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November 2021
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November 2021

Doug Williams graduated from Grambling State University with a Bachelor’s degree in education in 1978.

In Super Bowl XXII, in the second quarter, Williams set a Super Bowl single-quarter record when pass for 340 yards and 4 touchdowns, making him the first black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl and be named MVP.

Williams was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft, becoming the first black quarterback taken in the first round of an NFL draft.

In 2009, Williams and fellow Grambling State alumnus James Harris co-founded the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Williams presently is the head football coach at Grambling, where he played for HBCU legend football coach Eddie Robinson.

September 2021
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September 2021

Nikki Giovanni graduated from Fisk University in 1967 with B.A. Degree in History.

Nikki is one of the world’s best-known U.S. poets.  She has won numerous awards including the Langston Hughes Medal and the NAACP Image Award. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, “The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection” and Oprah named her one of 25 “Living Legends”.

Yolande Cornelia "Nikki" Giovanni Jr. was born in Knoxville, TN to Yolande Cornelia Sr. and Jones "Gus" Giovanni.