Southern University celebrates 141 years, March 8 -12

SU Founders Week

Southern University and A&M College commemorates its annual Founders’ Day and 141st anniversary during the week of March 8-12 with a variety of events and observances.

In 1880, Southern University became the first state-funded institution of higher learning for Black people in Louisiana. It remains the flagship of the Southern University System, the only system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation. 

Founders’ Week events include: 

Monday, March 8 

  • John B. Cade Library Exhibit and Video 
  • #ImSoGlad Social Media Challenge 

Students, alumni and supporters are encouraged to post photos and other memories about their time at Southern University.  

Tuesday, March 9 

  • SU System Founders’ Day Convocation and Pilgrimage to the Clark Gravesites 

Wednesday, March 10 

  • SU System Students Celebration 

Thursday, March 11 

  • SU Employee Service Recognition and Recognition of Pandemic Response Personnel 
  • Terrence Osborne signing of “The Bluff” art prints 1-3 p.m., Valdry Center for Philanthropy 

Friday, March 12 

  • SU Spirit Day 

Students, alumni and supporters are encouraged to wear blue and gold and SU paraphernalia, and post photos to social media. 

  • SU Alumni Brick Scholarship Launch, 1 p.m., Alumni House 
  • SU Alumni “40 Under Forty” Announcement  

All events are virtual unless otherwise noted. Throughout the month, the Southern University Alumni Federation will host the Founders’ Fund scholarship campaign to raise funds for students to attend Southern University System campuses. For a full list of events and for more information, go to 

Southern University has continuously commemorated Founders Day since 1915, when the institution was under the leadership of then-president Joseph Samuel Clark. 

About the Southern University System 

The Southern University System was created in 1974 by constitutional mandate, which fashioned it into the nation’s only historically black 1890 Land-Grant University System.  Presently, the System is comprised of five institutions:  Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (established 1880), Southern University Law Center (established 1947), Southern University at New Orleans (est. 1956), Southern University Shreveport (established 1964), and the Southern University Cooperative Extension Program (established 1972), which became the fifth campus of the System in 2001 and is now named Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

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