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Hampton University plans to establish the nation's first African American Poetry Archive to be housed in the university's museum. The archive will serve as a central repository of documents relating to African American poetry and poetics. Among its holdings are:

* manuscripts from Black literary critics W.S. Braithwaite, W.S. Scarboroug, and Nancy McGhee;

* original manuscripts from the Soithern Workman, the earliest African American intellectual and creative journal which published the works of Charles Chesnutt, Paul Laurence Dunbar. Alice Dunbar Nelson, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Jessie Redmon Fauset, and James D. Corothers;

* early editions of works by Phillis Wheatley and Helen W. Ludlow; * manuscripts of spirituals, which are the foundation of the African American poetic tradition; and

*original photographs taken by Leigh Richmond Miner which were used to accompany Paul Laurence Dunbar's illustrated poetry collections.

Southern University and A&M College's College of Business has received accreditation of its baccalaureate and master's degree programs from AACSB -- the International Association for Management Education. The college was commended for its; inclusive, realistic, and challenging planning process; active college advisory board; use of speakers and mentors from the business community: noteworthy levels of student and faculty interaction with respect to student organizations and assistance by faculty outside the classroom; commitment by the faculty to the institution; and active, effective, and respected leadership.

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