Dedrick Barley is a senior Mathematics and Economics major Ellenwood, Georgia located outside of East Atlanta. He is am the middle child of three siblings, and graduated from Stockbridge High School. Dedrick began his matriculation at Tougaloo College in the Fall of 2015. Throughout his time at the Eagle Queen, he has maintained a 3.6 G.P.A., is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and a Walton UNCF Fellow. His campus involvement includes: providing tutorial services for the Tougaloo Academic Success Center, Residential Assistant for the 2017-2018 academic year, playing catcher for the Tougaloo College Baseball team, and an active member of F.A.M.E (Faculty Assistant MEntors). Dedrick was also inducted into Sigma Xi honor society, and he is a Tom Joyner Scholar. His community service projects include: the water drive for Flint, Michigan, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, and running in the 5K Sickle Cell walk. His primary objective as the 2018-2019 Mister Tougaloo College is to uplift enrolled Tougaloo young men. He believes that in order to bring about change you must first start from within.
Dedrick’s Motto: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” (Frederick Douglas)
A’Kira N. Black
A’Kira Nicole Black is the daughter of Lucille Black-Lewis and Ocie Jones. A senior Mass Communication major, she began her journey at Tougaloo College in 2015 after graduating from Vision Academy, in Monroe, Louisiana. She finished her high school career as Salutatorian, ranking number two in her class at the age of 16. Akira is a member of many organizations on campus such as Tougaloo Ambassadors for Meritorious Scholars (T.A.M.S.), Pre-Alumni Council (PAC), Womanhood International, Inc., and the Mass Communication Society - just to name a few. Upon graduating from Tougaloo, A’Kira plans to pursue a masters degree in Communications. She aspires to become a CNN News Anchor and Public Relations Specialist, hoping to change the world through the media.
In her spare time, A’Kira enjoys singing to music, talking to her parents and family, trying new foods, and traveling. She takes tremendous pride in knowing that she has earned her crown as the 80th Miss Tougaloo College. She encouraged her peers to go “Back 2 BLACK” by Breaking Limits And Creating Kingdoms, as well as helping better inform about mental health in the African American community. She has written “Tougaloo Forever” on her heart.
A’Kira’s Motto: I’m just a girl who decided to TRUST GOD and go for it! “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)