Historical Black Colleges In The South Are The Foundation Of "The Black Church" Today!
Show me your roots today? As Porch Talks continue in the Grambling area of Louisiana right down the street from my Great Aunt & Uncle's 6 Bedroom two story home, I remember when I was 13 years old, and there was plenty of food on the table at my Grandmother's house.
Tea cakes to carry you out on the Interstate 80 straight into California from Lousiana. Stopping on the side of the road to rest or change drivers as a self-determination way to protest freedom. Speaking to me in Choctaw-English out of respect for my father who was born in Mississippi. Blacks or Coloreds could not sleep inside hotels, sit inside restaurants, or drink clean water. Why were Blacks forced to sit on the "Back" seat of a bus? Why was Rosa Parkers arrested over a full bus? Why did the transportation almost get placed out of business due to her bold statement to sit in the front of the bus? Why did Harriet Tubman run an underground railroad although her head was hit and inflicted with trauma from a Slave Master? It was revealed that Harriet suffered from Seizures while traveling into the woods to shelter blacks on her trails to freedom. Excellent thoughts! Today she is on a $20 bill! All for the sign above...... and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Fighting silently for Blacks to eat inside of a restaurant, etc. What did Blacks from the South endure to meet success today?
As my 81-year-old Auntie stimulates her mind in support of Blacks today, Porch Talks for Blacks were and are often used to understand the next strategy of tomorrow from the "Works" of yesterday.
Grambling State University, "Tigers"....Where Everybody is Somebody. A Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. How was it founded in 1901? By demand of course! In 1896, Black Farmers collaborated to form what is known as the Colored Agriculture Relief Association to make it possible for Blacks to request assistance from Tuskegee Institute's Booker T. Washington and Charles P. Adams for help to help another with an industrial school. From that successful collaboration, Adams became the founding president of Grambling State University.
According to Grambling's history, the college expanded from a two-year degree to a 1936 curriculum for active Rural Black Teacher Education. In 1974, the name changed to Grambling State University, and today still offers academic programs on its 384-acre campus to include business and computer science, nursing, and intramural sports.
And guess what! You can still find your husband inside of the "Black Church" next door.