Spotlight Archives - Alumni

Elijah Childers ’58 to be inducted into Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame

Prairie View A&M University alumnus Elijah Childers '58 will be inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame. Childers (deceased) graduated from Woodson High School in Abilene before integration where he was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and track. He started at tackle on offense and defense at Prairie View A&M University, where [...]

Loni Love ’91 keynotes the Multicultural Media Luncheon during NAIAS

The ninth annual Multicultural Media Luncheon took place during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) press week on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at the MGM Grand Casino in Detroit. This year’s keynote speaker was Loni Love, an Emmy and NAACP Image Award winner and co-host of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “The Real.” Love [...]

Charlye Ola Farris ’48 honored with historical marker

Public school educators James Randolph Farris, Sr. and Roberta (Bell) Farris welcomed their only daughter, Charlye Ola Farris, on June 30, 1929, in Wichita Falls. Charlye graduated as valedictorian of Booker T. Washington High School at age 15, and from Prairie View A & M College in 1948 at the age of eighteen with a [...]

’65 PVAMU alum and war hero recognized for public service

A war hero with local roots was honored recently for a lifetime of public service. Dr. Richard Kimball Watkins, a Huntsville native, former US Army captain, Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was celebrated on Dec. 20 with a flag flown over the United States Capitol. Kimball was recognized for relentless commitment to his country, [...]

Raleigh Johnson ’18 begins pro football career

Taking the first step toward what he hopes will turn into a long professional football career, former Ozen High School standout Raleigh Johnson II will play for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Indoor Football League next season. Johnson, a defensive back who last played at Prairie View A&M during the 2017 season, will report to [...]

PVAMU takes the lead in Texas in graduating Black Men

The numbers are staggeringly low: Only one college in Texas graduated more than 100 African-American men in 2016. It's a grim statistic that punctuates glaring disparities across their educational journey. Black males are more likely to get disciplined more harshly than their peers even as early as prekindergarten. They're less likely to get tapped for [...]

Megan Thee Stallion Reveals PVAMU Sparked Her Success

I knew I wanted to be a rapper probably when I was like seven. Then finally when I was 18, I went to Prairie View and I was at this random kickback and the boys were freestyling, and I was like “I can rap y’all.” And they [were] like “you can’t rap.”

PVAMU Alumnus, Fort Worth’s First Black School Trustee Reby Cary ’41 Dies

Reby Cary went to I.M. Terrell High School before attending Prairie View A&M University. He joined the Coast Guard and fought through five campaigns in World War II and was a very proud military man, Sanders said. Sanders pointed out that Cary died on the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Yolanda Ford ’08 Elected First African-American Woman Mayor of Missouri City

Ford wins runoff election, becoming first African American woman to serve as Missouri City mayor.  She previously served on the City Council for five years before becoming Missouri City's first African American and first woman elected as mayor.

Clarence McKinney ’02 Named TSU’s Head Football Coach

Clarence McKinney is returning to Houston to become the next head football coach at Texas Southern University. McKinney, who was the associate head coach and running backs coach at Arizona under Kevin Sumlin this season, has an extensive history in Houston. McKinney was the head coach at Yates before joining Sumlin's staff at the University [...]