So writing this story is bringing me great joy as a 2014 alum of THE Norfolk State University.
During Norfolk State University's (NSU's), homecoming weekend, ESSENCE and Pepsi made its last tour stop promoting their “She Got Now” initiative. ESSENCE and Pepsi are dedicated to celebrating women from the past, present, and future at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The program was held in the newly renovated state-of-the-art G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall. The honorees for the evening were Sandreca Citizen and Brehanna Daniels.
The event was hosted by Ashley Maclin, known by her host name of AshMac, an NSU alum that is a radio personality in Indianapolis on Hot 96.3 from 10am - 3pm. Also on hand to serve as a co-host was Nandi Howard, ESSENCE's Assistant Fashion Features Editor. To open the event, NSU's president, Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston said, We have worked with our African-American partners and family to ensure that all of our young people have opportunities that they would not necessarily have without strong Black women. They remind us of the importance of excellence and developing community. They are truly magnificent and they make us so proud here at NSU.”
As the 47th Miss Norfolk State University, Sandreca Citizen was honored first, as a leader of the current student body at NSU. The Texas native is using her platform to inspire students about reaching their untapped potential in order to become change makers across the globe. She said, “When you wake up, you have a purpose,” she said, echoing the inspiration her mother instilled in her to be successful.
Next up to be honored, but not in attendance was Brehanna Daniels. As we remember, Daniels made history as the first African-American woman to change tires in a major NASCAR race. Daniels also competed on NBC’s Titan Games, which was hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But before the fame and history, Brehanna was a former Division 1 basketball player at the Norfolk State University that graduated in 2016. Just as Daniels is making a difference post NSU, we are looking for Sandreca do continue to be a beacon of light well beyond her graduation from the institution.
To deepen their commitment to women attending HBCUs, ESSENCE and Pepsi be announcing an internship program, the “She Got Now” Allen McKellar Jr. Internship, which will be open to Black women who want to or are currently attending NSU, FAMU, Howard or Hampton that exhibit what it means to be a Black woman in today's culture.
Keep up the great work NSU!!! Let's show the world what we have to offer!
BEHOLD.... THE GREEN AND GOLD!!!!!