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Jackson State College
|Motto||"Challenging Minds, Changing Lives"|
|Established||October 23, 1877|
|Endowment||36 million dollars|
|President||Dr. William B Bynum, Jr.|
|Colors||Navy blue and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – SWAC|
|Mascot||Bengal the Tiger|
Jackson State University (Jackson State or JSU) is a public, historically black university in Jackson, Mississippi. The university is one of the largest HBCUs in the United States and the fourth largest university in Mississippi.
The university is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Jackson State University is classified as a research university with high research activity.
Jackson State University's athletic teams, the Tigers, participate in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the SWAC. The university is the home of the Sonic Boom of the South, a marching band founded in the 1940s. Their accompanying danceline, the Prancing J-Settes, are well known for their unique style of dance, known as J-Setting.
Jackson State University was founded during the Reconstruction era, in 1877, in Natchez, Mississippi, as Natchez Seminary by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York City. In 1882, the Society moved the school to Jackson, to what is today the campus of Millsaps College, and renamed it Jackson College. Construction began in 1885 at what is presently JSU's main campus. It became a state-supported public institution in 1940, being renamed the Mississippi Negro Training School. Since then, the name has been changed to: Jackson College for Negro Teachers (1944), Jackson State College (1967), and Jackson State University (1974).
The campus contains over 50 academic and administrative buildings on 245 acres (0.99 km2). The main campus is located on JR Lynch Street (named for the African-American Congressman of the 19th century) between Prentiss and Dalton streets in the central region of the city.
Ayer Hall was constructed in 1903 and is the oldest structure on campus. It was named in honor of the first president of the institution. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Green-Gibb Pedestrian Walkway (Plaza) was named in honor of those who died in the Jackson State shooting in 1970. Since the early 2000s, millions of dollars worth of renovations and new construction have been completed on campus due to JSU winning a $500 million lawsuit against the State of Mississippi for decades of discrimination and inequitable funding in 2001.
Jackson State also has satellite campuses throughout the Jackson Metropolitan area, including the Universities Center (Ridgewood Road location), JSU-Madison campus, JSU-Holmes campus, JSU-Mississippi E-Center, and JSU-Downtown (Building 100 on Capital Street).
|U.S. News & World Report||230-301|
JSU colleges and schools include:
In 2015, JSU became the first university in Mississippi approved by the legislature to establish a School of Public Health.
JSU is the only university in Mississippi to earn two consecutive "Apple Distinguished School" distinctions. Apple Inc. biennially acknowledges schools that uniquely incorporate technology into its curriculum. Since 2012, Jackson State University has provided all first-time, full-time freshmen brand new iPads to increase technology usage on campus.
JSU is one of only two universities in Mississippi with a comprehensive meteorology undergraduate level degree program.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked JSU as among the top universities in the United States for producing African Americans with bachelor's degrees in education, biology, and physical science.
The W.E.B. Du Bois – Maria Luisa Alvarez Harvey Honors College is a selective interdisciplinary college at the university that provides a unique academic experience for the most high-achieving undergraduate students.
The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and 14 other accreditation granting institutions to offer bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and education specialist degrees.
Athletic teams are a member of the NCAA Division I-FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Southwestern Athletic Conference, commonly known as the SWAC. All SWAC sports are DI with Football being FCS. Currently, the university fields teams in men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, and bowling; women's volleyball; and men's football. The university's mascot is the Tiger, and the teams are sometimes referred to as the "Blue Bengals."
The Tiger men's football team has a heralded history, winning and sharing 16 SWAC titles, including 2007. Its most famous alumni includes Pro Football Hall of Famers Lem Barney, Jackie Slater and Walter Payton, and former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith. Former NFL wide-receiver, five-time Pro Bowler and Jackson State alumnus Harold Jackson, served as head football in 2014 and 2015.
The band was organized in the early 1940s. As early as the mid-1920s, the University had a well-organized orchestra. The group was given the nickname "The Sonic Boom of the South" by band director Harold J. Haughton Sr. in 1971. In 1971, the majorettes abandoned their batons and became a dance team known as the Prancing J-Settes, also named by Haughton. In 1974, "Get Ready", an old Motown favorite, was selected as the band's theme song. Also, during the mid-1970s, the "Tiger Run-On" was perfected. Created by Haughton, the "Tiger Run-On" is a fast, eye-catching shuffle step that blends an adagio step with an up-tempo shuffle (200 steps per minute), then back to adagio—a Sonic Boom trademark that brings fans to their feet during halftime performances. In October 1990, under the direction of Dowell Taylor and staff, five Sonic Boom of the South performed in Los Angeles, California, for Motown 30-What's Going on. This was the event that first drew national attention to the Sonic Boom.
The Sonic Boom of the South is led by five drum majors collectively referred to as the "Jackson Five" or "J5" for short.
Jackson State University offers over 100 registered student organizations. There are academic, residential, religious, Greek, and special interest groups established to serve the diverse interests of JSU's student community. All student organizations are governed under the Student Affairs division.
As of fall 2017, 75% of Jackson State's student community was from Mississippi, with the majority from Hinds County and Madison County. The top three feeder states were Illinois (419 students), Louisiana (227), and Tennessee (192). China accounted for the highest number of international students on campus. 90% of students identified as black, 6% identified as white, and 4% identified with various race categories. 34% of students were male, and 66% of students were female.
Jackson State is home to radio station WJSU-88.5 FM which plays jazz, gospel, news and public affairs programming. Jackson State University's public radio station, WJSU 88.5 FM, now airs one of its most popular programs on the new HBCU Sirius XM channel. Launched November 14, 2013 and airing on station 142, the HBCU Sirius XM channel is powered by Howard University. The WJSU program, Jazz Reflections, hosted by Gerard Howard, presents a spectrum of the traditional pioneers of jazz like Ella Fitzgerald, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Dinah Washington, and Duke Ellington. The program airs Fridays at 2 p.m. CST and is repeated throughout the week. It also presents rare recordings from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Jackson State University also owns a television station, W23BC known as JSUTV aired on Comcast. Jackson State also publishes the independent Blue and White Flash weekly student newspaper and the Jacksonian Magazine which features news and highlights about the university, its students, and alumni.
|Charlotte P. Morris||1970||Interim president of Tuskegee University (2010; 2017-2018)|||
|Dr. Rod Paige||1955||First African-American to serve as Secretary of Education during President George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2005, former head football coach at Jackson State from 1964 to 1968, and interim president of JSU (2016–present)|
|John Peoples||1950||President of JSU 1967-1984|
|Vivian Brown||Weather Channel meteorologist|||
|Demarco Morgan||News anchor for WNBC in New York City.|
|Percy Greene||Founded the Jackson Advocate newspaper, Mississippi's oldest black-owned newspaper|
|Willie Norwood||American Gospel singer, father and voice coach of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J|
|Tonea Stewart||Actress and educator|
|Cassandra Wilson||Jazz vocalist and musician|
|Cornell William Brooks||1983||Harvard trained lawyer that served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP|
|Emmett C. Burns, Jr.||Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 10th district
|Robert G. Clark, Jr.||Politician who was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1967. He was the first African American elected to the Mississippi State Legislature since the Reconstruction era.|
|Malcolm D. Jackson||CIO at Environmental Protection Agency during President Barack Obama administration. He is a Presidential Appointment.|||
|Flossie Boyd-McIntyre||1960||Member North Carolina House of Representatives (1994–2002)|||
|Carlton W. Reeves||1986||Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi|
|Bennie G. Thompson||Member U. S. House of Representatives (1993 - present)|
|Tony Yarber||2004||Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi|||
|Sollie B Norwood||Member Mississippi Senator District 28 (2009 - present)|
|Shasta Averyhardt||2008||Professional golfer, 1st African-American woman to qualify for the LPGA Tour since 2001, and its fourth African-American woman member in the 60-year history of the tour.|||
|Lem Barney||NFL Hall of Fame cornerback with the Detroit Lions|
|Marcus Benard||2009||Current NFL linebacker|
|Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd||Former Major League Baseball pitcher|
|Corey Bradford||Former National Football League wide receiver|
|Robert Braddy||Jackson State Tigers baseball player and coach|||
|Robert Brazile||Former 7-time NFL Pro Bowl outside linebacker with the Houston Oilers|||
|Wes Chamberlain||Former Major League outfielder|
|Dave Clark||Former Major League outfielder|
|Eddie Payton||1973||NFL kick returner; current Jackson State golf coach|
|Walter Payton||1975||Pro Football Hall of Fame running back; played entire career for the Chicago Bears|
|Archie "Gunslinger" Cooley||1962||Former head football coach at Mississippi Valley State University, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Norfolk State University, and Paul Quinn College|
|Leslie "Speedy" Duncan||Former 4-time NFL Pro-Bowl cornerback with the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins.|
|Marvin Freeman||Former Major League pitcher|
|Cletis Gordon||Former NFL defensive back|
|Lindsey Hunter||Former NBA point guard. Won the 2001–02 championship with the Los Angeles Lakers and the 2003–04 championship with the Detroit Pistons. He was formerly the interim heach coach of the Phoenix Suns.|
|Harold Jackson||Former Jackson State Head Football Coach; former NFL wide receiver; played majority career with the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots|
|Claudis James||Former NFL player|
|Jaymar Johnson||2008||Current NFL wide receiver|
|Trey Johnson||Current NBA/NBA Development League Player|
|Robert Kent||Jackson State and professional quarterback|
|Ed Manning||Drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 8th round (1st pick, 80th overall) of the 1967 NBA draft, father of Danny Manning|
|Picasso Nelson||Gridiron football player|
|Audie Norris||Former NBA Power Forward and superstar for Winterthur FC Barcelona in the late 1980s|
|Donald Reese||NFL Player; played for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers|||
|Purvis Short||Former NBA small forward for the Golden State Warriors in the mid-1980s|
|Jackie Slater||Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle; played entire career with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams|
|Jimmy Smith||Retired NFL wide receiver; played majority career with the Jacksonville Jaguars|||
|Karen Taylor||Played professionally in Europe, mother of Stanley Johnson|||
|Michael Tinsley||2006||Track & Field sprinter|
|Malaika Griffin||Convicted of anti-white racist hate crime murder of Jason Patrick Horsley in May 1999 and sought to start a race war|||
|First Lady Michelle Obama||2016||First African-American to serve as First Lady of the United States. She was given an honorary doctorate from Jackson State University where she served as the keynote speaker for its 2016 Spring undergraduate commencement ceremony|||
Although Dr. F.D. Hall served as director of the band, chorus and orchestra in the 1920s, the marching band began in the 1940s consisting of college students and students from Lanier High School.