Recognizing Simmons College on Becoming Our Nation’s 107Th HBCUby Representative John A. Yarmuth
Posted on 2016-01-06
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Mr. YARMUTH. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor and congratulate
Simmons College of Kentucky on officially becoming recognized as our
nation's 107th Historically Black College and University. One hundred
and fifty years ago, members of twelve Black Baptist Churches met in
Louisville to discuss the need for a school that would allow Black
students to pursue a college degree. After years of planning and
consideration, they decided that this school should be located at the
corner of 8th and Kentucky in Louisville, where they purchased four
acres of land and continued working to make their dream a reality.
Originally founded as the Kentucky Normal Theological Institute, it was
under the leadership of Dr. W.J. Simmons that the school became a full
university, growing in both size and opportunity, and would eventually
be renamed in his honor.
Today, Simmons College continues to make a positive impact in our city and throughout Kentucky. The faith that inspired this institution to persevere throughout the years is now stronger than ever, and the hundreds of students who are currently enrolled are continuing the school's proud tradition as the birthplace of Black higher education in Louisville. As the school's motto so accurately states, Simmons College has been ``dedicated to educational excellence since 1879,'' and I extend my most sincere congratulations to their President, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, his students, and the entire Simmons community. Go Simmons Nation.