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Alabama State University has partnered with eight other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in a national commemoration of the institutions’ joint sesquicentennial celebrations.

Alabama State University is one of nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2017. Representatives from each of the colleges will gather next week on the campus of Baltimore’s Morgan State University to “exchange information and share innovations.

In addition to ASU and Morgan State, the sesquicentennial institutions are Barber-Scotia College, Fayetteville State University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morehouse College, St. Augustine’s University and Talladega College.

ASU was founded in 1867 in Marion, Ala. by nine freedmen (all former slaves) who pooled together $500 to establish a school to educate the newly freed community of slaves in Alabama, as well as educate teachers who could go forth and educate its community of citizens.
The “HBCU-9 United Sesquicentennial Celebration” is a week-long series of events focusing on the legacy and achievements not only of the nine institutions, but also on the accomplishments of other HBCUs across the nation.

The national celebration was coordinated by a steering committee composed of representatives from each of the nine schools, which included ASU's office of Institutional Advancement.
In a statement from ASU, the University stated that “This is an exciting time in the history of these nine schools, which includes Alabama State University.” “We are all celebrating our historical significance as a part of the fabric of American history, as well as our achievements as institutions of higher learning, which are integral to our community and to all of America."
United Sesquicentennial Events Schedule (HBCU9.org)

All takes place on the campus of Baltimore’s Morgan State University

Sunday, September 24
10 a.m.
Worship Service

Thursday, September 28
7:30 p.m.
HBCU-9 Sesquicentennial Choir Concert
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Friday, September 29
6 - 8 a.m.
Live Broadcast of Joe Clair Morning Show on WPGC Radio
8 a.m.
HBCU-9 Pep Rally
8:30 a.m.
HBCU-9 Unity Mile Torch Relay
9 a.m.
Opening Ceremony of HBCU-9
United Sesquicentennial Leadership Summit
10 a.m.
Leadership Round Table Discussion with HBCU-9 Chancellors and Presidents*
“The Legacy of the HBCU-9”
Moderator: April Ryan
CNN Political Analyst and White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio
*Seating Is Limited: Registration Required

12:30 p.m.
HBCU-9 Luncheon*
“Reclaiming Our Time”
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Maxine Waters
Congresswoman from California
*Seating Is Limited: Registration Required

2:30 p.m.
Leadership Fireside Chat with HBCU-9 Chancellors and Presidents*
“Challenges and Opportunities for HBCUs”
Moderator: Ed Gordon
Host of BET’s Weekly with Ed Gordon
*Seating Is Limited: Registration Required

Saturday, September 30
8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m.
"HBCUs at 150—the State of the Union:
A Conversation with The Congressional Black Caucus and National Educational Leaders"
Keynote Speaker: Honorable Alma Adams
Congresswoman from North Carolina
Panel of Congressional and Educational Leaders
Moderator: Honorable Kweisi Mfume
Former Congressman and Former CEO National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Posted By: Reginald Culpepper
Thursday, September 21st 2017 at 4:32PM
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