The 70-year-old Joseph Grant is a proud member of the HU graduating class of 2021, reports Howard University’s Office of Communications. He’s matriculating from the university with a Ph.D. in political science. Dr. Grant’s focus will be on American government and Black politics.
“I always wanted to go to Howard University, literally all my life. This is my first HBCU experience,” Dr. Grant said. “When I graduated high school, there was a big move to integrate, and because they needed Black students and I needed the money, it was an easy decision to go to those schools. I was determined [as I got older] that when my children were in college, they would go to an HBCU.”
Dr. Grant said that he grew up during a time of segregation, where things were “separate but equal” in the United States for Black Americans, especially in the Deep South. Grant, a native of South Carolina, decided to take a leap of faith when he was 65-years-old, and packed up lock, stock, and barrel, and moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University.
And he said it wasn’t long before his faith helped him land on his feet.
“God just worked it out.”