Southern University and A&M College had its beginning in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1880 when a group of Black politicians, led by former U.S. Senator P.B.S. Pinchback of New Orleans; a distinguished legislator, T.T. Allain of Iberville; and Henry Demas of St. John Parish petitioned the State Constitutional Convention to establish a school of higher learning for “colored” people. The University relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1914 (what was then Scotlandville, along Scott's Bluff facing the Mississippi River).
Today, Southern University and A&M College System are the largest historically black colleges and universities in the United States. Chicago has a large concentration of Southern University Alumni. Southern University Alumni Federation Chicago Chapter (SUAF) is the oldest chapter in the country. It is committed to supporting Southern University and each year awards scholarships to aid local students interested in attending the university.
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