Founded in 1867 as the Cook County Normal School.
1938 Chicago Teachers College (CTC)
As the demographic composition of the south side of Chicago changed, increasing numbers of African-American students began to attend the college. By the 1950s, nearly 30% of the student body was black.
In 1967, it became Chicago State University.
Chicago State University in 1971
By the mid-1960s the college's infrastructure was deteriorating and tensions between the majority white student body and the mostly black surrounding neighborhood were on the rise.
the African-American portion of the student body swelled from 60% at the outset of the 1970s to over 80% by 1980.
These shifting demographics encouraged a debate over whether CSU should be considered a predominantly African-American institution, akin to the HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or whether it should retain a multicultural and multiracial identity. That debate has continued in some form ever since.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_State_University#1950%E2%80%931979:_Name_changes,_new_location