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If you live or work in Lincoln Parish, you know the rich history and traditions of Grambling State University. Unless you’ve lived in southern Louisiana or elsewhere outside of this area, you may not know what a gem you have in your backyard.

As a kid growing up in the Lower Ninth and Seventh wards in New Orleans, I heard a lot about Dillard University, where my father and mother went to college and taught, as well as Xavier University. But it was Southern University and Grambling that captured our imaginations and made many of us strive to do well in school.

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