On Thursday, April 23, 2015 ninth graders at Bullock County High School participated in celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities by completing a Wellness Walk.
The Wellness Walk was an activity associated with celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the passing of the Second Morrill Act which gave African Americans the opportunity to be included in the U.S. Land-Grant University Higher Education System without discrimination. This act allowed seventeen states to found land-grant universities which were commonly referred to as Negro Land-Grant Institutions.
Today this cluster of institutions is called the 1890 Land-Grant Universities which include Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
All of the 1890 universities share common distinctions of teaching, research, and extension programs in food, agriculture, and other related sciences as well as integrated community based Cooperative Extension initiatives and are proud partners with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Participants in the 125 Anniversary of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities with Jermelle Custer, front row, third from left
Tuskegee University along with all the 1890 universities hosted an 1890 Day on their respective campuses throughout the United States in celebration of this milestone.
The focus for the day was wellness and Tuskegee University along with Bullock County High School and other county offices in West Alabama conducted an 1890s Wellness Run/Walk.
The distance for the run/walk was approximately 1.89 miles through the campus of Tuskegee University and 1.5 miles in the Bullock County High School Gymnasium.
For more information please visit: www.1890universities.org
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