars, engagement platforms which empower the African-American community to aspire to higher education.”
Find out more information about Wells Fargo’s #MyUntold campaign here.
SOURCE: GSE UPenn | PHOTO CREDIT: Melody R. Thuston
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