Celebrating a 100 Year Legacy in April 2012
TSU Kicks off Centennial with Founders' Day Convocation
Event marks beginning of year long commemoration
Tennessee State University kicked off its year-long Centennial Celebration, Wednesday, Sept. 14 with the annual Founders' Day and Opening Convocation at the Howard C. Gentry Complex.
The Reverend Gerald L. Durley, a 1964 TSU alumnus and senior pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., was the keynote speaker.
Born in Wichita, Kan., Dr. Durley grew up in California and Colorado. He is a psychologist who was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960′s, and was a member of the first U.S. Peace Corp to go to Nigeria, West Africa. Dr. Durley has been a university professor and administrator at Illinois University, Clark Atlanta University and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
The Founders' Day Convocation was the official kick off event commemorating the university's 100th anniversary as Nashville's only public university and highlighted its traditions, legacy, academics, alumni and contributions to higher education.
"This is an exciting time for Nashville and Tennessee State University," said Dr. Portia H. Shields, president. "We are proud of TSU and how we have grown with the community. During this year not only are we going to honor our traditions and history, but also launch into our future...our next 100 years."
Throughout the year, Tennessee State University will be the site of special events and celebrations marking the Centennial.