School: Alabama A&M
Location: Normal, AL
The University was organized in 1875 as the result of a bill
passed in the State Legislature in 1873 and through the continued efforts of
its first principal and president, William Hooper Council, an ex-slave. Industrial
education was introduced around 1878. American Idol runner-up Ruben Studdard and avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra both attended Alabama A&M; unfortunately Sun Ra passed before the two could collaborate (and potentially knock the music world off its collective axis).