A&T’s celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act is now underway. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to bookmark the special website that’s now available and check it often to register for, and support the many events the University has in store, and to learn more about the histories of the 1890s.
The website has an online form for nominations for special awards that will go to individuals who have been instrumental in the founding, development and progress of A&T, from 1890 until today. The nomination deadline is Feb. 23, and those selected will be recognized at the March 19 Second Morrill Act Celebration Luncheon.
Dr. M. Ray McKinnie, the SAES’s associate dean for special programs and facilities, will kick off A&T’s quasquicentennial celebration with a lecture discussing "125 Years! The 1890 Universities Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" on Feb. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 101 of the Academic Classroom Building. (The kickoff lecture was originally scheduled for Feb. 17 but inclement weather forced postponement.) The Congressional legislation passed in 1890 that is known as the Second Morrill Act established land-grant universities to serve African Americans in the then-segregated southern and border states, and McKinnie’s lecture outlines many of the subsequent achievements at A&T and the other 18 historically black land-grant institutions.
The next bold-type date for A&T’s celebration of the Second Morrill Act’s 125th is Feb. 27— the deadline for entries in an essay contest open to all A&T graduate and undergraduate students with insights into “What it Means to be a Student at an 1890 University." Scholarships of $750 each will be awarded to both the graduate and undergraduate authors whose essays are selected as top entry.
Other spring semester activities celebrating or commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act are set for:
• March 19 – Second Morrill Act Celebration Luncheon (ticketed event)
• March 19 – Observances of anniversary celebration during Founder’s Day Convocation, A&T Campus
• March 25 – Small Farmers’ Appreciation Day (during Small Farms Week, March 22-28), featuring 125th observances
• April 23 – 1890 Day, with Wellness Walk/Run & Community Health Fair, noon to 3 p.m., Aggie Stadium and Corbett Sports Center
• May 9 – Spring 2015 Commencement, incorporating Second Morrill Act Anniversary
July 15 will be 1890s on the Hill, including 1890 exhibits and presentations before House and Senate Committees on Agriculture; July 16 is the 1890s Convocation at the Library of Congress; and Aug. 30 is scheduled to be a National Day of Prayer, commemorating the signing of the Second Morrill Act.