|Southern University System President/ Chancellor Dr. Ray Belton, standing second from far right, poses for a photo with the presidents of the 1890 Universities in Congress' Agriculture Committee Chamber.|
|Individuals visit the Southern University Ag Center display during the 1890 University Exhibit on July 15 in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.|
Baton Rouge, LA- Southern University System President/ Chancellor Ray Belton and several members of the SU Ag Center and Baton Rouge campus participated in the Capitol Hill celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Signing of the Second Morrill Act of 1890. This Act created land-grant universities for African-Americans.
The celebration, which was held in Washington, D. C. from July 14 – 16, 2015, provided an opportunity for the presidents of the 19 Historically Black land-grant universities to testify before congress on the accomplishments and importance of each institution. The universities also participated in an exhibit displaying their campus academic, research, and outreach program offerings.
The event concluded with a convocation in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Jefferson Building in the Library of Congress. Convocation speakers included U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, U.S. Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, and U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe.