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HBCU Grad Goes From the Streets to a PhD - Paving the Way for Young Black Males to Follow

Posted By: Tommie Mabry on July 10, 2020

Dr. Tommie Mabry > Author, Chief Executive Officer, Educator , Professional Speaker

Dr. Tommie Mabry grew up in one of Jackson, MS roughest neighborhoods. Trouble followed him everywhere before and after fifth grade when he was arrested for breaking into the state fairgrounds. After that arrest, he was suspended or expelled from several schools due to his behavior. A judge once prophesized that in five years his attitude would either get him **** or incarcerated. Tommie grinned at the judge who did not know that the “monster” lurking within Tommie was fueled by the prophecy. Things started to change for Tommie when he joined an AAU basketball that traveled around the worI'd. He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school when he crossed the stage at Bailey Magnet in 2007. Although he was shot in the foot after skipping school during his senior year, God was merciful as Tommie healed and received a full basketball scholarship to Missouri State University. Tommie later received a BA **** laude in education from Tougaloo where he was elected Mister Tougaloo College in 2011, and received his MA in child development in 2017. After his undergraduate studies, he was hired as a teacher by the same Jackson Public School District that had suspended and expelled him many times during elementary and secondary education. Tommie was hired at Tougaloo College as the Director of Enrollment in 2016. Tommie has also published three books that targets all age groups and has completed his Doctorate Degree from Jackson State University in 2020 . He travels the world sharing his story to motivate and inspire others – He lives by the motto, “I cannot walk in my future with my foot in my past"

Insert from Tommie Mabry Book A Dark Journey To A Light Future

I knew since I was young I would get out. The judge told me that with my attitude I would be **** or locked up in five years, and I said "okay" with a grin. When I was released the next day, the judge did not know that he created a monster within me-his word fueled a fire inside me that was burning all along. God has ordained each of us for greatness. Unfortunately, the wiles of worldly convictions and possessions provide detours and stumbling blocks. This is the true story of the experiences of a young, African-American child, destined by God-fighting against the status quo of his **** and discouraging surroundings-to walk in the path of greatness. This is the story of Tommie Mabry-a boy who discovers that he can rise above his surroundings and situations to be the man that God intended him to be.





Snapshot of the Life of Tommie Mabry

“Never Give Up On Hope


1994-97 Kicked out of 7 Elementary Schools
1998 locked up for Burglary (Age 11)
1998 1st tattoo eventually covering entire body (Age 11)
1999 Grazed by a Bullet during a Home Invasion (Age 12)
2000 Permanent Gold Teeth (Age 13)
2003-05 Kicked out of 3 Middle Schools
2003 Repeated the 8th Grade
2007 Gunshot wound while Skipping School (Grade12)

2007 1st High School Graduate of his family
2007 Received a Full College Basketball Scholarship
2011 Elected Mr. Tougaloo College (Well known HBCU)
2011 Educator at one of the schools he was once kicked out
2013 City of Jackson Appointment by the Mayor to lead a program
2013 Published “A Dark Journey to a Light Future”
2014 Director of Enrollment at Tougaloo College
2015 Published “If Tommie Can Do It, We Can Do It”
2015 Founder of Tommie Mabry Company

2017 Received a BA in Education, and a MA in child development
2019 Published "Little Tommie's Four Bs "

2020 Received his Ph.D. from Jackson State University

About Tommie Mabry

Tommie Mabry is the founder of Tommie Mabry Company and Best Selling Author of A Dark Journey To a Light Future and If Tommie Can Do It, We Can Do It. Mr. Mabry strives to give educators and students a true look at many factors that daunts academic achievement. His platform tackles the experiences and challenges that minority students face in communities and educational environments. By focusing on real-life topics such as, bullying, life skills, classroom management and more, it gives students a positive outlook on teaching and learning and the ability to balance.
As an advocate for education and student success, Mr. Mabry travels around the country encouraging educators to focus on the whole student and motivating youth to never give up on hope.

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www.tommiemabry.com

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Good stuff brother. Featuring this now.
Friday, July 10th 2020 at 2:46PM
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