On the day Robert Champion died, he texted his parents a photograph of himself with a young boy from a children's marching band. (The Champion Family)

In 2011, the HBCU community was rocked by the deaths of numerous students throughout the country. Some of their deaths still leave lingering questions unanswered and issues unresolved. HBCU Buzz remembers the young men and women who passed away in 2011. This article is not meant to capitalize on the untimely loss of friends, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. It is meant to serve as a place for remembrance. Remembering the potential these young men and women had. Remembering the uncertainty of life and how every day should be cherished. The links are to serve as a reminder of not the tragedy of their deaths, but the work that still needs to be done to eradicate the divisive energy within our community.

We take the time to remember and celebrate the lives of:

Rasheed Ola-Seyi Lasaki of  Florida A&M University

Sheena Barnett and Ferdinand Dorsey: Southern University

Jasmine Crenshaw of Central State University

Jonathan Bailey of South Carolina State University

Ashley Reid of Howard University

Michael Haizlip of Morgan State University

Amesha Page-Smith, North Carolina A&T State University

Shannon Washington of Florida A&M University

Dominique Frazier of Bowie State University

Kordero Hunter of Central State University

Julian Benson of Morgan State University

Alonzo Guyton of Howard University

Anthony Washington of Lincoln University

Robert Champion of Florida A&M University

Jacinta Fisher of Winston-Salem State University

We also want to take the time out to pay respect to other HBCU alumni, faculty and staff who have departed from this life to the next.

Thomas “Zeus” Hall, Alcorn State University football strength and conditioning coach.

Ernest Holloway, former president of Langston University

Lecounte Conaway, former Hampton University sports information director

Dr. Michelle Releford, Dean of University College at Winston-Salem State University

Orlando Brown , South Carolina State University

 Dr. Richard David Morrison, Alabama A&M University’s fifth president

 Charles Christian, Norfolk State University basketball coach

Clarence Clemons, University of Maryland Eastern Shore saxophonist

Dr. Dawn Deveaux, Fort Valley State University

Lula Crenshaw, Fayetteville State University

Matthew J. Perry, South Carolina State University

Dr. Richard David Morrison, Alabama A&M University’s fifth president.