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  •  The merger is disturbing to me. (14+ / 0-)

    I don't know anything about Southern's NOLA campus - but lived on the one in Baton Rouge.  

    Here's some history:

    History

    The concept of Southern University was put forth by P. B. S. Pinchback, T. T. Allain, Erick J Gilmore and Henry Demas Anthony Lawless as an institution "for the education of persons of color" at the 1879 Louisiana State Constitutional Convention.

    In April 1880, the Louisiana General Assembly chartered Southern University, originally located in New Orleans. Southern opened its doors on March 7, 1881 (1881-03-07) with twelve students. One of the original locations of the early campus was the former Israel Sinai Temple on Calliope Street, between St. Charles and Camp streets in New Orleans. Southern became a land grant school in 1890, and an Agricultural and Mechanical department was established. Because of continued growth and a lack of land for expansion, the university relocated to what was then Scotlandville, along Scott's Bluff facing the Mississippi River in 1914. It is included as a destination of the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.
    Presidents A.R. Gourrier 1881
    George Fayerweather 1881–1882
    Rev. C.H. Thompson 1882–1883
    Rev. J.H. Harrisond 1883-
    George W. Bathwell 1886–1887
    H.A. Hill 1887–1899
    Dr. Joseph S. Clark 1914–1938
    Dr. Felton G. Clark 1938–1969
    Dr. G. Leon Netterville 1969–1974
    Dr. Jesse N. Stone, Jr. 1974–1985
    Dr. Joffre T. Whisenton 1985–1988
    Dr. Dolores R. Spikes* 1988–1996
    Dr. Leon R. Tarver II 1997–2005
    Dr. Edward Jackson, (interim) 2005–2006
    Dr. Ralph Slaughter 2006–2009
    Dr. Ronald Mason 2010-current
    *First female head of any college system in the U.S.

    The new president and first president of what is now known as Southern University at Baton Rouge was Dr. Joseph Samuel Clark. Clark, an outstanding citizen in the Baton Rouge African American community, presided over Baton Rouge College and the Louisiana Colored Teachers Association. The Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1921 authorized the reorganization and expansion of Southern University; and Legislative Act 100 of 1922 provided that the institution be reorganized under the control of the State Board of Education. Clark presided over Southern University during a transitionary period for the institution. The student enrollment grew from forty-seven students to 500 students and many of the school's early buildings were built during this time. Clark presided until his retirement in 1938, at which time the position was given to his son, Dr. Felton Grandison Clark, a renowned speaker and gentleman. Under his tenure, the university underwent tremendous growth. About 33 of 114 current buildings were erected in his 30 years at the university. The student enrollment grew from 500 to nearly 10,000 students. Due to the reluctance of LSU Law School to admit African Americans into its law program, and a law suit that was filed, a special Louisiana Convention allowed a law program, Southern University Law Center to come to Southern University in 1947. The university was one of the first historically black colleges to receive a visit from a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1943. Also during Clark's tenure, Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) (1956) and Southern University at Shreveport/Bossier City (SUSLA) (1964) were founded. They were later incorporated into the Southern University System in 1974.

     

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 02:35:40 PM PST

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