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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A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is a graduate of the historic Fisk University ’03. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University, ’14, where she formerly taught in the department of history, geography and political science. A professional historian and passionate HBCU advocate, she is editor-in-chief of the forthcoming The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. She is also a regular contributor to HBCU Digest, is a co-host of Black Docs radio show, and offers a wide-range of expertise on multiple topics including history, culture, education, black fraternity and sorority life and of course HBCUs. Follow her on twitter at @HBCUstorian, visit her website at, or contact her via email at