Thursday, April 23

Southern University Wellness Walk Teaches 1890 History Lesson

Walk in session
Dr. Peoples brings greetings to participants

The young and old walking together

Dr. Brown gives closing remarks

Walkers warm up ready to move

Students - Allen, left and Taylor learn while they walk
Baton Rouge, La - In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act, the SU community held a wellness walk on Thursday, April 23. The walk started at 9:00 am from Pinkie Thrift Hall, through campus and concluded at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. The registration fee was $18.90; with all of the proceeds going toward the University’s Justin Morrill Scholarship Fund. Dr. VerJanis Peoples, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the SU Baton Rouge campus, gave the opening remarks before the walk and Dr. Adell Brown, Exec. Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Research at the SU Ag Center gave the closing remarks. Displays on the history of 1890 and SU were set up for participants to view in Pinkie E. Thrift and A.O. Williams Halls.

During the walk, which had more than 100 students, faculty and staff and community participants, some students were asked why they walked with the group. Victoria Allen, a junior majoring in Psychology and Delovely Taylor, a senior majoring in Accounting both answered, “For fitness and health.” The opportunity presented itself for a brief lesson on the 1890 history. 

Senator Justin Morrill introduced the Second Morrill Act of 1890. This Act, which was passed by Congress, included the stipulated that African Americans were to be included in the U. S. Land-Grant University Higher Education System without discrimination. Today, the Southern University System and 18 other institutions proudly carry the distinction of 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

The Southern University System will continue to hold events through the year to celebrate this occasion.

For additional information about upcoming events for the 1890 celebration planned by the Southern University System visit,


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