BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA/WGMB) - Thursday was a day of pride, of prayer and of celebration, Louisiana's largest historically black university was founded 137 years ago.
"Thank God for these founders, and thank God that they did not let the limitations of their past and present stop them from dreaming, and from hoping and doing something about it," said East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.
Alumni, current students and elected officials honored Southern University for more than 100 years of helping to shape the Baton Rouge community and themselves.
"It means the world. I never missed this when I was a student here. This was an outstanding day, and I haven't been back too many times, but as a student here, this was a special day for me," said SU Alumnus and Mayor of Waterproof Caldwell Flood.
Alexis Doss is a senior political science major at Southern. Doss said she is grateful to those who have come before her, but just like they did, she is ready to leave her mark.
"The legacy I want to leave this that a person like me can graduate from an institution like Southern University. It states that 'hey! I am Alexis Doss. I'm a young, black female. I graduated from a great institution that taught me great things," concluded Doss.
The Southern University System was founded with help from former Governor P.B.S. Pinchback, a son of a former slave, along with other elected officials back in 1880.