We’re previewing the panelists who will be talking about the HBCU experience at the New York Urban League’s HBCU College Fair on November 14th at Riverbank State Park– make sure you register! Next up: Howard Graduate and YP Member Brittney Blackmon!
What is your favorite on campus memory?
My favorite on campus memory is my coming out show for Alpha Kappa Alpha in Spring 2009. It was a glorious pink and green day on the Yard. The next best memory is graduation. It was so much fun and such a proud moment that culminated my college experience with all my friends.
Why did you choose to attend an HBCU?
I chose to attend Howard University because I wanted to be surrounded by the best and brightest African-American students.
What’s the most memorable quote you remember from your HBCU experience?
Mr. Gray, my career counselor at Howard, always said “Get your groceries”. If you come to Howard University and don’t take advantage of all the opportunities, it’s like paying for groceries and leaving them at the register. Mr. Gray passed away before I graduated, but I made sure to get my groceries.
Brittney Blackmon is a luxury sales and marketing professional and an active member of the New York Urban League Young Professionals.
Brittney was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She grew up participating in the performing arts and playing sports. Her basketball skills allowed her to earn a full scholarship offer to South Carolina State University.
She chose to attend Howard University on an academic scholarship to study Marketing. While there she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and served as the President of the Howard University Chapter of the American Marketing Association. She was also an intern and campus ambassador for INROADS – an organization that develops and places talented underserved youth in business and leadership. She was a regular on the Dean’s List, served on the School of Business Student Council, and was named Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Brittney graduated cum laude in May of 2009.
Brittney has worked in sales and marketing for top Fortune 500 companies such as General Motors, as an intern while in college, and also ExxonMobil, full-time upon graduation. Currently, she works as the New York Metro Area Sales Manager for Proximo Spirits, representing brands such as Jose Cuervo and 1800 Tequila.
Brittney currently resides in Brooklyn. She serves as a Whitney M. Young Scholar Connect Mentor for the New York Urban League Young Professionals.
Brittney believes education has been the difference in the trajectory of her life versus her peers, and that higher education, specifically attending Howard University, has been the most significant factor in getting her to where she is today. She believes in and supports efforts that help students get to and through college.