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1972 - Southern University [Shreveport] (1964 -- )

Southern University is a historically black university with a main campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Originally founded in 1880 in New Orleans as Southern University in New Orleans, it began its mission of providing post-secondary education for African Americans with 12 students and 5 faculty members. In 1890 the school’s name was changed to Southern University, and in 1892 it was recognized as a land grant college. In 1912 the school awarded its first baccalaureate degree, and in 1914 the campus was moved to the state capitol in Baton Rouge.

The new campus in Baton Rouge included 884 acres of land, which now supports the Agricultural Experiment Farm, the site of the school’s agricultural teaching and research programs. Other programs at this campus include arts and humanities, home economics, business, education, law, nursing, public policy and urban affairs, the sciences, and Army and Navy ROTC. In 2009 the Baton Rouge campus had 10,300 students. This campus focuses on research and classic liberal arts training for students to prepare them for careers. 

The Southern University System also includes another four-year campus in New Orleans, a two-year campus in Shreveport, and a law school in Baton Rouge. The four campuses were united as a system in 1975 by the state legislature, creating the largest historically black university in the United States.  The combined enrollment of the four campuses in 2009 was 16,229.

During the civil rights movement, Southern University, Baton Rouge was a focus for student protests. On November 16, 1972, two students were shot and killed by police who were trying to remove them from an administration building that protesters had occupied. Although this happened only two years after the Kent State shootings, the Southern University shootings received much less media attention.

Southern University, New Orleans (SUNO) was established in 1959 and is one of the first historically black schools to be established after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision which

1972 - Southern University [New Orleans] (1956-- )

Southern University is a historically black university with a main campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Originally founded in 1880 in New Orleans as Southern University in New Orleans, it began its mission of providing post-secondary education for African Americans with 12 students and 5 faculty members. In 1890 the school’s name was changed to Southern University, and in 1892 it was recognized as a land grant college. In 1912 the school awarded its first baccalaureate degree, and in 1914 the campus was moved to the state capitol in Baton Rouge.

The new campus in Baton Rouge included 884 acres of land, which now supports the Agricultural Experiment Farm, the site of the school’s agricultural teaching and research programs. Other programs at this campus include arts and humanities, home economics, business, education, law, nursing, public policy and urban affairs, the sciences, and Army and Navy ROTC. In 2009 the Baton Rouge campus had 10,300 students. This campus focuses on research and classic liberal arts training for students to prepare them for careers.  

The Southern University System also includes another four-year campus in New Orleans, a two-year campus in Shreveport, and a law school in Baton Rouge. The four campuses were united as a system in 1975 by the state legislature, creating the largest historically black university in the United States.  The combined enrollment of the four campuses in 2009 was 16,229.

During the civil rights movement, Southern University, Baton Rouge was a focus for student protests. On November 16, 1972, two students were shot and killed by police who were trying to remove them from an administration building that protesters had occupied. Although this happened only two years after the Kent State shootings, the Southern University shootings received much less media attention.

Southern University, New Orleans (SUNO) was established in 1956 and is one of the first historically black schools to be established after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision which

Politics Facts

1999 - Lewis, Delano Eugene (1938 - )

On November 16, 1999 President William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton nominated Delano Eugene Lewis to be the United States Ambassador to South Africa.  Lewis was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and served in that capacity from 1999 to 2001.  Having spent much of his adult life to that point as an attorney and businessman, Lewis was a non-career appointee.  Lewis had also held leadership roles with the U.S. Peace Corps and National Public Radio.

Delano Eugene Lewis was born on November 12, 1938 in Arkansas City, Kansas.  He was the only child of Raymond Ernest Lewis and Enna L. Lewis.  The family moved to Kansas City, Kansas where Lewis graduated from Sumner High School in 1956. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History at the University of Kansas in 1960, and a law degree from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas in 1963. Lewis and his wife, the former Gayle Carolyn Jones, were married in 1960. They have four sons: Delano Jr., Geoffrey, Brian, and Phillip.

After graduation, Lewis went to work as an attorney in the U.S. Justice Department and later in the Office of Compliance in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  From 1966 to 1969 he was associate director and country director for the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Uganda.  In the early 1970s Lewis became involved in the campaign to establish home rule for Washington, D.C., and he chaired the Voice of Informed Community Expression (VOICE), which led the effort.  Congress approved home rule for the District in 1973. He later ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the new Council of the District of Columbia.  

Lewis also served as a legislative assistant for Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke and Washington Delegate (Congressman) Walter E. Fauntroy.  In 1978 and 1982 Lewis worked on the successful mayoral campaigns of Marion Barry.

In 1973 Lewis began his corporate career as the public affairs manager for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company, eventually becoming its CEO in 1990.  He also served terms as President of

1972 - Southern University Law Center [New Orleans] (1947-- )

Southern University is a historically black university with a main campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Originally founded in 1880 in New Orleans as Southern University in New Orleans, it began its mission of providing post-secondary education for African Americans with 12 students and 5 faculty members. In 1890 the school’s name was changed to Southern University, and in 1892 it was recognized as a land grant college. In 1912 the school awarded its first baccalaureate degree, and in 1914 the campus was moved to the state capitol in Baton Rouge.

The new campus in Baton Rouge included 884 acres of land, which now supports the Agricultural Experiment Farm, the site of the school’s agricultural teaching and research programs. Other programs at this campus include arts and humanities, home economics, business, education, law, nursing, public policy and urban affairs, the sciences, and Army and Navy ROTC. In 2009 the Baton Rouge campus had 10,300 students. This campus focuses on research and classic liberal arts training for students to prepare them for careers.  

The Southern University System also includes another four-year campus in New Orleans, a two-year campus in Shreveport, and a law school in Baton Rouge. The four campuses were united as a system in 1975 by the state legislature, creating the largest historically black university in the United States.  The combined enrollment of the four campuses in 2009 was 16,229.

During the civil rights movement, Southern University, Baton Rouge was a focus for student protests. On November 16, 1972, two students were shot and killed by police who were trying to remove them from an administration building that protesters had occupied. Although this happened only two years after the Kent State shootings, the Southern University shootings received much less media attention.

Southern University, New Orleans (SUNO) was established in 1959 and is one of the first historically black schools to be established after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision which

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