Alcorn State University is a historically black university located near Lorman, Mississippi. Founded in 1871 by the Reconstruction era legislature, the university was the first black land grant college in the United States and provided higher education for freedmen. Medgar Evers, the first NAACP field secretary, graduated from Alcorn State University in 1948. In addition, the school boasts alumni who were and are leaders in civil rights, business, medicine, and politics including Alex Haley, Horace R. Cayton Sr., Gwen Belton, Katie G. Dorsett, and Joseph Edison Walker. When protests erupted on Alcorn’s campus in the 1960s, the presidents had to shut the demonstrations down for fear of losing their jobs, since the segregationist state legislature controlled the school.
“Alcorn State University,” Wikipedia, 8 August 2012, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcorn_State_University.
Josephine M. Posey, Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State, University Press of Mississippi, 1994.
Josephine M. Posey, “About Alcorn: Brief History,” Alcorn State University, http://www.alcorn.edu/about/default.aspx?id=559.