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 verified for this goal, Alcorn has struggled opposed to nice odds. This new background of Alcorn unearths the unrelenting hove and aid of its group and alumni as they face the demanding situations of streamlining courses and making variations 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 often called Alcorn.
This heritage updates the centennial heritage of Alcorn released in 1971 via exhibiting how within the face of latest demanding situations the collage persists with its challenge of training voters for the trendy global. one of many leader struggles has been to take care of its unique id as social and interracial alterations confront customary traditions and wide-scale group aid of the system.
Here Alcorn country collage is proven not just in its wealthy history of public schooling because the first land-grant establishment for black scholars but in addition in its struggles over the years to arrive peaks of excellence in educational courses, in school improvement, within the enrichment of pupil existence, and in its nationally popular athletic courses that constantly deliver Alcorn acclaim.
Struggling opposed to nice odds has remained one in every of Alcorn’s hallmarks. This accomplished heritage exhibits the college relocating hopefully into the twenty-first century happy with its targeted historical past and cause on elimination stumbling blocks that threaten to envision a usual culture for excellence.
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All the departments are working harmoniously and satisfactorily. The friction and inharmoniousness which have been obtained for several years have been removed. We now have the pleasure to report a well-organized and efficient institution of learning working toward the high and wise ideals which inspired and controlled its timely establishment. Believing that the future of the Negro in this country is almost entirely an industrial future, we have sought to enlarge facilities for improving efficiency and increasing the productive capacity as a skilled agriculturalist and mechanic.
Many parents have viewed Alcorn as a place where their children will be removed from the contaminating influences of city life. Page xiii Alumni who moved away to big cities talk about the advantage of getting youth into an environment conducive to good behavior and concentrated study. The opportunities at Alcorn for self-help have always been greater than at most other schools in the country. Through the years Alcorn has been called a place where dreams can come true. The administration, faculty, staff, and students appear to share a common belief that the American dream is not dead, that an individual can make it even though life is not easy and getting a college education may not be either.
Washington, who described him as having great executive ability and the talent of seeing to the heart of all issues. Calloway was born in Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1866 and graduated from Fisk University in 1889. C. Calloway, as hard driving as Reynolds had been, was determined to ensure that people know about the college. While Reynolds had emphasized local publicity, President Calloway was chiefly concerned with the school's statewide reputation. Students were challenged to sell subscriptions to the college paper, thus carrying the story of Alcorn and its benefits to every corner of the state.
Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State University by Josephine McCann Posey