Don't let anyone diminish you
You have birthed a nation of educated black men and women
Men and women who are dignified
Glorified all over the world
You've encouraged self-love
Given those who love you undeniable pride
HBCUs aren't ranked they say
HBCUs can't compete they say
HBCUs are no longer needed they say
In reply you can say
But I've given you the greats Oprah, Jerry Rice, Taraji P Henson, Toni Morrison, Samuel L Jackson, Will Packer, Anika Noni Rose
Even Martin Luther King Jr.
Without me who would they be?
By one of your beloved children, J. Nichole, FAMU Grad 2007