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You Know What Time It Is: HBCU Homecoming Season

"'Tis the season for HBCU homecomings," writes Natalie P. McNeal for The Root:

From now through November, thousands of college alumni from historically black institutions will descend on campuses across the South.

Employers, please understand why the few African Americans at your workplace are taking Fridays off from now until November. Non-HBCU grads, please be patient with your black college friends who keep crowing about how excited they are for homecoming. They mean no harm with their college chants and incessant telling of tales from the yard.

HBCU homecomings are like a black family reunion, minus the tacky T-shirt with an oak tree on it. It's a posh celebration and mass arrival of those who feel they've arrived.

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