Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University
Mississippi Valley State University

Mississippi Valley State University is a historically black university located in Mississippi Valley State, Leflore County, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta, near Itta Bena. MVSU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.HistoryThe institution, which opened in 1950, was created by the Mississippi Legislature as Mississippi Vocational College. The legislation to form the institution was signed into law by Governor Thomas L. Bailey on April 5, 1946. The legislature anticipated that legal segregation of public education was in danger (and would in four years be declared unconstitutional in the United States Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education) and therefore created the institution, hoping that its existence would draw African-American applicants who might have otherwise applied to attend Mississippi's premier whites-only institutions—the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Creating separate institutions of higher learning for Mississippi's black population, the state's political leaders hoped, would help ease the pressure to integrate the state's premier universities. To attract the support of those who opposed any government action to provide higher education to blacks, those proposing creation of M.V.C. used the term "vocational" to imply that the institution's main purpose would be to train blacks to take on blue-collar jobs.

Map Location
location: MVSU 14000 Hwy 82 West, Itta Bena, MS
type: Sports Team
category: Sports Team, College & University, School
phone: (662) 254-9041

Dancing Events at Mississippi Valley State University

  • Hip Hop Fever Dance Competition
    Hip Hop Fever Dance Competition
    December 2 @ 1pm - 8pm

    Mississippi Valley State University, MVSU 14000 Hwy 82 West, Itta Bena, MS, 38941

    Are you a fan of Bring It? Always wanted to see a LIVE competition taped for the show? On Saturday, December 2nd, come out to the Hip Hop Fever Dance ...




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