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Celebrating past and present

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GSU begins yearlong festivities in honor of 1901 founding
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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT Grambling State University President Frank Pogue tried his hand at musical conducting Saturday as he watched the Marching Tiger Band perform during GSU’s 110th Anniversary celebration.

GRAMBLING — Grambling State University celebrated its past Friday, while also looking ahead to its future.

The university kicked off its yearlong 110th anniversary celebration with a breakfast in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union that culminated with youngsters from Alma J. Brown Elementary School on the GSU campus releasing 110 black and gold helium-filled balloons into a sunny morning sky.

“Happy birthyear,” GSU president Frank Pogue said to start the morning. “Imagine what Charles P. Adams must have looked like to blacks and whites alike 110 years ago when he walked into a room asking for money to start a black college. They must have thought he was crazy. Grambling State University derived from farmers in the area wanting to educate other blacks. It was a revolutionary idea at the time. It was the start of the Civil Rights Movement. I don’t know of any other variable that allows success more than access to education. It was revolutionary that this man was talking about educating the sons and daughters of former slaves.

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