ASU’s 152nd Birthday Party is Thursday!

Celebration of ASU-152 & The State’s Bicentennial with a Ceremony, Cake & Over 200 Excited Kids!

– President Ross & others will speak followed by music and ‘yummy’ birthday refreshments –

– Free & Open to All –

WHEN: Thursday (July 18), from 11:30 a.m. – Noon.

WHERE: ASU’s Hardy Student Center in its second-floor Ballroom-C.

Join us and over 200 excited first – 12th grade ASU SKYCAP kids as Alabama State University celebrates its 152nd Birthday Party and the State of Alabama’s Bicentennial Birthday during a brief, but celebratory ceremony, which will include ASU President Quinton T. Ross, Jr. offering opening remarks, other speakers, music, and some very “yummy” birthday refreshments.

The big ASU 152nd Birthday & Alabama Bicentennial Bash will be held in the ASU Hardy Student Center in its second-floor Ballroom-C. Don’t miss out on the hundreds of delicious ASU birthday cupcakes decked out in the school colors, which will spell “ASU-152.” 

The ceremony is open to members of the Hornet Nation family, the general public, and the news media.

We will have over 200 young people who represent ASU’s future who are summer camp students in ASU’s SKYCAP program. They will be present and will be singing “Happy 152nd Birthday” to ASU and “Happy 200th Birthday” to the state of Alabama. This offers the news media GREAT photo and video visuals, and awesome interviews with President Ross, ASU students and with the hundreds of ASU’s SKYCAP kids.

The entire event will last only 30 minutes so get in place early and share ASU’s celebration with your news audience – many of whom are ASU alumni and supporters who live throughout the River Region and within your news coverage range. Come early and we will get you a pre-event interview with President Ross to help conserve your reporter’s precious time.

ASU campus building circa 1875 in Marion, Ala. (courtesy Sanford University).

HISTORIC DAY THURSDAY – JULY 18, 1867

Thursday is the exact date of ASU’s founding in 1867 by nine freedmen – ALL former slaves – in Marion, Ala., who pooled together $500 to establish the Lincoln Normal School (which today is known as Alabama State University) to help educate the newly freed black residents of Alabama after the end of the Civil War.

Since 1867, ASU has been dedicated to education, research, service and improving student’s learning and the greater community’s lives through its championing and defending the ideals and principals of education, intellectualism, justice, equality and fair-play for all people. President Ross has also introduced to ASU an enhanced ideal of  “CommUniversity” which is building bridges and reaching out to assist, educate, and enlighten the community, via the University.

WORTH NOTING ABOUT ASU

Alabama State University is America’s oldest ‘state-sponsored’ liberal arts historic black college or university; and it is an important member of the Montgomery/River Region/State community. At last estimate, ASU annually contributes over $900 million in revenue to the local and state economy. A State of Alabama historical marker stands in front of  ASU’s William Harper Councill Hall that notes that the birth of America’ s modern Civil Rights Movement took place in its basement mere hours after Rosa Parks arrest. It was there that the planning and organizing of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by ASU faculty members Jo Ann Robinson, Thelma Glass and other members of the Women’s Political Council, took place on December 1, 1955.   

ASU’s President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr.

THURSDAY IS ALSO A ‘DAY OF GIVING’

As the University celebrates its 152nd birthday on Thursday, we also want to give ASU family members and supporters an opportunity to show their love for the University by inviting them to make a donation to it. This is a great day to honor Alabama State University’s 152-year-old legacy. Individuals or businesses may donate by contacting The ASU Foundation at P.O. Box 271, Montgomery, AL 36101-0271. Interested parties may also call Jennifer Anderson, ASU’s director of Development, at 334-229-4950.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, at 334-229-4104

– This was written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

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