West Virginia State University

Seal of West Virginia State University
Seal of West Virginia State University
John Warren Davis, fifth President
A Yellow Jackets catcher tags a UIS baserunner during a 2020 baseball game

Public historically black, land-grant university in Institute, West Virginia.

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Land-grant university

Institution of higher education in the United States designated by a state to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.

Land-grant universities
Painting of an early land-grant college (Kansas State University) from the Westward Expansion Corridor at the U.S. Capitol
Postal Service commemorative stamp

West Virginia State University, a historically black university, is the only current land-grant university to have lost land-grant status (when desegregation cost it its state funding in 1957) and then subsequently regained it, which happened in 2001.

Institute, West Virginia

Unincorporated community on the Kanawha River in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States.

Sign at Contra Costa Centre Transit Village, an unincorporated community in Contra Costa County, California, north of the city of Walnut Creek.

Institute is home to West Virginia State University (formerly the West Virginia Colored Institute and the source of the town's toponym) and the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Carter G. Woodson

American historian, author, journalist, and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Portrait of Woodson from West Virginia Collegiate Institute's El Ojo yearbook picture (1923)
Carter Woodson biographical cartoon by Charles Alston, 1943

He taught at historically black colleges Howard University and West Virginia State University but spent most his career in Washington, DC managing the ASLAAH, public speaking, writing, and publishing.

Historically black colleges and universities

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.

Cheyney University was founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, making it the oldest HBCU in the nation
President George H. W. Bush signs a new Executive Order on historically black colleges and universities in the White House Rose Garden, April 1989
North Carolina A&T State University is the largest HBCU in the nation.
Vice President Kamala Harris with black students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Booker T. Washington, educator, orator, and advisor (Hampton)
W. E. B. Du Bois, sociologist, historian, and activist (Fisk)
Thurgood Marshall, first Black Supreme Court justice (Lincoln, Howard)
Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the civil rights movement (Morehouse)
Toni Morrison, acclaimed novelist and Nobel laureate (Howard)
Jesse Jackson, minister and politician (North Carolina A&T)
Ruth Simmons, first African-American president in the Ivy League (Dillard)
Samuel L. Jackson, actor and film producer (Morehouse)
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and media mogul (Tenn State)
Spike Lee, film director and producer (Morehouse)
Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States (Howard)
Taraji P. Henson, actress (Howard)
Common, rapper and actor (Florida A&M)
Chadwick Boseman actor and playwright (Howard)

Some historically black colleges and universities now have non-black majorities, including West Virginia State University and Bluefield State College, whose student bodies have had large white majorities since the mid-1960s.

Booker T. Washington

American educator, author, orator, and adviser to several presidents of the United States.

Booker T. Washington in 1905
Washington early in his career
The Oaks – Booker T. Washington's house at Tuskegee University
A history class conducted at the Tuskegee Institute in 1902
Washington circa 1895, by Frances Benjamin Johnston
Booker T. Washington with his third wife Margaret and two sons, Ernest, left and Booker T., Jr., right
Washington giving a speech at Carnegie Hall in New York City, 1909
Washington's wealthy friends included Andrew Carnegie and Robert Curtis Ogden, seen here in 1906 while visiting Tuskegee Institute.
Handbill from 1909 tour of southern Virginia and West Virginia.
Booker Washington and Theodore Roosevelt at Tuskegee Institute, 1905
Booker T. Washington's coffin being carried to grave site.
Booker T. Washington was honored on a Commemorative U.S. Postage stamp, issue of 1940.
Sculpture of Booker T. Washington at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
1951 Carver-Washington commemorative half dollar

In 1891 he lobbied the West Virginia legislature to locate the newly authorized West Virginia Colored Institute (today West Virginia State University) in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia near Charleston.

Charleston, West Virginia

Capital and most populous city of West Virginia.

Zero Milestone
Charleston Town Center
Capitol Street in downtown Charleston
Kanawha River in downtown Charleston
Picture of Charleston and surroundings by the ISS
Photograph of Charleston West Virginia taken from the International Space Station (ISS)
Map of Charleston and vicinity
Charleston City Hall, West Virginia, in 2009
Kanawha County Courthouse
Yeager Airport
The Elk River near its mouth in Charleston in 2001.
Interstate 64 crosses through downtown Charleston on a viaduct.

West Virginia State University is in the local area as well as West Virginia University and Marshall University satellite campuses.

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Collegiate athletic conference, mostly consisting of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

1942 - West Virginia State College (now West Virginia State University) joined the CIAA, effective in the 1942-43 academic year.

Central State University

Public, historically black land-grant university in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Emery Hall

CSU's main athletic rivals are Kentucky State University and West Virginia State University.

V-12 Navy College Training Program

Designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the United States Navy during World War II.

Robert F. Kennedy (second from left) while completing his V-12 studies at Bates College; in the background is a snow replica of a naval ship.
Alfred J. Eggers served as NASA's Assistant Administrator for Policy from January 1968 through March 1971.

West Virginia State College

West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Collegiate athletic conference which historically operated exclusively in the state of West Virginia, but briefly had one Kentucky member in its early years, and expanded into Pennsylvania in its final years.

1955 - Bluefield State College and West Virginia State College joined the WVIAC, effective in the 1955-56 academic year.