Rochon speaks about role of land grant institutions at Middle District of Alabama Bankruptcy Court Black History program
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (February 24, 2012) — On Thursday, Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon was keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Black History Celebration held by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
Rochon’s speech centered on the history of land grant colleges and universities in Alabama. Tuskegee is one of three such institutions in the state. The land-grant designation stems from action by the U.S. Congress in the 1860s and 1890s to grant land to each state in order to establish colleges. The other two institutions in Alabama are Auburn University and Alabama A&M University.
Rochon, who is the sixth president of Tuskegee since its founding by former slave Booker T. Washington in 1881, also said Historically Black Colleges and Universities have had and still continue to have a vital role in this country.
“Education was the primary means by which our ancestors escaped to some extent grinding poverty and the humiliation of segregation,” Rochon said.
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