Lincoln University (Missouri)
|Motto||Laborare et studere|
Motto in English
|To labor and study|
|Established||January 14, 1866|
|President||Kevin D. Rome|
|Provost||Said L. Sewell|
|Students||3,043 (Fall 2014)|
|Location||Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
|Campus||167 acres (67.6 ha)
374.68 acres (151.628 ha) (University Farms)
|Colors||Navy blue and White
|NCAA Division II – MIAA
GLVC (Football only)
Lincoln University is a historically black university founded in 1866 by African-American veterans of the American Civil War and located in Jefferson City, Missouri. In 2007, it was ranked #3 for economic diversity, #5 for campus ethnic diversity, and #9 for most international students according to U.S. News & World Report rankings of master's-level universities in the Midwest. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Lincoln University Hilltop Campus Historic District
|Location||820 Chestnut St., Jefferson City, Missouri|
|Area||9.6 acres (3.9 ha)|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||83000978|
|Added to NRHP||April 28, 1983|
During the Civil War, the 62nd Colored Infantry regiment of the U.S. Army, largely recruited in Missouri, set up educational program for its soldiers. At the end of the war it raised $6300 To set up a black school, to be headed by a white abolitionist officer, Richard Foster (1826 – 1901). Foster opened Lincoln Institute in Jefferson City in 1866. Lincoln had a black student body, both black and white teachers, and outside support from religious groups. The state government was supportive and provided $5000 a year to train teachers for the state's new black school system. Under the Morrill Act of 1890, Missouri designated the school as a land-grant university, emphasizing agriculture, mechanics and teaching.
By 1921, the college had expanded to offer graduate programs and was officially designated a university by the state of Missouri. It changed its name to "Lincoln University of Missouri." In 1954, it opened its doors to applicants of all races. It provides both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Lincoln University participates at the NCAA Division II level in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). Lincoln competed in the MIAA from 1970 to 1999 when it left because it did not have a football team since 1989. The university competed in the Heartland Conference from 1999–2010, of which, Lincoln is a founding conference member. The school revitalized its football program and reentered the MIAA in 2010. The Lincoln University Women's Track Team has made NCAA Division II history by winning the Outdoor Track and Field Championships five consecutive times.
The school has programs in the following sports:
Alma Mater "Lincoln, O, Lincoln"
Sung to the tune of "Ach wie ist's möglich dann," an old German folk song published in 1827 and variously credited to Georg Heinrich or Friedrich Silcher Kuchen. (The West Point and Wake Forest alma mater songs use the same melody.)
Founder's Day, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February, pays tribute to the founders of Lincoln University. Homecoming, usually held in October, is a celebratory time where family and friends of Lincoln University convene to participate in gala activities. Springfest, usually held in late April, is a time to celebrate the arrival of spring with games and other activities throughout the week.
Marching Musical Storm
The "Marching Musical Storm" is the university's marching band. The band was founded in 1948 and is one of the largest student organizations on campus. The band performs at all home football games, select basketball games, and several other school sanctioned functions throughout the year.
- The Clarion (university newspaper)
- KJLU (radio station)
- JCTV (Public-access television)
Fraternities & sororities
The National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations that currently have chapters at Lincoln University of Missouri are:
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Alpha Iota||AI|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Alpha Psi||AΨ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Alpha Theta||AΘ|
|Iota Phi Theta||ΙΦΘ||Zeta Xi||ZΞ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Eta Sigma||HΣ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Beta Chi||BX|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Alpha Mu||AM|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Xi Beta||ΞΒ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Alpha Mu||AM|
Notable faculty and staff
|Althea Gibson||black tennis pioneer, Wimbledon, French Open, and US Open champion who was an athletics instructor in the early 1950s|
|Lorenzo Greene||black historian who taught at the university (1933-1972)|
|Robert Nathaniel Dett||composer|
|Oliver Cromwell Cox||a member of the Chicago School of Sociology and early world-systems theorist who taught at Lincoln (1949-1970)|||
|Rita Heard Days||Member of both houses of the Missouri State Legislature|
|Dr. James Frank||1953||First alumnus to be president of Lincoln University, where he served from 1973 to 1983. He was the first African-American to serve in the National Office of the NCAA|||
|Lloyd L. Gaines||Disappeared mysteriously after fighting for the right to equal education|
|George Howard, Jr.||First African-American federal judge in Arkansas|
|Leo Lewis||Member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame|
|Carey Means||Voice of Frylock on Aqua Teen Hunger Force|
|Zeke Moore||Former NFL defensive back|
|Oliver Lake||Jazz musician|
|Julius Hemphill||Jazz musician|
|Lemar Parrish||Former eight-time pro bowl National Football League (NFL) defensive back in the 1970s and early 1980s, and former head coach of the Blue Tiger football team from 2004 to 2009|
|Captain Wendell O. Pruitt, U.S. Army Air Force||Captain Pruit was a fighter pilot with the famed 332nd Fighter Group (the Tuskegee Airmen) during World War II. Captain Pruitt was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his attack on, and destruction of, a warship in Trieste harbor, in northern Italy.|
|Romona Robinson||Award-winning Cleveland television news anchor|||
|Joe Torry||Actor and comedian|
|Ronald Townson||American vocalist. He was an original member of The 5th Dimension, a popular vocal group of the late 1960s and early 1970s.|
|Maida Coleman||Senate Minority leader in Missouri|
|Blaine Luetkemeyer||U.S. Congressman|
|William Tecumseh Vernon||Minister and bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a former president of Western University (now defunct) in Kansas, the first historically black college established west of the Mississippi.|
|Joshua Peters||2009||One of the youngest members of the Missouri State House of Representatives, and a former SGA president|
- "Welcome - Lincoln University". lincolnu.edu.
- "Lincoln University". lincolnu.edu.
- Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Lawrence O. Christensen et al. eds. (1999). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. U of Missouri Press. p. 312.
- Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009
- "Lincoln University of Missouri Blue Tigers - Lincoln University Track & Field to be Inducted Into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame". Lincoln University.
- Lincoln University Songs
- Sean P. Hier, "The forgotten architect: Cox, Wallerstein, and world-system theory," Race & Class Vol. 42(3): 69-86
- "Dr. James Frank To Receive 2001 Distinguished American Award". footballfoundation.org. National Football Foundation. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- "Romona Robinson". WOIO. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2016.