BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University celebrated its 139th Founders’ Day Tuesday, Mar. 19.
This year’s theme was Fulfilling the Promise.
The celebration started with the annual SU Lab School pilgrimage to the Clarks gravesite, located on the Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Ray L. Belton, president-chancellor of SU, spoke to the students gathered there.
Then, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the community gathered at the F.G. Clark Center, where they enjoyed selections from the university’s wind ensemble, concert choir, and gospel choir. Domoine Rutledge, Board of Supervisors chairman and vice president and general counsel at CSRS, Inc., served as the keynote speaker.
“When we walk the hallowed ground of this campus, we should honor that very soil for which the buildings stand. We must remember that the promise was costly,” he said.
“Today, we’ve gathered to reflect upon our very humble beginnings, the challenges that associated those beginnings. We also attempted to examine what we looked like today, but more importantly, if we’re going to remain relevant and vibrant and a choice for students seeking higher education opportunities, how will we look tomorrow?” said Rutledge.
Rutledge concluded his speech with varying visions the founders had for the school and what the university hopes to achieve in the future.