Origin and development of Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas



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This report has been devoted to the origin and development of the Texas Southern University located at Houston, Texas. It attempted to delineate the school's physical, academic, and cultural growth from 1927 through 1967. It also recognized the changing concept of the Negro's role in American society as the dominant factor which influenced those developmental trends. The initial goal of the founders of Houston Junior College for Negroes--later to be known as Texas Southern University-- was to provide in-service training for inadequately prepared Negro teachers and to give vocational training to unskilled workers. Subsequent fund-raising programs and state legislation broadened the outlook for the young school. As a result, the twenty-year period between 1927 and 1947 saw changes in the name, character, and intent of the school which led to its accreditation as a University in the position to award Master's degrees. In September 1947 the Houston College for Negroes became Texas State University for Negroes, and in 1951 it was renamed Texas Southern University. In 1947 the legislature of the State of Texas provided for its operation to be separate and apart from that of the Houston Independent School District. [...]