By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.
On Sunday (Feb. 16), Alabama State University's President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., will give the keynote Black History Month address in Lee County, Ala. at the Auburn District Baptist Women's Department's Annual Black History Program. The event takes place at 3 p.m. at the Auburn District Baptist Center, which is located at 305 Palmer St. in Opelika, Ala.
ABOUT ASU & PRESIDENT ROSS
Ross serves as the 15th president of ASU, which is America's oldest "state sponsored" historically black college or university. It was founded in 1867 by nine former slaves who pooled together $500 to establish a school to promote literacy among Alabama's newly freed men and women.
The University is also steeped in the history of the modern civil rights movement with many of the famous leaders of the movement having attended school at ASU including Rosa Parks (Lab high school at ASU), Ralph Abernathy, Fred Gray, F.D. Reese, Jo Ann Robinson, Fred Shuttlesworth and Thelma Glass.