Goodman Community Center | Goodman’s 2024 LOFT HBCU trip was memorable

Goodman’s 2024 LOFT HBCU trip was memorable

The tour was not just about academics — it celebrated culture and tradition, and a deep appreciation for Black heritage.

May 15, 2024 |
GCC teens (l-r) Shayla Coleman, Amiyah Hayes, Samiah Buford, Haydon Moseberry, Destiny Harrison, Sakir Kone and Kiara Lillie spent spring break together with Goodman staff.

By Morgan Allen

The Goodman Community Center tour of historically Black colleges and universities was nothing short of extraordinary. During spring break, the high school LOFT team provided seven Black high school students the opportunity to road trip south and tour several HBCUs.

From the moment we set foot on the campuses of Tennessee State, Alabama State, Fisk University and the iconic Morehouse College, each stop on the tour provided a unique glimpse into the legacy of HBCUs. The camaraderie among students, faculty and alums was palpable, reinforcing the sense of community and belonging that these institutions foster. The tour was not just about academics — it celebrated culture and tradition. Whether sampling soul food in Nashville, exploring the bustling streets of Atlanta or delving into the profound history of Montgomery, Alabama, every moment was infused with laughter, learning and a deep appreciation for Black heritage.

One of the highlights of our journey was visiting The Legacy Museum in Montgomery. Through interactive media and powerful exhibits, the museum illustrates the history of racial injustice in the U.S. Connected to the museum is the Freedom Monument Sculpture Park that opened earlier this year. The centerpiece of the park is a 43-foot-tall, 150-foot-long sculpture wall shaped like an open book, inscribed with the chosen surnames of the 4 million Black people emancipated after the Civil War. Our family names on the wall reminded us of the sacrifices and struggles that paved the way for our education and success today. It was a humbling experience that underscored the importance of honoring our past as we strive for a brighter future.

As the weeklong adventure ended, we couldn’t help but feel grateful for the memories we had created and the friendships we forged. Though our tour may have ended, the lessons we learned and the connections we made will stay with us for a lifetime.

Staff eagerly anticipate providing future opportunities to celebrate our pride, heritage and the incredible journey of Black excellence. Until then, we’ll cherish the memories of this unforgettable experience.

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