By Josephine McCann Posey
For greater than a century, the establishment of upper studying referred to now as Alcorn nation collage has been dedicated to the schooling of black scholars. traditionally confirmed for this goal, Alcorn has struggled opposed to nice odds. This new historical past of Alcorn unearths the unrelenting hove and help 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 university, a Presbyterian establishment which closed through the Reconstruction period. In 1871 Mississippi’s first black senator, Hiram R. Revels, again to Mississippi to move the hot establishment at the Oakland campus, to be referred to as Alcorn.
This background updates the centennial background of Alcorn released in 1971 by means of exhibiting how within the face of recent demanding situations the college persists with its project of training electorate for the fashionable global. one of many leader struggles has been to take care of its detailed identification as social and interracial alterations confront common traditions and wide-scale group help of the system.
Here Alcorn country college is proven not just in its wealthy background 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 convey Alcorn acclaim.
Struggling opposed to nice odds has remained one among Alcorn’s hallmarks. This entire background indicates the college relocating expectantly into the twenty-first century pleased with its special history and motive on elimination stumbling blocks that threaten to examine a usual culture for excellence.
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Richard M. Abel, Seetha A-Srinivasan, Ginger Tucker, Anne Stascavage and the rest of the staff of the University Press of Mississippi for guiding this book through to publication. I owe special thanks to copyeditor Carol Cox for her careful and thorough work on the manuscript. For their moral support throughout this writing, I wish to thank my parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin McCann; my sisters, Helen and Connie, and their families; my brother, John, and his family; and all of my in-laws. Kristin, my niece and goddaughter, wrote the first paragraph for this book and then lost it, but I thank her anyway.
One of his first priorities as president was to make the college a graded school in order to catch up with modern education. He was also concerned with uniformity in studies so that student classification could be determined. He believed that the college needed better publicity and that a college newspaper would help the local public admire and appreciate Alcorn's activities. After serving only four months, he suffered an influenza attack in December and died suddenly. Andrew j. Howard, a mathematics teacher, was asked by the board of trustees to complete the school term while the search for a replacement took place.
Stone stated in his 1894 biennial message that Burrus's problems with the university were due to personality conflicts with the trustees rather than to any lack of efficiency. The faculty and students supported Burrus, but he did not return. After his resignation he spent a year practicing law in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He later returned to Nashville, Tennessee, where he died on March 27, 1917. The board of trustees selected Wilson H. Reynolds to become the new Alcorn president. Reynolds was a public school teacher in Vicksburg and was considered a man of high educational standing.
Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State University by Josephine McCann Posey