The Johnson C. Smith University Youtube channel posts a compilation of videos to honor the JCSU tradition during the homecoming season. JCSU’s International Institution of Sound Marching Band, yard shows, and parades are all featured the minute- long homecoming tribute. Johnson C. Smith University is a private historically black university in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was originally established on April 7, 1867 as the Biddle Memorial Institute primarily funded by two white ministers by the name of Samuel C. Alexander and Willis L. Miller. Yet, a donation from Mary D. Biddle allowed her the opportunity to name the new university at the time. Nearly 20 years later, Daniel J. Sanders was elected the first African American President of a four-year institution in the south.
In 1944, JCSU became a member of the United Negro College Fund to help assist church-related schools of higher learning to grow and expand in various areas of service. The institution offers 24 degrees to around 1,400 undergraduate students in three separate colleges— Colleges of STEM, College of Arts and Letters, and the College of Professional Studies. As a result of its close proximity to downtown Charlotte, students are able to engage in social activities including exhibits, concerts, and professional sporting events. However, previously to COVID-19, students were able to participate in intramural athletics on campus and greek life as all nine organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council are currently active.
JCSU’s athletic teams, better known as the Golden Bulls, participate in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association at the NCAA Division II level.