Fisk University is an historically black university founded in 1866 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. It’s nickname is the Bulldogs and the University is a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Their colors are Gold and Blue and their motto is Her sons and daughters are forever on the altar.
Fisk University History
- In 1866 six months after the end of the American Civil War, leaders of the northern American Missionary Association (AMA): John Ogden, Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, field secretary; and Reverend Edward Parmelee Smith founded the Fisk Free Colored School, for education of freedmen.
- In 1871, Fisk began offering instruction at the college level, and in 1875, it offered its first bachelor’s degree.
- In 1930, Fisk was the first African-American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
- In 1952, Fisk was the first predominantly black college to earn a Phi Beta Kappa charter.
- In 1967, it became the first black institution to be awarded university status and thus became Fisk University.