Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host an 1890 Day Wellness Walk/Run and Health Fair on Tuesday, April 21. The event commemorates the 125th anniversary of the signing of the Second Morrill Act of 1890 and the creation of UAPB and the 18 other historically black land-grant universities.
The event includes an approximate 1.890-mile walk or run and a health fair. The walk will begin at 2 p.m. at the W.E. O’Bryant Bell Tower.
Participants are asked to preregister and pay a fee of $18.90. Proceeds will be used for the UAPB Justin Morrill Scholarship fund. The event is free for students.
“In 1865, about 4 million blacks were freed from slavery, but, in the 17 southern and border states, were denied access to education at public land-grant institutions that were created in 1862 as part of the First Morrill Act,” Dr. Edmund R. Buckner, associate dean for Research and Extension Programs at UAPB, said.
Justin Morrill, the author of the Act, believed that all people deserved the right to education, regardless of race or social class. The Second Morrill Act extended educational access to minorities with the creation of the 1890 land-grant universities and Tuskegee University (the 1890s). The universities had a shared goal of educating students in practical in fields such as agriculture and mechanical engineering.
“The 1890 Wellness Walk is an opportunity to reflect on the significance of 1890 universities,” Dr. Buckner said. “These institutions continue to provide educational access to the historically underserved and serve as invaluable assets to their communities.”
The nation’s other 1890 universities will host similar walks in April, both to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act and to promote health and exercise. Throughout 2015, the 1890s will continue to host events and activities to showcase the difference they are making in their communities and across the world.