My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: Delaware State University
Location: Dover DE
I previously learned this year that the Morrill Act (passed in 1862) provided grants of land to states to finance the establishment of colleges specializing in “agriculture and the mechanic arts.”
I also learned that in 1890 a second Morrill Act was created primarily for the former Confederate states. This act required each state to show that race was not an admissions criterion, or else to designate a separate land-grant institution for persons of color. Among the seventy colleges and universities which eventually evolved from the Morrill Acts are several of today’s historically Black colleges and universities including Delaware State University in Dover DE.
The Delaware College for Colored Students, now known as Delaware State University, was established May 15, 1891, by the Delaware General Assembly under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1890 by which land-grant colleges for Blacks came into existence in states maintaining separate educational facilities.
Today the campus serves nearly 5,000 students. The University’s physical infrastructure has grown from its 1891 beginning as a 100-acre property with three buildings to a beautiful 356-acre pedestrian campus with over 50 buildings and four outdoor athletic fields.
I came across an interesting article on a former DSU student named Clifford Brown. He often is referred to as “Brownie” and was considered the preeminent trumpeter of the early 1950’s.
If you like jazz give this Washington Post piece a read on Clifford Brown who died at the age of 25.