Dexter Forbes’ Unlikely Beginnings

Five years ago Dexter Forbes would never have predicted that he would graduate with an African American Studies major. Before coming to UAB he “had no idea that there was such a thing as African American Studies.” Even attending college in a city with such a strong African American heritage was a coincidence. “I didn’t know how important Birmingham was [to the Civil Rights movement] before I came down here,” he says.

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An Early Graduate Shares Her Wisdom

"Exposure to information and exposure to people" — Michelle Craig says this is what she gained from UAB’s African American Studies Program, experiences that lead to a successful career. Craig was one of the first graduates of the program. She says that the universal skills she learned are helpful in all areas of life and are transferrable to almost any career.

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