Mr. Talladega College Kwan Baker, 21, of Atlanta recently received 2nd runner up honors in the 14th Annual Mr. HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Kings’ Leadership Conference and Competition.
This year’s event was at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, from Jan. 30-Feb. 4.
“The conference was life-changing, motivational and eye-opening,” Baker said. “This year, the competition broke a record for the most participants, with 16 Mr. HBCUs from across the country. It was a great bonding experience.”
Baker said the multi-day event included various competitions, including an ease of manor, question-and-answer session and a talent portion.
For his talent, the Talladega College senior presented a spoken word presentation titled “Stay Woke.”
Baker said he received a sash, trophy and a $500 scholarship for 2nd runner up honors.
Baker said his favorite take away from the conference was the message from life coach Kenneth Mitchell.
“He stressed to not let the past stop us. Whatever we want to do in life, we must put our energy, time and creativity into that,” Baker said. “He told us to focus on our now.”
The 21-year-old will graduate this May, and has plans to advance his degree in sociology.
“In the future, I really want to get my masters, and mentor to inner-city youth.”
Baker added that he’s grateful for the opportunity to serve as Mr. Talladega College.
“I’m very open, love my campus and keep lines of communication open with students,” he said. “Being Mr. TC has allowed me to connect with many different people outside of my HBCU. I’ve met, bonded with and learned from other kings.”