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|Motto||We Teach The Mind To Think, The Hands To Work, The Heart To Love|
|Affiliation||African Methodist Episcopal Church|
|President||Dr. Lady June Cole|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics|
|Affiliations||Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference|
|Sports||Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Track, Volleyball|
Allen University is a private, coeducational historically Black university located in Columbia, South Carolina, United States. Allen University has more than 600 students and still serves a predominantly Black constituency.
Allen University was founded in Cokesbury in 1870 as Payne Institute by a number of ministers of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, including John M. Brown. Its initial mission was to provide education to freedmen, former African American slaves and their children.
In 1880, it was moved to Columbia and renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The university remains connected to the denomination, which is related to other Methodist churches. As one of two black colleges located in Columbia, Allen has a very strong presence in the African-American community. Allen University initially focused on training ministers and teachers, who were considered critical to the progress of African Americans. Over the years, it has enlarged its scope to produce graduates in other academic areas.
The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees through various schools.
Chappelle Administration Building
|Location||1530 Harden St., Columbia, South Carolina|
|NRHP reference #||75001705|
|Added to NRHP||April 14, 1975|
Buildings such as Arnett Hall, the Chappelle Administration Building, Coppin Hall, the Joseph Simon Flippen Library, and the Canteen Building are included in what is designated as the Allen University Historic District, listed in 1975 on the National Register of Historic Places.
Several of the district's buildings were restored, using $2.9 million in funds obtained through the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act. Chappelle Auditorium's seating capacity of 700 has made it the site of countless organizations' and community events.
The auditorium was the site of the meeting of educators and lawyers to initiate efforts that led to the landmark US Supreme Court case Brown vs. the Board of Education (1954) on school integration.
In addition, nationally known musicians and artists, including Leontyne Price, Brooks Benton and Langston Hughes, have performed in the auditorium. Notable speakers include: Mary McCloud Bethune, Reverend Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Reverend Jesse Jackson, George Elmore, John H. McCray, and Senator Strom Thurmond.
Chappelle Auditorium was designed by John Anderson Langford (1874-1946), who is known as the 'Dean of Black Architects.’ He served as the official architect of the AME Church. The auditorium was named in honor of Bishop William D. Chappelle, an Allen University President. On April 14, 1975, Chappelle Auditorium was recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior and placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.
Allen University is the home of more than 15 students on-campus organizations.
|Alpha Kappa Alpha||ΑΚΑ||Mu||M|
|Alpha Phi Alpha||ΑΦΑ||Gamma Gamma||ΓΓ|
|Delta Sigma Theta||ΔΣΘ||Gamma Pi||ΓΠ|
|Kappa Alpha Psi||ΚΑΨ||Beta Rho||ΒΡ|
|Omega Psi Phi||ΩΨΦ||Mu Sigma||ΜΣ|
|Phi Beta Sigma||ΦΒΣ||Alpha Omicron||ΑΟ|
|Sigma Gamma Rho||ΣΓΡ||Beta Iota||ΒΙ|
|Zeta Phi Beta||ΖΦΒ||Lambda||Λ|
Allen University teams, nicknamed athletically as the Yellow Jackets, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC), effective in the 2016-17 school year. The Yellow Jackets formerly competed in the now-defunct Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (EIAC) and as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Men's sports include basketball; while women's sports include basketball and volleyball.
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