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Langston University

Langston University seal
Motto Education for Service
Established March 12, 1897 (1897-03-12)
Type Public
Land-grant
HBCU
President JoAnn W. Haysbert
Students 3,922
Location Langston, Oklahoma,
United States
Campus Rural
Former names Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University
Colors Navy Blue and Orange
         
Nickname Lions
Athletics NAIA
Affiliations Red River Athletic Conference
Website www.lunet.edu
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Langston University is an institution of higher learning located in Langston, Oklahoma, USA. It is the only historically black college in the state, and the westernmost historically black college in the United States. Though located in a rural setting just 10 miles east of Guthrie, Langston also serves an urban mission with University Centers in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

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History

The school was founded in 1897 and was known as the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University. Langston University was created as a result of the second Morrill Act in 1890. The law required states with land-grant colleges (such as Oklahoma State University, then Oklahoma A&M) to either admit African-Americans, or provide an alternative school for them to attend as a condition of receiving federal funds.[1] Langston University is named for John Mercer Langston (1829-1897), civil rights pioneer, first African American member of Congress from Virginia, founder of the Howard University Law School, and American consul-general to Haiti.

Poet Melvin B. Tolson taught at Langston from 1947 until 1964. Tolson was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film The Great Debaters.

Academics

The University offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines. It is known as a leader in the field of agricultural research, and hosts the internationally recognized E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research. The School currently has an open doors admissions policy. LU has nearly 3,000 students from several states representing a diverse student body at an Oklahoma college[citation needed].

The university was accredited with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2005.[2]

Student activities

The student life at Langston University garnered the attention of BET and the second season of the reality television show College Hill was filmed there.

The university boasts one of the nation's top choral programs and its nearly 150 piece show band is sought after for bowl games, parades, government ceremonies and marching competitions across the nation and abroad.[citation needed]

The Langston University Quiz Bowl team won games against Spelman and an all-star team from the City Colleges of Chicago on the 2009 nationally televised "Black College Quiz" show airing nationally throughout Black History Month in 2009 to make the championship game.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Bessie Coleman The first African American woman pilot and the first American woman to obtain an International Pilot's license. Coleman enrolled in 1910, but because of a lack of funds, she only completed one term [3]
Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Langston graduate who stood at the forefront of the fight to integrate historically white law schools in the South
Dr. William H. Hale Past President of Langston University and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Nathan Hare Founding publisher of The Black Scholar (1969-1975) and author of The Black Anglo Saxons. Also wrote the conceptual proposal for the first department of black studies and was the first person hired to coordinate a black studies program in the United States (1968).
Marques Haynes starred in basketball and football at Langston before going on to captain the Harlem Globetrotters and induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame
Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson 1974 Pro-Bowl linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys (1974-1979). [4]
Dr. Ernest L. Holloway Past President Langston University
Dr. Henry Ponder Past President of Fisk University, Talladega College, Benedict College, NAFEO and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Norma Tucker Past President of Merritt College
William Hytche Past President of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, formerly Maryland State College
James Rosser President of California State University at Los Angeles for almost three decades, attended Langston University for a year on a basketball scholarship
Chad Ocho Cinco Wide Receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He did not play football at Langston, and never completed a degree [5]
Matthew Hatchette 1997 wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Amsterdam Admirals (1997-2003).
Robert DoQui Actor

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Simple English

Langston University
Motto Education for Service
Established Not recognized as a date. Years must have 4 digits (use leading zeros for years < 1000).
Type Public
Land-grant
HBCU
President JoAnn W. Haysbert
Students 3,922
Place Langston, Oklahoma,
United States
Campus Rural
Athletics NAIA
Nickname Lions
Website www.lunet.edu

Langston University is an university in Langston, Oklahoma, USA. It is the only historically black college in the state. It is the westernmost historically black college in the United States. Though located in a rural setting just 10 miles east of Guthrie, Langston also serves an urban mission with University Centers in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

Contents

History

The school was started in 1897. Tbe school was first known as the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University. Langston University was created because of the second Morrill Act in 1890. The law made states with land grant colleges (such as Oklahoma State University, then Oklahoma A&M) to either allow African-Americans in as students, or provide an alternative school for them to attend. This was required in order to receive federal money.[1] Langston University is named for John Mercer Langston (1829-1897). He was a civil rights pioneer. He was the first African American member of Congress from Virginia. Langston started the Howard University Law School. He also served as American consul-general to Haiti.

Poet Melvin B. Tolson taught at Langston from 1947 until 1964. Tolson was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film The Great Debaters.

Academics

The University offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines. It is known as a leader in the field of agricultural research. It hosts the internationally known E (Kika) de la Garza Institute for Goat Research. The School currently has an open doors admissions policy.

The university was accredited with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2005.[2]

Student activities

The student life at Langston University got the attention of BET and the second season of the reality television show College Hill was filmed there. The Langston University Quiz Bowl team won games against Spelman and an all-star team from the City Colleges of Chicago on the 2009 nationally televised "Black College Quiz" show airing nationally throughout Black History Month in 2009 to make the championship game.

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