Morehouse College student keeps HBCU legacy alive with inspiring story

Dacavien Reeves, 22, defied all odds when he graduated from the school with a job offer from JPMorgan.
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As you know, it is black history month and we've got a special celebration. There are more than 100 historically black colleges and universities in the U.S. You went to Texas southern. My mom and dad went to Howard university. Well, this morning we are celebrating the legacy of educating African-American students. We recently met a wonderful young man, he is really thriving at Morehouse. Take a look. I wanted to be at Morehouse college. Reporter: For Morehouse college senior dacavien reeves it is a milestone beyond his wildest dreams. I received a full time offer with JPMorgan chase and company. You experienced all this hardship and now at a place where you're secure. Reporter: The 22-year-old Memphis native beating the odds. In 2012 his mom fell ill leaving he and his family to face We lived in hotels until the money ran out then we moved into the Salvation Army. I made a promise to myself. I said I never want to be in this position ever again. That was my self-motivator. I knew I was smart. I knew I was capable. I knew I was hard working so I knew college was my way to go. Reporter: He chose the prestigious historically black college Morehouse college founded in 1867 carrying the torch of excellence following in the same footsteps as proud prominent alumni martin Luther king Jr. And spike Lee. I remember seeing the students at Morehouse college were well dressed and like the way they are able to articulate themselves, I was like, wow, like I want to be able to talk like that. I want to dress like that. Reporter: With discipline and determination, he thrived on campus. Many people of African-American descent didn't have the opportunity to go to school. It's important for the current students to be attached to their history. This is a sample of the greatest black minds in America in this room. Reporter: His professor Robert Brum, alumnus of Morehouse observing his wisdom and wit firsthand. My mom worked until 1:00 A.M. I would take care of my brothers and sisters then we would go to the shelter. You see the product of someone who worked exceptionally hard and to see him achieve those heights after going through those struggles it's an honor. I'm so happy for you. Reporter: In keeping with the rich legacy of a morehouseman da dacavien is paying it forward. He's able to put that face on so that he can be there for you. Don't allow your circumstances to define who you are. You can aspire to be greater than that. So happy to have dacavien and his mother Tasha with us. Oh, my goodness gracious. Your story is so uplifting and so inspiring. Tell us how being there at Morehouse, being a Morehouse man, how was the support. You learn so much in the classroom and able to apply it outside of the classroom. It developed me as an intellectual overall. I was able to become the leader that wanted to be. A leader that leads with compassion, a leader that leads with confidence and also just able to be able to affirm my blackness is not a threat but as a gift. That was a gift in itself. And in the piece I can't get over you talk about you wanted to dress the way they were dressing. You're killing the game right now. You learn it at Morehouse. Tasha, you have to be so proud. I am. Of your son. Did you ever imagine that he would be where he is right now? I had no idea. I mean, he was a child that pushed hard even as a little boy. He stood out in front of the class from kindergarten all the way through high school to 12th great but didn't know he would exceed to this level. Not to this degree. I know. To this degree. He's going to get his degree. His college degree in may. So what is your major? Business administration. All right. So you're excited about the commencement in may. Absolutely. May 17th can't come fast enough. You're going to be there too as well. The family is going to be there so I think we have a little something to help you all out. Wanted to make sure you're taken care of while in Atlanta for that. Our friends at Hilton, they wanted to help out so they're going to provide you guys suites for two nights or three nights, two days, three nights at the embassy suites by Hilton Atlanta at sen tem olympic park which is a few miles away from Morehouse. Now you don't have to worry about that when you go down to see your son graduate. Does that help you out. Thank you so much. Lastly, what do you want to say to any young person who may be in very dire circumstances to be able to not let those circumstances define them? I would say, you know, don't give up. You have everything that you need in order to accomplish and get to where you need to be and you never know where your story is going to lead. You know, you never know that your story might be the light at the end of someone else's tunnel so, you know, just keep going, keep fighting. You have everything you need. You have everybody that you need -- I think your story is definitely a light that some people see to know their tunnel has a long way to go. Congratulations. Congratulations. Thank you so much.

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