Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner urged the 202 graduates of Shaw University on May 13 to follow the lead of their new alma mater to become doers who “change the game.”
He reminded graduates that Shaw changed the game often, as the first institution of higher learning established for freedmen, the first college in the nation to offer a four-year medical program, and the first HBCU in the nation to welcome women.
“How will you change the game,” Joyner asked graduates. Instead of “talking about it, whining about it or tweeting about it,” he challenged graduates to take bold action, just as those before them did, no matter what they lacked. “What if Ella Baker had been more concerned with posting than protesting,” he said, referring to Baker’s leadership as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on Shaw’s campus in 1960. “They did what they could. Do what you can. Everybody can do something.”
The host of “The Tom Joyner Morning Show has raised more than $65 million for students at HBCUs through his foundation.