Think HBCU is a national campaign by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased as critical venue for moving students to and through college.To implement this initiative Xi Beta Omega’s Target I committee will highlight a HBCU monthly. This month’s #ThinkHBCU Spotlight is Albany State University in Albany, GA.
Albany State University is a historically black university in Albany, Georgia. It was founded in 1903 by Joseph Winthrop Holley, a native of South Carolina. This son of former slaves was inspired by the writings of W.E.B. DuBois to try to improve conditions for the South’s African American population by offering industrial and religious education. The first incarnation of the school was the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute, and initially the school‘s goal was to offer primary and secondary education and to train teachers. In 1917, the school gained state funding and a board of trustees and was renamed the Georgia Normal and Agricultural College. Also in 1917 it began offering two year post-secondary degrees.
In 1932 the school gained affiliation with the Georgia University System and in 1943 the school’s name was again changed, this time to Albany State College. This name change marked the development of the school into a four year university. The same year Albany State College awarded its first baccalaureate degree. In 1996 the institution adopted its current name in recognition of the school’s autonomous graduate programs.
For more information on The Unsinkable Albany State University visit www.asurams.edu. Also join the ’08 campaign by donating $8 to your favorite HBCU. Sign-in to the Members Only section of www.aka1908.com, go to the ‘Online Store’ and select ‘Donation- HBCU 08 Campaign’ to donate a minimum of $8 to the HBCU of your choice!