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Saint Augustine’s University

Saint Augustine's University is a historically black college located in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. The college was founded in 1867 in Raleigh, North Carolina by prominent Episcopal clergy for the education of freed slaves.


1315 Oakwood Avenue


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Founded in 1867 as Saint Augustine's Normal School, the institution first changed its name to Saint Augustine�s School in 1893 and then to Saint Augustine�s Junior College in 1919 when it began offering college-level coursework. It began offering coursework leading to a four-year degree in 1927 and changed its name to Saint Augustine�s College one year later with the first baccalaureate degrees awarded in 1931. In 2012, the institution again expanded its focus and changed its name to St. Augustine's University. In April 2014, in the midst of what The Chronicle of Higher Education characterized as "significant turmoil" and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education described as "financial problems...stemming from a loss in enrollment and revenue," the university's board of trustees fired university president Dianne Boardley Suber one month prior to her planned retirement. At the same time, the board reinstated two senior employees that Suber had recently fired. Suber had led the university for nearly 15 years. Saint Augustine�s College was the nation�s first historically black college to have its own on-campus commercial radio and television stations (WAUG-AM 750, WAUG-TV 68, and Time Warner cable channel 10). It is also the only school in the Raleigh/Durham area to offer a degree in film production. Of the 5 colleges in the Western world which have awarded honorary degrees to controversial Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Saint Augustine's College is one of only 2 which has not revoked the award (in this case, a Legum Doctor).

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Villanova University is a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education, committed to excellence and distinction in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, the University is grounded in the wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition and advances a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith and reason. Villanova emphasizes and celebrates the liberal arts and sciences as foundational to all academic programs. The University community welcomes and respects members of all faiths who seek to nurture a concern for the common good and who share an enthusiasm for the challenge of responsible and productive citizenship in order to build a just and peaceful world.



Bernard Allen 1962 Educator and long-time lobbyist for the North Carolina Association of Educators; North Carolina House member, 2003�2006 Hannah Diggs Atkins first African-American woman elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives (1968�1980) Luther Barnes 1976 Gospel music recording artist Ralph Campbell, Jr. former North Carolina State Auditor; the first African-American elected to that position in North Carolina Travis Cherry Grammy Nominated Music Producer Anna Julia Cooper writer, educator, one of the first African-American women to receive a PhD. Bessie and Sadie Delany Bessie, 1911 Sadie, 1910 African Americans who published their best-selling memoir, Having Our Say, at the ages of 102 and 104, respectively Henry Beard Delany first African-American Episcopal Bishop Ruby Butler DeMesme 1969 former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower, Installations and Environment Ramon Gittens Sprinter at the 2012 Summer Olympics Robert X. Golphin Actor "The Great Debaters" Trevor Graham former track & field coach Alex Hall former NFL linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Giants and currently in the Canadian Football League Maycie Herrington documentarian of the Tuskegee Airmen and social worker Ike Lassiter the first NFL player ever from St. Augustine's College William McBryar Medal of Honor recipient Angelique Mon�t 1998 Former Ms. Black South Carolina, multi-media talent, and world's only stage actress ventriloquist, also appointed nobility title Princess of Aquitaine Hon. James E.C. Perry 1966 Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida Antonio Pettigrew 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the men's 4 � 400 meter relay for the United States. He also won the gold medal at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.



Urban, 105 Acres (0.42�Km2)