Tuskegee University named August school of the month

Updated: 8/3/2015 9:50 AM CST

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Tuskegee University, located in Tuskegee, Al., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for August.

The University was founded by Dr. Booker T. Washington on July 4, 1881. Dr. Washington was also the University’s first teacher. From a one room shanty to more than 100 major buildings and structures, the past 125 years has been a testament to its mission of being a service to the people through the education of the hand, heart, and mind.

Tuskegee offers over 50 degrees including 39 Bachelor’s, 13 Master’s, and 2 Doctor’s of Philosophy. The programs have points of distinction such as the number one producer of African-American aerospace science engineers in the nation, the only historically black college or university with a fully accredited College of Veterinary Medicine that offers the Doctoral Degree, and the largest producer of African-Americans with baccalaureate degrees in Math, Science and Engineering in Alabama.

The institution was the first black college to be designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark and is the only college or university campus in the nation to be designated a National Historic Site by the U.S. Congress.

As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’, each school will be promoted by the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.

Distinguished alumni include: Tom Joyner, nationally-syndicated radio personality; Lionel Richie, singer, songwriter, and entertainer; Alice Coachman, Olympic gold medalist; Ralph Ellison, author, scholar, literary writer, Robert Benham, 1st Black Georgia Supreme Court Judge; and Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City’s State Attorney.

Get social! Stay connected with the campaign’s efforts by using the hashtag: #SkegeeBestBrightest.

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