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History of JCSU

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Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte’s premier new urban university, will celebrate its sesquicentennial during the 2016-17 academic year. For 150 years, JCSU has stood as a beacon of undeniable progress. From the university’s first bricks laid by newly freed Blacks to our U.S. News and World Report Most Diverse HBCU ranking, from being the only student choir among world-renowned professionals at the 2016 Spoleto performing arts festival to fielding four Olympic athletes, Johnson C. Smith University has continually exceeded the expectations of a small, private liberal-arts institution.