Established in 1927 as the Houston Colored Junior College on September 14th, Texas Southern University is located in Houston, Texas. The college was one of two junior colleges funded by the Houston Public School Board; the other school was for whites. In 1934 the school was changed to a four-year college with the name of Houston College for Negroes. The addition of a new law school for Negroes led the school to be named Texas State University for Negroes for 3 years before students petitioned the state legislature to remove the phrase “for Negroes.”
Notable Alum Include: Former NFL player and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan; singer Jennifer Holliday; and Leslie D. King, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice.