A Portrait of Southern University: History, Achievements, and Great Football Traditions 1880-2012
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Southern University and A&M College is the Soul Mother of the Jaguar Nation. From its humble beginnings in 1880 in the city of New Orleans as a higher education institution for “people of color” to the present day, she has provided shelter, protection, and inspiration for the underprivileged for 134 years. Southern University has been a world leader in the production of scholars, military officers, and sportsmen. The outstanding leaders highlighted include P. B. S Pinchback, J. S. Clark, Felton Clark, Mel Blount, Bob Love, Lou Brock, and Willie Davenport. The 1948 Jaguars’ (12–0) 30–0 victory over San Francisco State Beavers in Kezar Stadium gave credibility to black college football. This book is divided in three parts. A brief overview of each part is given below.
Near the close of the Reconstruction period, P. B. S Pinchback, T. T. Allain, and T. B. Stamps led the movement that resulted in the establishment of Southern University. During its 32 years in New Orleans, the Tuskegee Model of industrial education was emphasized. In 1890, the university received federal funds to supplement its annual $10,000 appropriations. Under the leadership of J. S. Clark, the university was—in 1914—relocated to its present site. Under the leadership of Felton G. Clark, the university became nationally recognized and the largest HBCU in the nation.
The achievements of the university are highlighted by its graduates. Profiles of forty-six graduates, more than 500 terminal degree holders, ninety CPAs, and six families are provided.
The 95-year existence of the Southern University football program has been an elite one in Black college football. Under eighteen head coaches, including the great ones of Brice Union Taylor (USC), A. W. “Ace” Mumford (Wiberforce), and Pete Richardson (Dayton), the Jaguars won 558 games, including nine bowl games. The 1948 Fruit Bowl victory (30–0) over San Francisco State was historic, marking the first bowl game and the second game between an all-Black team and an all-White team. A. W. “Ace” Mumford (1936–1961) with 246 victories is second only to Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University among Black coaches.
A complete history of the Bayou Classic is given. The Jaguar Nation including the Human Jukebox Marching 235, the top-ranked band in the nation, and the Dancing Dolls are highlighted.
EVERETT D. GIBSON was born in Heflin, Louisiana, and is a 1951 cum laude mathematics graduate of Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a U.S. Air Force and Korean Veteran, obtaining the rank of captain. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana. His early teaching career began in Bienville and Webster Parishes and concluded at Southern University as Professor Emeritus and football historian. Presently, he is a commissioner and was recently inducted into the Southern University Sports Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the MLK Drum Major Service and Lifetime Achievements Awards. He is the co-author of one mathematics textbook and several articles in professional journals. He has twice received graduate chapters Omega Psi Phi Man-of-the-Year Awards. While teaching at Webster High School in Minden, Louisiana, he served as the school’s special sports reporter to the Shreveport Journal and Jet Magazine. Dr. Gibson had a short but exemplary military career, receiving a direct commission in meteorology with the rank of second lieutenant, and the rank of captain was obtained through the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He also completed special training in budget and management analysis, finance, and statistics. His teaching career was an exemplary one. Among the many awards he received were (1) 1967 4th District (Bossier, Bienville, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Red River, and Webster Parishes) of the Louisiana Education Association (LEA) High School Teacher-of-the-Year Award; (2) 1967 Webster Parish Educator of the Year; (3) 1969 Southern University Mathematics Department Teacher-of-the-Year Award (first year); and, (4) 1980 Southern University Teacher of Excellence Award. Several of his students have gone on to receive Ph.D. degrees from schools like MIT, Stanford, and LSU. In 1965–66, Dr. Gibson was a National Science Academic Fellow in mathematics, and in 1972–74 he was a Graduate College Fellow at the University of Illinois. In his quest for excellence in teaching mathematics, he created the Gibson Method of Teaching Mathematics, a student-centered method that aids students—especially disadvantaged students—in learning advanced mathematics. Dr. Gibson is considered an expert not only on Southern University football, but also on the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Black College Football, and the Bayou Classic. During the last sixty years, he has been an eyewitness to many of these historic games.