Historically Black School Renames Hall Honoring KKK Leader

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A dormitory hall that was named after a one-time governor and Ku Klux Klan member, Bibb Graves, is being renamed at Alabama State University. The building had been under Graves’ since 1928, the year he was head of a state government that constitutionally ordered white supremacy. Despite leading a KKK chapter, he was also known as a pro-education leader and a quite progressive governor. Alabama State along with two other state institutions have also renamed their buildings that were once named under Graves’. Alabama State trustees voted on the matter after the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. Initially founded as Lincoln Normal School of Marion, Alabama State University is a public historically black university based in Montgomery, Alabama. The university offers 31 bachelor degree programs, 11 master’s, three doctoral, two Education Specialist, and more. Since the school only offers one engineering program, they created a dual degree engineering program with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The institution has more than 75 student organizations including active chapters of National Pan-Hellenic Council Greek-letter organizations. Additionally, the intercollegiate sports teams also known as the black and gold Hornets (Lady Hornets for women’s teams) compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in NCAA Division I and the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) for football. ASU is always known for their marching band known as “The Mighty Marching Hornets.” The band performances are typically seen at sport events, but are also recognized on a national level such as in Beyoncé’s Homecoming Netflix special and in the annual Honda Battle of the Bands.

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