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THE BENNETT BANNER N, '‘Believing that an informed campus is a Key to Democracy’^ WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1973 BENNETT COLLEGE, GREENSBORO, N. C. VOL XXXVI, NO. 3 RIVERSIDE MINISTER SPEAKS AT SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE Bennett College observed its traditional Service of Re membrance for David Dallas Jones on January 28, 1973 in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel. The tribute is paid annually to the man who be came the first president of Bennett College for Wom/en in 1926. The contemporary address was delivered by Dr. Robert L. Polk, Minister of Urban Affairs at The Riverside Church in New York City. This courch gained national prominence by being the site of James Forman’s announce ment of the “Black Manifes to.” The controversial docu ment called for a $500 million reparation from American churches and synagogues for the injustices suffered by blacks under slavery and capitalism. Dr. Polk who formerly served as college chaplain and Dean of Student Affairs of Dillard University, paral leled the biblical success of David over the giant Goliath which symbolizes man’s at tempt to overcome his prob lems. “Every man, every woman, every person faces some kind of Goliath. But you’ve got to conquer that problem before it conquers you,” he stated. Dr. Polk cited three ele ments which are essential to combatting problems faced by all men. “The formula for courage is to remember that the giant is always vulnerable and that you must he willing to admit that to yourself.” He further stated that each man must have confidence in his own judgment. “When a man faces a serious problem in his life he is well advised to seek counsel,” he contend ed, “but he should fully un derstand that they are not going to solve his problems for him-” He said that this derives from having confidence in one’s self, his parent’s teach ing, and from one’s Christian faith. The Chicago native added that the final element neces sary to combat the problem is to face it, as he said, “No battle is ever won until it is begim.” He urged the College stu dent to “use your education, your strengths, and your un derstanding of who you are tc take that first step to rout out a number of the social problems” facing contempor ary society. A special musical tribute was rendered by Cellist Ar- melia Thomas, a member of the Music Faculty. She play ed Cedric Sharpe’s “The An- gelus” and was accompanied by Dr. Charlotte Alston. 1973 — AN IMPORTANT YEAR 1973 is both symbolic and practical in the develop ment of Bennett College. It symbolizes a success story, for the College has indeed survived the hostilities of the region and the times and re mains a fuUy accredited in stitution. It will be practical, as the College seeks to broad en its scope. It is as Dr. Isaac Miller says: “Colleges will not live in the future on the basis of their past, but on the basis of contributions they make to relevant social concerns and needs.” The aims of the year are very dependent upon the three-year capital fund drive which will be kicked off in May, 1973. $1.5 million will be used toward tbe Endow ment Fund to expand tbe fi nancial aid program and faculty benefits. The other $1.5 million will be used for campus expansion and renovation. This includes the construction of a new health center and landscap ing. Already the Student Union has been painted and refurbishment proceedings taken. Major financial commit ments have been nmade by the following: Burlington In dustries Foundation, $50,000; The Z. Smith Reynolds Foun dation, $100,000; the Woman’s Home Missionary Society, $25,000; the Board of Educa tion of the United Methodist Church, $25,000; and R. J. Reynolds Industries, Inc., $25,000. Three Alumnae Named To Trustee Board M’rs. Hortense R. Wells ’41, Mrs. Lydia Jetton Rogers ’38, and Mrs. Emma Coston Smith ’48 were named to the Trustee Board during the last fall meeting. Mrs. Wells presently serves as director of the Norfolk, Virginia Model City Educa tional Program. She complet ed her graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and did further study at seven major universities. She is a member of numerous profes sional organizations. Mrs. Rogers is a retired in structor of Home Economics and Textile Science at How ard University where she taught for 31 years. She did her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin and studied on the doctoral level at New York University. Mrs. Smith is Supervisor and Placement Coordinator in the Foster Care Division of the Bucks County Depart ment of Child Welfare in ' Philadelphia. For the past four years she has been pres ident of the Delaware Valley Alumnae Association and presently serves as chairman of the National Alumnae As sociation Centennial Commit tee. YOBU DISCUSSES THE PLIGHT OF BLACK COLLEGES Exam Schedule On January 31, 1973, Di’. Chauncey Winston, dean of instruction, an nounced a change in the final examinations sched ule for students other than seniors. The final exami nations will be held on April 25-28, inclusive, and April 30-May 1, inclusive, instead of April 30-May 4. The dates for final exam inations for seniors will not be changed. Those dates are still April 25-28, inclusive. On January 13 and 14, rep resentatives from 14 majn Black Colleges and the Youth Organization for Black Unity (YOBU) came together on the campus of North Caro lina A&T State University. The students discussed their role in relationship to the plight that presently threat ens the existence of Black Colleges across the country. An assessment of the pres ent problems that face Black colleges established that the major problem is a lack of funding necessary to aid in the development of services, facilities, and faculty that are required by modern relevant education. Also, there was a great deal of discussion around the repression and scare tactics that the stu dents at Southern University, Grambling and Arkansas A. M. & N. are receiving be cause of their attempts to improve, alter and further develop the character of their campuses. Having attended similar meetings in the past, the stu dents recognized the need for a qualitative change in the approach to dealing with Black Institutions. It was de cided that there was a need for a well planned, well co ordinated national effort, that would involve all segments of the Black community in . the struggle to save Black schools. One of the initial steps will be to call together represen tatives from the 120 Black Schools across the counti'y in an initial workshop-planning session to; (1) Define what we perceive as a quality edu cation for Black peoples; and (2) Seriously discuss, out line and agree upon a nation al ^rategy that will deal ef fectively with the plight of Black Colleges. One student said, “Black Colleges and Universities are being merged into Junior Partnerships with white in stitutions, they are forced to become white oriented insti tutions in an effort to receive greater funding. We as Black students must fight to main tain Black Educational In stitutions.” The date that was set for the national workshop-plan ning session is March 16-18, 19T3. The schools that were fnvolved in the pre-planning session are: Arkansas A. M. Clark College, Spelman College, South Carolina State, Southern University, Wash ington Technical Institute, Virginia State, Lincoln Uni versity, North Carolina A&T State University, Jackson State College, Central State University, Mississippi Indus trial College, Bowie State, Bennett College and the Youth Organization for Black Unity. One representative was se lected from each of the four teen schools represented to form a national steering com mittee 'to coordinate the pre liminary aspects leading up to the national conferences at which time additional mem bers will be added. Following the conference, the participants held a press conference where they issued the following statement voic ing their concern over the present crisis and the grow ing repression of Black stu dents at Southern University and other Black Colleges: Since the reopening of the two Southern University cam puses on January 3, 1973, the situation has been one of repression, intimidation, and harrassment. Louisiana state and college officials in co operation with the white news media have moved to keep present day activities from being publicized. The students on the Baton Rouge campus after having signed a loyalty oath to the school are required to pre sent two identification cards, ones issued since the Novem ber 16th murders, before (Continued on Page 4) A centennial year gift of $450 was given to Bennett College by Greensboro’s North western Bank. Dr. Isaac H. Miller accepted the gift from Northwestern representatives Jack D. Horner, eVecutive vice president; and Thomas S. Strickland, marketing officer.