|ALUMNI ARCH AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA|
By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Hello All Lincoln University Lions and Lionesses:
Most of you know how much I love my Alma Mater, Lincoln University (PA), and how proud I am of the fact that we are the first and oldest HBCU in the US.
"Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was chartered in April 1854 as Ashmun Institute. As Horace Mann Bond, '23, the eighth president of Lincoln University, so eloquently cites in the opening chapter of his book, Education for Freedom, this was "the first institution found anywhere in the world to provide a higher education in the arts and sciences for male youth of African descent." The story of Lincoln University goes back to the early years of the 19th century and to the ancestors of its founder, John Miller Dickey, and his wife, Sarah Emlen Cresson. The Institute was re-named Lincoln University in 1866 after President Abraham Lincoln. "
I do have a tendency to brag about the fact that we're the only college that gave Africa two presidents, Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah and Nigeria's Nnamdi Azikewe. We're the only Black school to have a Black Supreme Court Justice graduate from there Thurgood Marshall; the father of one of our greatest Civil Rights Leaders, Julian Bond, was president at Lincoln U for 12 years - Horace Mann Bond; and was likewise the founder of the Africa America Institute, which just celebrated its 60th anniversary in New York City, recently. Langston Hughes, one of the greatest poets and playwrights ever, likewise is a Lincoln grad.
"The University is proud of its faculty for the high quality of their teaching, research, and service, and of its alumni, among the most notable of whom are: Langston Hughes, '29, world-acclaimed poet; Thurgood Marshall, '30, first African-American Justice of the US Supreme Court; Hildrus A. Poindexter, '24, internationally known authority on tropical diseases; Roscoe Lee Browne, '46, author and widely acclaimed actor of stage and screen; Gil Scott-Heron musician and revolutionary poet; Randy Cain, vocalist artist, co-founder of the Delphonics, Jacqueline Allen, '74, judge for the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia; and Eric C. Webb, '91, author, poet and editor-in-chief of Souls of People. Many of Lincoln's international (African)graduates have gone on to become outstanding leaders in their countries, including Nnamdi Azikiwe, '30, Nigeria's first president; Kwame Nkrumah, '39, first president of Ghana; Rev. James Robinson, '35, founder of Crossroads Africa, which served as the model for the Peace Corps; and Sibusio Nkomo, Ph.D., '81, chairperson, National Policy Institute of South Africa.
Lincoln University accorded honorary Dual Doctorates to former President Jerry John Rawlings and wife Nana Rawlings; and honorary Doctorate to President Joshua Nkomo of Zimbabwe. (for a more comprehensive list see below).*
Lincoln University was the first Black college to have its own full fledged African Museum, with Nkrumah, Azikewe and other notables sending contributions from their own collections to be housed there. The museum's collection was so unique, it was let out on loan to other local schools and programs in the area. Black in the day, Lincoln was the only Black college to have a program for African student refugees from non-independent African countries such as Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Southwest Africa (Namibia), Basutoland (Lesotho), Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Congo (Kinshasha and Brassaville), and a host of other countries working to throw the yoke of colonialism off their backs. *
Our student population at the time I attended - also Black in the day - was at least 1/3 African and Caribbean, many of whom have gone forward to work in major capacities either with the United Nations, or in key roles in their own countries. New York City has one of the largest number of Lincoln Alumni outside of Pennsylvania.
With 160 years of accomplishments looming large, the Lincoln University Alumni Association is reaching out to all of its alumni in the Greater New York Area to re-establish connections, friendships, communications, upgrade memberships, and to plan for an all out gala to celebrate Lincoln's great contributions past, present and future. I mean it's not every day a Black college turns 160 years old. This is something special. This requires a celebration.
Newly minted President of the Lincoln University Alumni Association, Robert "Bob" Ingram, is coordinating with Dr. Sam E. Anderson (Brooklyn) and yours truly (Gloria Dulan-Wilson - Brooklyn) to put together a Meet and Greet for Lincoln Alumni.
It will be held in the Dwyer Cultural Center, located in the Village of Harlem, at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue - at 123rd Street, on Tuesday, October 22, from 6:00 - 8:30PM. All Lincoln University, PA alumni are invited to come out. Bring your pictures, your memories, your creativity, your ideas, and let's how the world how we celebrate Lincoln University.
This is likewise an invitation to all those who were members of Sororities and Fraternities - Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma - at Lincoln to come and be a part of this process. It's a PanHellenic thing. Wear your colors or wear Lincoln's colors (optional) if you wish.
Got year books? Bring what you looked like at LU Black in the day. Time to share. After all, a lot has changed in 160 years. What has not changed is that abiding Lincoln Spirit that undergirds us all and gives us the impetus to move forward.
During the first one hundred years of its existence, Lincoln graduated approximately 20 percent of the Black physicians and more than 10 percent of the Black attorneys in the United States. Its alumni have headed over 35 colleges and universities and scores of prominent churches. At least 10 of its alumni have served as United States ambassadors or mission chiefs. Many are federal, state and municipal judges, and several have served as mayors or city managers.
If you're reading this and know someone who graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania (not Missouri), please pass this on to them, and urge them to attend.
Lincoln's rich heritage is one that must be shared, honored and expanded. There area great Lincolnians whose names are not on that list. You could be one of them.
Those interested in attending, or for additional information, contact either firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or bingram77
We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, October 22, as we begin the countdown to year 160.
HAIL! HAIL! LINCOLN!!!
NOTABLE LINCOLN UNIVERSITY ALUMNI - PARTIAL LIST (per Wikipedia)