By Josephine McCann Posey
For greater than a century, the establishment of upper studying referred to now as Alcorn country collage has been dedicated to the schooling of black scholars. traditionally tested for this objective, Alcorn has struggled opposed to nice odds. This new historical past of Alcorn unearths the unrelenting hove and aid of its group and alumni as they face the demanding situations of streamlining courses and making differences to century-old traditions.
The roots of Alcorn expand again to 1830 and the antebellum Oakland collage, a Presbyterian establishment which closed through the Reconstruction period. In 1871 Mississippi’s first black senator, Hiram R. Revels, back to Mississippi to move the recent establishment at the Oakland campus, to be referred to as Alcorn.
This background updates the centennial heritage of Alcorn released in 1971 through displaying how within the face of recent demanding situations the collage persists with its challenge of teaching voters for the fashionable global. one of many leader struggles has been to take care of its special identification as social and interracial alterations confront fashioned traditions and wide-scale neighborhood help of the system.
Here Alcorn kingdom college is proven not just in its wealthy history of public schooling because the first land-grant establishment for black scholars but additionally in its struggles over the years to arrive peaks of excellence in educational courses, in school improvement, within the enrichment of pupil lifestyles, and in its nationally well known athletic courses that always carry Alcorn acclaim.
Struggling opposed to nice odds has remained one in all Alcorn’s hallmarks. This finished historical past exhibits the college relocating with a bit of luck into the twenty-first century happy with its certain historical past and reason on removal stumbling blocks that threaten to examine a common culture for excellence.
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He was born in 1848 in Tennessee, somewhere between Nashville and Murfreesboro. The middle of three sons, he and one brother entered Fisk University at the same time during the fall of 1867 along with two young women. They became the first graduates of Fisk in 1875. Burrus's motivation to go to school came from an alleged statement made by John C. " This was the challenge that led them to success. They proved that a black person could easily solve a problem in mathematics and conjugate a Greek verb.
Thy name thy sons have honored far; A crown of gems thy daughters are; When country called her flag to bear, The Gold and Purple answered, "Here" O, Alcorn dear, our mother, hear Thy name, we praise, thy name we sing. Far as our race thy clan shall need So far to progress thou shalt lead Thy sons with clashing arms of trade; In useful arts full garbed thy maids; O, Alcorn dear, we proudly bear Thy standard on to victory. Mrs. J. S. Himes Page vii Contents Preface ix Acknowledgments xv 1 The First Decade 3 2 The Struggle To Survive 14 3 Into The Twentieth Century 21 4 Turbulent Times 28 5 A New Era 37 6 Serving the People Administration, Faculty, and Staff 43 7 A Growing Variety Of Choices Academics 52 8 How To Make A Living And How To Live Support Services 72 9 Balancing Work And Play Students and Student Services 82 10 Efficiency And Accountability Fiscal Affairs 89 11 Determining The Mission Institutional Advancement, Planning, and Research 94 Page viii 12 From Greek Revival To Modern Physical Facilities 99 13 Preparing To Win Athletics 104 14 The Alcorn Spirit Alumni Relations 110 15 A Look To The Future 140 Epilogue 145 Appendixes 147 A Note On Sources 207 Index 209 Page ix Preface Alcorn State University, the oldest historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second-oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi, is the work of black men and women struggling against enormous odds to educate themselves and their children.
SophomoreLatin, Greek, Trigonometry. JuniorLatin Greek, Botany, Astronomy, Natural Philosophy. SeniorChemistry, Rhetoric, Human Intellect, Zoology, Geology, Political Economy, Anatomy, Physiology, Constitutional Law, Evidences of Christianity. The study of agriculture and military tactics became a requirement for all students, as mandated by the state. By that time, there were approximately 170 males enrolled at the school. Revels sought to make Alcorn into the leading college in the state. He wanted it to mean to black citizens what Oakland College had meant to whites.
Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State University by Josephine McCann Posey