Fisk University

Nashville, TN
21
Mar

Fisk University

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.