DR. JABARI PREMPEH (left) and Colone Pearson, J.D., are fraternity brothers, members of Omega Psi Phi, but they will be rooting for different teams. Prempeh graduated from Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Pearson from Delaware State University. -Andre Smith photo
Prempeh, a sociology professor in the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) and a national president of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (TMSF), holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from FAMU. He also graduated from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.
In Metro Detroit, there are nearly 100 graduates from the FAMU, according to the school’s alumni association. Prempeh said the support from the graduates will be vital in winning the game against Delaware State.
“We will be charged up and ready to go,” said Prempeh. “We are the number one school for the attendance and support at games. The Rattler Nation will be live and colorful at the game. We will be fired up and ready to go.”
Prempeh decided to attend FAMU because his parents selected the school. After looking at a few other colleges, his parents thought FAMU best fit his needs and would provide opportunities for advancement.
He has since served as school chairman fo rthe Oak Park Academy, which is an alternative high school for students in grades 9-12. He is also a member of the National Alumni Association and has served as president twice for the Detroit chapter.
Colone Pearson a retired lawyer, said many people overlook Delaware State but they have a good athletic program and it is a good school.
“(Delaware State) had a good winning record and the last time we met with FAMU, we beat them,” Pearson said.
After graduating from Delaware State, Pearson entered law school at V. George Washington University. After graduation, he practiced law from 1974-1996. He worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Xerox and had a private practice in Connecticut.
They agree on the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
“I appreciate what’s happening in Detroit in terms of the game,” Prempeh said. “It brings out the crowd and shows the African American community a broader picture of colleges.”
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