– ASU is America’s oldest state-sponsored HBCU/Founded by nine former slaves in 1867 –
– Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Cincinnati, Ohio to Speak at Founders’ Day Convocation –
– Reporters are invited to cover all events both on and off campus –
*ASU FOUNDERS’ WEEK EVENTS FOR YOUR NEWS PLANNING
– Feb. 3 (Monday) ASU Founders’ Week begins.
– Feb. 4 (Tuesday) ASU hosts ‘Read & Rise’ program /Pres. Ross & ASU students/employees go to MPS elementary schools & promote literacy by reading to students.
– Feb. 5 (Wednesday) TBA.
– Feb. 6 (Thursday) @ 11:30 a.m. is ASU’s ‘Celebration of Service’ @ Abernathy Auditorium with wreaths/honoring past presidents & ASU’s history. Free & open to the public.
– Feb. 7 (Friday) @ 10 a.m. is ‘ASU’s Convocation’ at Acadome/Historic Bell Ringing Ceremony in front of Library (LWLC) @ 8:45 a.m. Free & open to the public.
* Some may be subject to changes and or additions, but we will keep you abreast of any and all changes.
Alabama State University’s week-long series of Founders’ Week activities will begin on Feb. 3 (Monday) and continue through Feb. 7 (Friday), with one of ASU’s most notable Student Government Association (SGA) presidents – Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Ohio – speaking at ASU’s 120th Founders’ Day Convocation, which begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7, at ASU’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Before the Convocation will be the Historic Bell Ringing Ceremony (the bell is from ASU’s mother campus in Marion, Ala.), which will take place in front of the ASU Library (LWLC) @ 8:45 a.m. with President Quinton T. Ross Jr. presiding
TUESDAY (FEB. 4)
PRESIDENT ROSS READING TO MPS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Join ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. (the 15th President of The Alabama State University.since its founding in 1867) on Tuesday (Feb. 4) between 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at an MPS elementary school as he and numerous ASU employees and students go to local elementary classrooms at various Montgomery Public School System (MPS) locations and promote literacy by reading to the elementary school students.
Members of the news media are invited to join President Ross at the local elementary school that he will visit and read ( I will soon forward you the school name/address/time of Ross’s reading ) at an MPS school on Feb. 4. Your reporters/photogs are invited to join him and interview him about literacy and giving back to the community – we call it “CommUniversity” – and film the students asking questions and listening to Dr. Ross read.
ASU CONVOCATION FOR FOUNDERS’ DAY IS FEB. 7 (FRIDAY)
Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Cincinnati, Ohio will be the featured speaker at the ASU Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 7. (Friday). Tait, during his tenure as the University’s 1992-93 SGA president, successfully led the student body in a four-day sit-in protest and class boycott. He is the senior pastor and founder of New Beginnings Church of the Living God Avondale in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tait is best known for his passion for community, strong preaching and leadership. In 2019, through his ministry’s Project Ceasefire, he co-sponsored “Ride for Peace – Live Instead of Rest in Peace” caravan. The processional featured police-led funeral hearses driving through Avondale and Cincinnati’s inner-city neighborhoods in a campaign to stop the violence. Each vehicle bore a funeral ﬂag representative of the final ride that most victims of gun violence take to reach their final resting place.
ASU WAS FOUNDED IN 1867 BY NINE FORMER SLAVES
The Alabama State University is America’s oldest state-sponsored historically black college or university (HBCU). It was founded in Marion, Ala. in 1867 by nine freedmen (all former slaves) who pooled together $500 to create a school to promote literacy among the state’s newly freed African-American residents. It began as the Lincoln Normal School and relocated to Montgomery in the late nineteenth century to where it is now located. It was the epicenter of the nation’s modern civil rights movement with many of its alumni and employees assuming national leadership roles in the struggle for racial equality, justice, freedom and voting rights.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.