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THE BENNETT BANNER ^,3 '‘Believing that an informed campus is a Key to Democracy” Wednesday, May 27, 1969 BENNETT COLLEGE, GREENSBORO, N.C. VOL. XXXIll NO. 7 SOBU May Replace NSA Nelson Johnson Black Univ. Instituted Malcolm X Liberation Univer sity is planning to open its doors full-time this Sept. in Durham, The idea for the University came out of a struggle by black stu dents at Duke University to make that institution relevant to black eople. The students ran up a- gainst the usual brick wall of racism, and decided a counter institution was necessary for their survival. In April the idea became a reality with the opening of the university on a part time basis. The response was so over whelming that the decision was made to pursue the development of MXLU on a full-time basis. A series of meetings were held with students, faculty, and other black people throu^outN.C. get ting ideas for the development of the university. On May 2, 3, and 4, a work retreat was held at Franklington Center in Bricks The participants came from the initial meetings, and from other waces throughout the country. The results of these sessions now serve as the base for the continued development of Mal colm X Liberation University, Because the founders feel the existing system of education does not respond to the needs of the black community--does not pro vide an ideological or practical methodology for meeting the phy sical, social, psychological, eco nomic and cultural needs of black people, Malcolm X Liberation University is a direct response to this vacuum. Also, they say it is clear that the revolutionary struggle of Africans in this coun try has reached a level where there must total understanding of the relationship between black people in this country and the whole Pan-African liberation truggle. Blacks are oppressed because they are black and, the community is not determined by geography, but wherever black people are within the community. To accomplish Its goal, Mai- colm X Liberation University must develop a black revolu tionary Ideology, crystallize and project positive self-awareness for black people, and create an educational process that builds and disseminates concepts and techniques to the black commun ity. It shall move to analyze the existing political systems as they relate to black people, and study the institutions of colonizing so cieties, such as those in the U.S. which influence the thinking of black people. It is apparent that this effort must be build around the development of a concept of self-determination and undying love among black people, Malcolm X Liberation Uni- versity represents a real alter, native for Black people seeking liberation from the misconcep tion of an institutionalized ra cist education. Any Black person who accepts the goals and objectives of the university, (stated in the pre ceding paragraphs), is eligible for entrance. Students will be selected on the basis of a per sonal interview, one must sub mit an application. To apply, write to Howard Fuller, Mai- colm X Liberation University, c/o Foundation for Community Development, Post Office Box 647, Durham, N.C. 27702, In order to allow equal considera tion to all applicants, all ap plications must be in by Jidy 31, 1969, An interim committee, which is charged with making the de cisions necessary to open the university in Sept., will review all prospective resource people (formerly known as faculty). Members of the Interim Com mittee are sister Bertie Ho- ward, student, at Duke Univer sity; brother Nelson Johnson, newly elected vice president at A&T Univ,; brother James Vau- ghn, student at N.C.C.; sister Faye Edwards, Program Con sultant at Cornell Univ,; brother q.t, jackson, student at Howard Univ.; brother T.D. Pawley, lee- turer at MIT, brother Howard Fuller, Director of Training for the Foimdation for Community Development; brother Jim Gar. rett. Director of Black studies Program at Federal City College; brother Jim (Kwame) McDonald, Rutgers Univ.; brother Frank Williams, co-ordinator for black Students United for Liberation; brother Cleveland Sellars In- The following is a resolution by the black student participants at NSA Southern area conference, Atlanta, Ga.; Feb, 15, 1969, WHEREAS: The U.S. National Student Association claims a le- gitimate concern with all issues which affect students in their role as students, it has not con- cerned itself with the issues and legitimate concern of black stu dents, and WHEREAS: The U.S. National Student Association has used black college students as pawns in order to maintain a facade of representing all students, and WHEREAS: The U.S. National Student Association has ir responsibility denied black stu dents an effective role in shaping policy and determining direction for the organization, and WHEREAS: The U.S. National Student Association has provided no meaningful service to Black colleges, and has made no at tempts to deal specifically with problems peculiar to Black stu. dents, and WHEREAS: The U.S. National Student Association has used me thods of financial attraction to further divide Black students, and WHEREAS: The U.S. National Student Association is infiltra ted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and with the Fed eral Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and has publicly admitted its connection with the CIA and or ganizations which oppress peo ples of glory, and WHEREAS: This conference on the University and Racism spon sored by the U.S. National Stu dent Association has been a com plete failure and has only pointed out how racist this organization is, and so be it resolved that we, the Black students representa tives of colleges, universities, and black student organizations, denounce the United State Na tional Student Association as a racist *rganization that perpet uates division among black stu- dents, we further urge all black students across the country to sever their affiliation with the USNSA. (Bennett students who attended the conference and who support- ed the resolution are Doris Scott, student government president; Sandra Philpott, newly elected president of the student govern, ment, and Linda Silver, newly elected corresponsing secretary for the Student government.) As a result of the resolution taken at the Atlanta Conference steps were taken to establish a new organization that would meet the needs of Black students. The result was SOBU (Student Organi- zation for Black Unity) a three day conference held at A&T, May 8-10. Approximately sixty students from various colleges and universities came together to establish SOBU as an official student organization. Bennett was an active participant at the con- ference. SOBU went on record as op posing Black capitalism, stating that it was simply white capi talism in reverse, exploiting the masses for economic gains. The delegates emphasized that SOBU was not established as a com petitive organization to other al. ready established Black organi- zations, but that SOBU would strive to work in harmony with these organizations. The conference delegates also urged that students at white in stitutions should raise money to hear Black lectures. The fifth major resolution was the establishment of a Black de fense alliance to be used as a protective arm of SOBU. The delegates agreed on having the SOBU headquarters tempora- rily located at the headquarters of Malcolm X Liberation Uni- versity in Durham. Malcolm X University was also recommend ed to be the Black University with the establishment of various branches to the main university. The representatives at the con- ference established a yearly membership fee to SOBU of $200. per school, recommending that the fee be paid from the treasury of the institutions student govern ment, It was indicated that cer tain allowances might be made for Black student organizations on \rtiite campuses. Area conferences of SOBU will be held in October with the na- tional conference being tenta tively scheduled for Novembet, At the closing session, Nelson Johnson, newly elected vice president of A&T's student body, was elected as national con vener for SOBU, Johnson stated that he would work very hard for the development of this black student organization. Whitney M. Young structor at Cornell Univ. The university will accept ap- plications from any black people who feel they can make a con- tributio«"to the goals and object, ives of the university as a re- source. Financial grangements will be discussed with the ap. plicant. The tuition for Malcolm X Liberation University is a mini, mum 3f $300,00, Any student capable of paying more will be requested to do so. Graduation Speakers Whitney M. Young, Jr., Execu- tive Director of the National Urban League, will be Bennett’s 96th Commencement speaker. He assumed the leadership of this organization on October 1, 1961, climaxing seven years of Urban League service. After seven years as Dean of the Atlanta University School of Social Work. Born in Kentucky, he attended Lincoln institute and graduated from Kentucky State College in 1941. After service in the army, he did graduate work at Mass achusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Minnesota, from which he received his Mas ters degree in 1947. During the academic year 1960-61 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, A lecturer and writer, his book, “To Be Equal”, was published in 1964 by Mcgraw Hill, and a second, entitled “BeyondRa- cism” is now in preparation, A column-To be Equal appears in 93 newspapers across the country and is carried by 20 radio sta- tions. Rev. Dr. J.E. Lowery, Mini- ster, Central United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Ga., will be the Baccalaurate speaker. Rev. Low ery, a native of Alabama is m Rev. Dr. J.E. Lowery chairman of the board, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Is one of Its founders. He has been active in civil rights move- ments and voted outstanding citi- zen of the year on two occasions. The man who talks the most about what he is willing to do Is not always the man who reaches in his pocket when the call for cash for a worthy cause Is heard.