Southern University and A&M College, also known as Southern University at Baton Rouge, is a historically black 1890 land-grant institution. It was chartered in 1880 in New Orleans as a state-supported institution for the education of Black Louisianans. The campus is located on Scott’s Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. From the late 1930s to the Early 70s, Southern became one of the largests historically black colleges, by enrollment, in the nation. Racial segregation in higher education is said to have promoted Southern’s growth and development. For example, Southern opened a law school after civil rights activists demanded admission to the Louisiana State University Law School in 1947.
Notable Alumni Include: record producer Randy Jackson; first African American mayor of Baton Rouge, Melvin “Kip” Holden; and jazz artist Maurice Brown.