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HBCUs have thrived in Division-I and Division-II. The two D-I conferences, MEAC and SWAC, have found ways to capitalize off the draw of its programs. The MEAC ends the regular season with the Florida Classic, which is the largest dual school-owned classic in the country. The SWAC ends its season with the Bayou Classic and the SWAC Championship. The winner of each conference meets in Atlanta for the de facto D-I HBCU national championship, the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.
Knoxville College is a historically black liberal arts college in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, which was founded in 1875 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America. It is a United Negro College Fund member school.
Austin High and Austin East High Alumni for their 140th anniversary celebration at the Knoxville Convention Center July 6, 2019.
Alumni president attorney George Underwood has signed contracts with the center and has made arrangements
with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center to help with ticket sales and logistics. Established in 1879,
Austin High School was the city's first high school for black students. During its 140 years of existence, the school has changed its name four times and has been in five different locations. Yet, basically many of the same families have been represented in all five buildings.
4 honored at first commencement One of the early reports of that history appeared in the Knoxville Daily Tribune June 9, 1888,
when the first commencement was held the night before at Staub's Theatre. It said: "An immense audience of the elite of the colored society of the city was present. Upon the stage were seated the four graduates, the colored teachers in the schools, and Prof. Albert Ruth, superintendent of schools, presiding."
Austin-East Magnet High School through the years
After the singing of several groups and the presentation of awards,
President of the Board of Education E. E. McCroskey awarded the diplomas and made the commencement address:
"This evening we have come here for the purpose of taking part in an event which is the first of its kind ever taken place in this city. Your race has had one friend, who has sacrificed everything of personal comfort and pleasure and given all her time, energies, and means to secure your social and intellectual education. It is hardly necessary for me to call the name of Miss Emily L. Austin."