Southern University and A&M College is the Soul Mother of the Jaguar Nation. From its humble beginnings in 1880 in the city of New Orleans as a higher education institution for "people of color" to the present day, she has provided shelter, protection, and inspiration for the underprivileged for 134 years. Southern University has been a world leader in the production of scholars, military officers, and sportsmen. The outstanding leaders highlighted include P. B. S Pinchback, J. S. Clark, Felton Clark, Mel Blount, Bob Love, Lou Brock, and Willie Davenport. The 1948 Jaguars' (12-0) 30-0 victory over San Francisco State Beavers in Kezar Stadium gave credibility to black college football.
EVERETT D. GIBSON was born in Heflin, Louisiana, and is a 1951 cum laude mathematics graduate of Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a U.S. Air Force and Korean Veteran, obtaining the rank of captain. He received his M.S. degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana. His early teaching career began in Bienville and Webster Parishes and concluded at Southern University as Professor Emeritus and football historian. Presently, he is a commissioner and was recently inducted into the Southern University Sports Hall of Fame.
Although the author is educated as a mathematician, his interest in African and African American history was awakened in 1963 when he saw a newsreel depicting-to his surprise-modern skyscrapers in Africa, marking the awakening of the ancient civilizations in Mali and Timbuktu. Cheikh Diop's book African Origin of Civilization served as the bridge to modern scholarship. The author is well aware of the old African proverb, "Until the lion writes his own story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter." The works of Franklin, Vincent, and Gates brought the author's interest full circle and current. The author's interest in Southern University began while he was in junior high school, when Dr. J. S. Clark came home to visit during revival services at the Galilee Baptist Church in the Heflin-Dubberly community.