LOUISVILLE, KY – In April 2015, Simmons College of Kentucky (SCKY) was designated as the 107th historically black college and university joining Kentucky State University as the second HBCU in Kentucky. Now Simmons College is making moves and gearing forward in several ways to preparing the next leaders of tomorrow while empowering the community.
SCKY has recently announced the National Baptist Convention of America International (NBCA) will relocate their headquarters from Dallas to the campus of SCKY in Louisville. NBCA also has a new educational partnership with the institution. NBCA President, Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. has embraced Simmons as the educational provider for their domination. SCKY also scored a partnership with the Full Gospel Fellowship International, which has made Simmons their educational partner in the training of clergy and lay leadership.
Simmons College was established in 1879 by members of black baptist churches in Kentucky who organized a state convention of Colored Baptist Churches. In November of 1879, trustees of the Convention of Colored Baptist Church purchased four (4) acres of land on the corner of 7th and Kentucky Street in Louisville that immediately served as the campus for the school.
In 2005, Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, who is the senior pastor at St. Stephen Church was named the 13th president and subsequently changed the name of the school to Simmons College of Kentucky whose once name(s) were: Simmons University, State University, Louisville Municipal College, and Simmons Bible College.
The name change to Simmons College of Kentucky was to reflect the school’s mission to prepare Christians for ministry, while reinstating its initial mission of general education. In 1930, The Great Depression came across the campus and forced the institution to sell its property due to foreclosure on the mortgage. But in 2006, the institution was fortunate to buy its original campus and move back. In March 2015, the institution received its accreditation.
SCKY welcomed Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. last month, who spoke during the West Louisville Forum sponsored by the institution. During his visit, he urged African-Americans in Louisville to go to the polls on election day and vote. Award-winning novelist and co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation Marita Golden will speak during the next West Louisville Forum on Wednesday, November 2.
Simmons College of Kentucky continues to thrive as a institution of higher learning serving traditionally underserved communities. For more information about Simmons College of Kentucky, call (502) 776-1443 or visit www.simmonscollegeky.edu.