In a video posted by Youtube Channel, HBCU Pride Network, Tuskegee University’s Marching Crimson Pipers, performs “Just Fine” by singer Mary J. Blige. The university’s band consists of 35 pieces and an 18-piece orchestra. Dancing in front is the Tuskegee women’s danceline, the Crimson Piperettes.
Tuskegee University is a private HBCU in Tuskegee, Alabama and was established July 4, 1881 as the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers. The institution currently offers 40 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s degrees, and four doctoral degree programs. TU’s official colors are crimson and gold, and their nickname is the Golden Tigers. Tuskegee’s intercollegiate teams are members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) within NCAA Division II.
Within the past ten years, Tuskegee’s sports teams have had some success of their own. In 2014, the men’s basketball team won the SIAC Championship as well as the NCAA Division South Region Championship. The team even made it to the Elite Eight in the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division II Basketball Tournament.
Furthermore, the women’s softball team and men’s football team also won the SIAC Championship in the same year. Many people might associate Tuskegee University with various historical African American figures that have left an impact on the school and the nation. For instance, inventor and agricultural scientist, George Washington Carver was a professor at Tuskegee, formally known as Tuskegee Institute at the time. During his time of being a professor, Carver became a member of the Gamma Sigma chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Other notable alumni include singer, Lionel Richie, and Track and field star, Alice Coachman.