Tuesday, January 18

The Lincolnian’s History

A legacy of firsts, the voice of the next

The Lincolnian is Lincoln University’s online student newspaper; created to allow students to voice their concerns and opinions, and raise awareness to inform the community. Established in 1854, The Lincoln University has retained recognition as the first degree-granting historically black university, and has continued to be a prestigious institution where being the first matters. Lincoln has been the home of many ‘first’ achievements and notable alumni including Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes and Kwame Nkrumah.

Among our most notable alumni that have left a legacy of ‘first’ accomplishments include: Langston Hughes, ‘29, world acclaimed poet; Thurgood Marshall, ‘30, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Hildrus A. Poindexter, ’24, the first African American to earn both an M.D. (1929, Harvard University) and a Ph.D. (1932, Columbia University) as well as also the first African American internationally-recognized authority on tropical diseases

Lillian Fishburne, ’71, the first African American female U.S. Navy Rear Admiral; Nnamdi Azikiwe, ’30, the first president of Nigeria; Kwame Nkrumah, ’39, the first president of Ghana; Sibusiso Vil-Nkomo, Ph.D., ’81, the first Black dean of the University of Pretoria after the dismantling of Apartheid; Tjama Tjivikua, Ph.D., ’83, the first rector of the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek; and Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, ’94, the first female Prime Minister of Namibia.

The first Lincoln student newspaper was published in 1925, when it was originally called Lincoln News. In 1933, the name changed to The Lincolnian, and from then on the newspaper continues to be the first to bring news to the community. Articles, editorials, poetry, etc. by Lincoln University students, such as Langston Hughes, Kwame Nkrumah, and Gil Scott Heron, have appeared on the newspaper. Now, the online newspaper provides the voice of the the next generation of students to continue inspiring a legacy of firsts.

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