HL 043: Deon Rhode’s Quest to See Every HBCU in the Nation
It started with a visit to Howard and has resulted in a transfer to Claflin University. In November 2016, HBCU Lifestyle caught up with Deon Rhode after he decided to begin a tour to visit every HBCU in America. All of this, after he visited Howard University aka “The Mecca” to see the Greek plot of the Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity of which he is a member.
We invited Deon to follow up with us on the HBCU Lifestyle Podcast to talk about his first few visits and future visits to HBCUs. He shares accounts of meeting colorful HBCU staff and alumni, being regaled with campus history, and even entertaining encounters with campus security. Most importantly, Deon talks about debunking HBCU myths and his hopes for the future of HBCUs.
A native of Washington, D.C., Deon went to high school in Saluda, SC. He later attended Charleston Southern University where he joined the band as a drummer and then joined Kappa Kappa Psi. Deon left the university to help support his family. After a couple of twists and turns, Deon resumed his college career by enrolling in Claflin where he expects to get his bachelor’s in psychology by the end of 2017.
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