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{{Infobox University |name = Tougaloo College |image = |caption = |motto =Where History Meets the Future |tagline = |established = 1869 |type =[[Private College |affiliation =United Church of Christ |endowment =$8 million |staff = |faculty =108 |president =Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan |students = |undergrad =913 (in 2006-2007) |city = Tougaloo |state = Mississippi |country = USA |campus = suburban, 500 acres |free_label = |free = |colors = Royal Blue and Scarlet             |mascot = Bulldog, Eagle |fightsong = |nickname = |affiliations =National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Gulf Coast Athletic Conference |footnotes = |website = http://www.tougaloo.edu/ |address = 500 West County Line Road
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Tougaloo College is a private, co-educational, liberal arts institution of higher education founded in 1869, in Madison County, on the northern edge of Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, the thirteenth and first female president, began her tenure in 2002. Under her leadership, there has been a 12% increase in enrollment and the retention rate is now 68%. Madison County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. ... : Crossroads of the South : The city of Grace and Benevolence United States Mississippi Hinds, (very small portions in Madison and Rankin) 106. ...


Tougaloo College is ranked as one of the Best in the Southeast by Princeton Review (2007 and 2008 editione) and one of the top 20 liberal arts institutions in the nation by The Washington Monthly (2007 edition). It is also included in the U.S. News and World Report's list of best colleges (2007 edition) and is ranked in the top 20 of the Best Black Colleges by U.S. News and World Report (2008 edition).


According to the National Science Foundation, Tougaloo College ranks among the top 50 U.S. institutions whose graduates earn PhDs in science and engineering disciplines and among the top 15 historically black colleges and universities in the graduation of minority males and females with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences. The College has produced more graduates who have completed their PhD degrees through the UNCF-Mellon Doctoral Fellowship Program than any other institution in the nation.

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History

In 1869, the American Missionary Association of New York purchased five hundred acres of one of the largest former plantations to form Tougaloo University. In 1871, the Legislature of the State of Mississippi granted the institution a charter under the name of Tougaloo University. Tougaloo remained predominantly a teacher training school until 1892, when the College ceased to receive aid from the state. Courses for college credit were first offered in 1897, and the first Bachelor of Arts degree was awarded in 1901. In 1916, the name of the institution was changed to Tougaloo College.


Six years after Tougaloo's founding, the Home Missionary Society of the Disciples of Christ obtained a charter from the Mississippi State Legislature to establish a school at Edwards, Mississippi, to be known as Southern Christian Institute. The two schools had similar ideals and goals, and therefore, were able to merge in 1954. The new college combined the resources of the two supporting bodies and renewed its dedication to educational advancement and the improvement of race relations in Mississippi. The alumni bodies of the two institutions united to become the National Alumni Association of Tougaloo Southern Christian College. In 1962, by vote of the Board of Trustees, and with the agreement of the supporting bodies, the name was changed again to Tougaloo College.


Campus

Tougaloo College is often characterized as a very special place. It is a place where not only does history meet the future, but shapes the future - a place that values traditions and a place where traditions triumph amidst the ever-changing landscape of today's higher educational environment. Amidst these traditions are distinctive resources.


The campus includes a Historic District, which is comprised of ten buildings that are each listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The three anchors of the Historic District are the Robert O. Wilder Building also known as "The Mansion," Woodworth Chapel, and Brownlee Gymnasium. Standing in the center of the College campus, "The Mansion" overlooks the ensemble of buildings forming the College's historic core. The Mansion, constructed in 1860, as the home of John W. Boddie, a wealthy cotton planter and the centerpiece of his 2,000 acre plantation, became the nucleus for Tougaloo College and is the oldest building on the College campus. It is presently being restored.


Woodworth Chapel, originally known as Woodworth Church, was lovingly built in 1901, by dedicated students under the direction of Walker Frazier, head carpenter. It was restored and rededicated in 2002. In September 2004, the National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Tougaloo College the National Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of Woodworth Chapel. The restoration was also recognized by the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects who bestowed its Honor Award. Located in the heart of the campus beside Woodworth Chapel is the third anchor of the Historic District, Brownlee Gymnasium. Built in 1947, the building was named in honor of Dr. Fred L. Brownlee, former general secretary of the American Missionary Association.


Located in the heart of the campus beside Woodworth Chapel is the third anchor of the Historic District, Brownlee Gymnasium. Built in 1947, the building was named in honor of Dr. Fred L. Brownlee, former general secretary of the American Missionary Association.


Another distinctive resource is the College's prestigious Tougaloo Art Collection. It was begun in 1963, by a group of prominent New York artists, curators and critics, initiated by the late Dr. Ronald Schnell, Professor Emeritus of Art, as a mechanism to motiate his art students. The collection is comprised of pieces by African American, American and European artists. Included in the African American portion of the collection are pieces by notable African American artists Jacob Lawrence, Romare Beardon, David Driskell, Richard Hunt, Elizabeth Catlett, and Hale Woodruff. The Tougaloo Art Collection is acknowledged as one of the best college art holdings in the United States and includes one of the nation's most extensive collections of artistic materials documenting the Civil Rights Movement. There are 1,150 works in the Tougaloo Art Collection including paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, various forms of graphic art and ornamental pieces.


The Tougaloo Art Colony is another distinctive resource of the College. Begun in 1997 under the leadership of former College trustee, Jane Hearn, the Tougaloo Art Colony affords its participants exposure to and intensive instruction by nationally and internationally renowned artists. The annual one-week venue is held in July and includes a Thursday night event open to the public. Past instructors include David Driskell, David R. MacDonald, John McDaniel, Akemi Nakana Cohn, Moe Booker, Jamaal Sheats, Jerre Allen, Kevin Cole, Gail Shaw-Clemons, and Hyun Chong Kim.


Tougaloo College is also home to The Civil Rights Library and Archives, considered to be one of the foremost repositories of the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Scholars from around the world regularly use the holdings to support their research. Among the items in The Civil Rights Library and Archives are the original papers, photographs and memorabilia of such luminaries as Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Wiley Evers and Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, it contains works of notable writers, poets and blues great, B.B. King. Many of these are rare, valuable first editions.


The College established the Medgar Wiley Evers Museum in 1996. The home of Mr. Evers and his family was donated to Tougaloo College by his wife and College trustee, Myrlie Evers-Williams, and their children. In 1996, the home was restored to its original condition at the time of Mr. Evers' assassination in the driveway. The College was awarded a historic appropriation grant from the state of Mississippi and an in-kind contribution of furnishings from Castle Rock Productions during the filming of "Ghosts of Mississippi," which chronicled the quest for justice following Mr. Evers' assassination. The museum is open to the public. Myrlie Evers-Arias (born March 17, 1933, nee Myrlie Beasley in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is an African American activist. ...


Students and faculty

Tougaloo College's faculty and the administration challenge students to be prepared to fulfill leadership roles and to make meaningful differences in our society. Civic engagement and social responsibility are integral parts of "The Tougaloo Experience."


Throughout the College's history, its faculty and students have always been in the forefront as catalysts for change. Known as the "Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi," Tougaloo College faculty were instrumental in changing the racist mores and practices prevalent in Mississippi. The leading faculty activists were Ed King and Ernest Borinski. The "Tougaloo Nine," a group of students who integrated the Jackson Public Library, were the catalysts for student participation in the Jackson community.


Today, more than 40% of Mississippi's practicing African-American physicians, dentists, other health professionals, and attorneys are graduates of Tougaloo College. Over 35% of the State's teachers and administrators at the elementary and secondary levels are Tougalooians.


Tougaloo's athletic teams use the name Bulldogs, and Lady Bulldogs for women's sports. The Tougaloo College Department of Athletics sponsors eight intercollegiate sports: men's baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's tennis, women's tennis, and men's golf.


Noted alumni

  • Myrna Alexander-Nickens, MD, cardiologist
  • Reuben Anderson, first African American State Supreme Court Judge and graduate of the University of Mississippi Law School
  • Edward Blackmon, Esq., legislator and nationally renowned attorney
  • Joanne Boyd-Scotland, PhD, president of Denmark Technical College, Denmark, SC
  • Matthew Burks, EdD, past president of Arkansas Baptist College
  • Margaret A. Burnham, Professor of Law at Northeastern University
  • Isaac K. Byrd, Jr., Esq., nationally renowned trial attorney
  • Aunjanue Ellis, actor
  • Robert E. Honeysucker, opera singer
  • Dr. Lillie McCain, PhD, Psychologist
  • Deborah Hyde, MD, one of four African American female neurosurgeons in the U.S.
  • Chazeman Jackson, Gates Millennium Scholar and PhD candidate in microbiology, Howard University
  • Okoro Harold Johnson, actor, director and playwright
  • Joyce Ladner, PhD, sociologist, civil rights activist, and first female president of Howard University
  • Anne Moody, author and civil rights activist
  • Bettye Parker-Smith, author, scholar and first female president of Dillard University
  • Rosentene Bennett Purnell, PhD, British literature scholar and university professor
  • Oscar Allen Rogers, PhD, former president of Claflin College
  • Jessie L. Sherrod, MD, MPH, physician
  • Mary Evans Sias, PhD, first female president of Kentucky State University
  • Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esq., attorney and first African American female graduate of the University of Mississippi Law School
  • Aaron Shirley, MD, founder of Jackson Medical Mall and recipient of MacArthur "Genius" award
  • Edgar E. Smith, PhD, biochemist and molecular biologist, professor emeritus, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
  • Dennis C. Sweet, Esq.,nationally renowned trial lawyer
  • Bennie Thompson, U.S. Congressman
  • Walter Turnbull, PhD, founder of the Boys Choir of Harlem
  • Jerry Ward, PhD, author, Richard Wright scholar and university professor
  • Walter Washington, PhD, past president of Alcorn State University
  • Joffre T. Whisenton, PhD, past president of Southern University

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