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Texas Southern University

Texas Southern University is a historically black university located in Houston, Texas, United States, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University was established in 1927 as the Houston Colored Junior College.


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College History


On March 7, 1927 the Houston Independent School District school board resolved to establish junior colleges for each race, as the state was racially segregated in all public facilities. The resolution created Houston Junior College (later became the University of Houston) and Houston Colored Junior College. The Houston Colored Junior College first held classes at Jack Yates High School during the evenings. It later changed its name to Houston College for Negroes. In February 1946, Heman Marion Sweatt, an African-American man, applied to the University of Texas School of Law. He was denied admission because of race, and subsequently filed suit in Sweatt v. Painter (1950). The state had no law school for African Americans. Instead of granting Sweatt a writ of mandamus to attend the University of Texas, the trial court granted a continuance for six months to allow the state time to create a law school for blacks. As a result, the state founded Texas Southern University under Senate Bill 140 by the Fiftieth Texas Legislature on March 3, 1947 as a state university to be located in Houston. Originally named Texas State University for Negroes, the school was established to serve African Americans in Texas and offer them fields of study comparable to those available to white Texans. The state took over the Houston Independent School District (HISD)-run Houston College for Negroes as a basis for the new university. At the time, Houston College moved to the present site (adjacent to the University of Houston), which was donated by Hugh Roy Cullen. It had one permanent building and an existing faculty and students. The new university was charged with teaching "pharmacy, dentistry, arts and sciences, journalism education, literature, law, medicine and other professional courses." The legislature stipulated that "these courses shall be equivalent to those offered at other institutions of this type supported by the State of Texas." Given the differences in facilities and intangibles, such as the distance of the new school from Austin, the University of Texas School of Law,and other law students, the United States Supreme Court ruled the new facility did not satisfy "separate but equal" provisions. It ruled that African Americans must also be admitted to the University of Texas Law School at Austin. SeeSweatt v. Painter (1950).

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The Graduate School's major goal is that of providing an environment which supports the enhancement of research, teaching and other scholarly pursuits for students seeking advanced degrees in specialized academic disciplines. Through graduate study, a high level of scholarship is encouraged and the qualities of industry, intellectual honesty, thoroughness and accuracy are emphasized by the involvement of students in courses, seminars, independent study and research. Graduate degree programs are structured to enable students to obtain education and training in specialized academic subjects. Through these experiences, graduates are prepared to provide leadership and expertise to meet the needs and demands of our democratic society. Within the context of these goals the graduate program of the University seeks to provide an environment in which the pursuit and love of learning is nourished and enhanced to the maximum extent. The major objectives of the Graduate School are: To provide advanced programs of study in specialized academic disciplines. To provide students with knowledge of the concepts and techniques for scholarly research. To teach students to anticipate consequences and assay the validity of assumptions. To prepare students to synthesize the essence of knowledge drawn from several related courses in an academic discipline. To train students in the techniques of problem solving through the use of systematic analysis. To prepare students to become creative contributors to the advancement of knowledge and to the well-being of society. The objectives of the Graduate School are undergirded by a commitment to intellectual honesty, thoroughness, and accuracy. These virtues are emphasized by the University and apply to faculty and student involvement in courses, seminars, independent study and research. Graduate degree programs are structured to enable students to obtain specialized as well as interdisciplinary training in the various academic departments. Through legislative mandate, the University and the Graduate School are committed to the development of programs and services that enable students and faculty to study the complex urban milieu and to render service to the urban community. Therefore, an overall goal of the Graduate School is to develop highly trained graduates for service in the public and private sectors with a knowledge of and interest in providing leadership and expertise in the solution of urban problems. The policies governing admissions and the requirements for qualifying for professional certificates and degrees have been formulated to attract students who have the potential for achieving maximum benefits through an involvement in the graduate program. The ultimate aim is to develop an intellectually-oriented individual who appreciates his/her culture and is capable of achieving social, political and economic security as the result of being involved in the graduate program of Texas Southern University.



Michael Strahan 1993 Former NFL defensive end for the New York Giants, Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee. Currently a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday and co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael and Good Morning America. Yolanda Adams 1983 American Grammy, Dove-award winning Gospel music singer and radio show host. She has sold over 4.5 million albums since 1991 according to Soundscan Earnest Lee Ernie Holmes 1971 Former NFL defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, original member of the famed Steel Curtain defensive line, two-time Super Bowl Champion Honorable Barbara Charline Jordan 1956 Congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives from Texas from 1973 to 1979 Mickey Leland 1970 Anti-poverty activist and later a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus . Doris Hollis Pemberton 1955 Civic leader, reporter, and author. In 1944, she was the first African-American reporter to cover a state Democratic convention in Texas Kirk Whalum Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Rocky Williform American entrepreneur and founder of, the microblogging network for hip-hop. The one-time New York investment banker also founded StreetCred, the social network for hip-hop culture, and is the creator of the Hip-Hop Emblem. In 2011 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in hip-hop culture. Kermit Crawford 1983 President of Pharmacy, Health, Wellness Services & Solutions, at Walgreens Company Kase Lukman Lawal 1976 Chairman and CEO of CAMAC International Corporation and chairman of Allied Energy Corporation in Houston, Texas, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, CAMAC HOLDINGS; vice chairman, Port of Houston Authority Commission Rodney Ellis Member of the Texas Senate, District 13 Harry E. Johnson Current President of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc Jarvis Johnson Member of the Houston City Council from the B District Tony Wyllie Senior Vice President for the Washington Redskins. He has previously worked as an Assistant Director of Public Relations for the St. Louis Rams, the Director of Public Relations for the Tennessee Titans, and Vice President of Communications for the Houston Texans Senfronia Thompson Member of the Texas House of Representatives from the 141st district Lloyd C. A. Wells Sports photographer and civil rights activist on the behalf of black athletes Robert Taylor Winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics, and was a member of gold medal winning 4x400 m relay team at the 1975 Pan American Games,. Ken Burrough Former NFL wide receiver Joseph Anderson Current NFL wide receiver DeJuan Fulghum Former NFL linebacker Brett Maxie Former NFL defensive back and current NFL assistant coach Lloyd Mumphord Former NFL defensive back Julius Adams Former NFL defensive lineman Arthur Cox Former NFL tight end Donald Narcisse Former Canadian Football League wide receiver. CFL Hall of Fame inductee, 2010 Markus Howell Former CFL wide receiver and current CFL Assistant Coach Cortez Hankton Former NFL wide receiver Oliver Celestin Former NFL defensive back Warren Bone Former NFL player Belvin Perry Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Orlando, Florida and was involved in the Casey Anthony trial. Ronald C. Green Current City Controller of Houston and a former member of the Houston City Council Jim Hines 2 Gold medals at 1968 Olympics, First sprinter to officially break the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters



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