How the HBCU experience, and golf, shaped four Black men in Alabama


HBCU; Alabama; Anthony Overton; Jay Roberson; Kerry Stevenson; Ralph Williams


It’s rare that golf comes up in connection with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), but four longtime friends and golf buddies say maybe it should.

Anthony Overton, a graduate of South Carolina State University, is professor and chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Alabama’s Samford University.

Jay Roberson, a graduate of Alabama A&M University, is the assistant vice president of Business Development at Volkert and a former Birmingham City Council member.

Kerry Stevenson, a graduate of Alabama A&M, is the vice president for Development of Athletics and Scholarships at Alabama’s Miles College.

Ralph Williams, a graduate of Miles College who also studied at Alabama A&M, is director of Community Engagement for Alabama Power.

They recently played in the sponsors invitational at the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, a national tournament for college golfers from HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions and other minority-serving institutions from across the country. The tournament took place this year at two Birmingham-area golf courses.

The four men say that golf and their HBCU experience are at the heart of their decades-long friendship and have been instrumental in much of their personal success. They want to spread the word about the value of attending an HBCU and how those college years can be enriched by spending time with friends on the golf course.


By: Joey Blackwell




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