Dear Langston U. Let's Celebrate You at 115

Established on March 12, 1897 as the Colored Agricultural and Normal University (CANU), Langston University was founded in the all-black town of Langston, Oklahoma. Led by its first President Inman Edward Page–who is known as “the grand old man of education”–the university grew in size and in student body. The school also notably boasted both industrial-agricultural training and a liberal arts curriculum.

Notable alumni include pioneering woman pilot Bessie Coleman and Fisk, Talladega, Benedict, NAFEO and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. former president Dr. Henry Ponder.


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Bahamian-born "HBCUstorian" Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is the founder of HBCUstory and an associate professor of history at Kentucky State University where she formerly directed the award-winning Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal. She a dynamic professional historian and a passionate Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. A graduate of the historic Fisk, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee State universities, she is the convener of the HBCUstory Symposium, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. A passionate believer in the historic mission and future vision for HBCUs, her primary areas of specialization are black higher education and the civil rights struggle.