First African-American grads celebrate golden anniversary

First African-American grads celebrate golden anniversary

Kathryn Long, Staff Writer

April 15, 2016

In 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act followed. And, in 1966, three students, James McCorkle ’66, Melrose Nimmo ’66 and Linda Moore Banks ’66, made history as the first African-American graduates from Guilford College. Continue reading “First African-American grads celebrate golden anniversary”

#BlackLivesMatter week

Francesca Quigley, Staff Writer

October 23, 2015

“Every 28 hours, a black person who is unarmed is murdered in the United States by a police officer, a vigilante or a security guard,” said Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. “That’s happening many times with impunity, and we see this as a pandemic.”

The Black Lives Matter movement began after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Zimmerman was later acquitted.

Since 2012, the movement has developed into multiple chapters around the country and continues to organize and act in response to state violence against bodies of color using a multitude of methods, one being the scheduling of particular Black Lives Matter weeks in different areas.

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Confederate controversy continues

Annie Fullwood, Staff Writer

September 4, 2015

A flag is oftentimes considered the core of a country’s identity. Whether or not the Confederate flag is part of American identity is still under debate.

Since the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., arguments against public and retail use of the flag have spread throughout both the North and South.

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Banquet celebrates black excellence

Annie Fullwood, Staff Writer
April 3, 2015

“All black lives matter because excellence manifests itself within individuals whether or not we agree on it,” said student speaker junior Teresa Bedzigui at the Journeys in Blackness event. “Our journey is far from over.

“Many of us are tired of fighting for our lives, but it is this journey, this process of always becoming, that makes us excellent. We are excellent.”

On March 28, Guilford College faculty, retired professors, students and alumni attended the Journeys into Blackness Banquet to celebrate black excellence.

“This is the third annual banquet,” said Director for Multicultural Education and banquet planner Jada Drew. “The Journeys in Blackness theme has been going on for a few decades here to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month. Now we have the Journeys into Blackness banquet to celebrate not only black excellence, and student and faculty achievement, but also honoring the firsts.”

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