Listen Live
HomeRadio One Exclusives

HBCU Know Highlights Activist Leon Sullivan of West Virginia State University

Dismiss
RNB Fest 2024 social graphics and individual artist graphis
Rock T HBCU U Know

Source: R1 Digital / Rock T

On this morning’s HBCU Know, Rock-T highlights West Virginia State University’s very own Leon Sullivan.

Text “RICKEY” to 71007 to join the Rickey Smiley Morning Show mobile club for exclusive news. (Terms and conditions).

Sullivan was a minister, civil rights leader, and social activist (with a focus on creating job training in the African-American community). He received his nickname “Lion of Zion” from his 38 years of work at Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia. 

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE

While attending “the state”, he was on both the football and basketball teams. According to WVSU, Sullivan received many honors during his lifetime including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Four Freedoms Award, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award. The university’s Sullivan Hall is also named in his honor.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR APP AND TAKE US WITH YOU ANYWHERE!

WVSU, located in Institute, West Virginia, was founded in 1891. Other notable “yellow jacket” alumni include the first black NBA player, Earl Lloyd, and trailblazing mathematician Katherine Johnson (portrayed in the movie Hidden Figures).

See: Taraji P. Henson: “I Was Hurt” After Reading “Hidden Figures” Script [VIDEO]

HEAD BACK TO THE RICKEYSMILEYMORNINGSHOW.COM HOMEPAGE

To have your favorite HBCU featured on the show, hit up @RockTHolla on social media!

RELATED:

Morgan State University To Become First HBCU To Offer Division I Wrestling

HBCU Know Highlights Kara McCullough: Nuclear Scientist Turned Miss USA

HBCU U KNOW: Thee FIRST HBCU Institution Cheyney University Of Pennsylvania [WATCH]

HBCU Know Highlights Activist Leon Sullivan of West Virginia State University  was originally published on rickeysmileymorningshow.com