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6 Belles take 1st place
at history symposium
Six Bennett students recently took first
place atahistcay symposium in Tallahas
see at the Southan Confaence for Afri
can American Studies Feb. 15-17.
Those taking the top honors in the
student division for their presentation are
Mariacorazon Hill, junior English major
from Washington D.C.; Nicole South-
em,junior English major fron Pittsburgh;
Ana Annan, junior political science ma
jor from New York; Samantha Dow,
junior political science majw from New
Jersey; Ursula Cobbs senior English
major from New Jersey; and Alicia
Hubbard, a senior English-Ed. major
also from New Jersey.
The students were assigned to take
an aspect of the Plessy vs. Ferguson and
Brown vs. the Board of Education cases
and apply it to the world today dealing
with African-American conununities or
Please timi to 6 Belles, Page 3
OP-ED: Wtiat Black History Month Means to Me..
NEWS & FEAlDRES'.Honor students listed.
..Pages 4 &5
SPORTS: Se//e swim team In the making.
NEWS & FEATURES: Women's History Month Events. Page 7
The Newsoaoer Produced bv the Phenomenal Women of Bennett College
Greensboro, NC 27401
VOL. XVIII NO. 8
As a part of Black
History Month, vari
ous Bennett Banner
placed on display in
the Holgate library.
These issues front
pages featured his
torical events includ
ing a visit to the
campus from the
Rev. Martin Luther
Photo by Tahja McVay
Students urged to join
community in Kmart protest
Lab Reporter & Staff
Bennett students received an open invi
tation to go shopping and get arrested.
During the SGA's full body meeting
on Feb. 20, local leaders urged smdents to
join Kmart workers in their fight for par
Guest speaker. Rev. Nelson Johnson
addressedagroup of more then 30 people
in the David D. Jones Student foyer to
inform them of the protests against Kmart
Distribution Center and encouraged the
wonen to get involved.
“This is cme of the most significant
struggles occuring in the state, in the na
tion and it cannot ultimately be successful
unless Bennett and A&T join,” Johnson
Along with the Rev. Jctoison, County
Commissioner candidate, Ed Whitfield
stressed the importance of Bennett stu
“Bennett students are a very important
part of this community," Whitfield said.
"Bennett is a place for a good edqcation,
but you must remember those who are
struggling and pull together for a real
Johnson said the controversy began
when workers discovered they were being
paid less than their counterparts at other
distribution centers. Then, claims of race
discrimination, and sexual harassment
arose. Wwkers sought the help of a union
and ultianately the help the community.
Among the first to offer suRX)rt was the
Pulpit Forum, which is cranprised of 85
ministers. Jdinson, who is a member of
the group, said they were stepping up to do
the right thing for the wwkers and the
community. They chose to be the front
runners in order to call attention to the
“We went out to Kmart to take a stand
and make peq)le ask why is it that these
preachers are in jail and not in the pulpit,”
Although he encouraged the students to
go to the protests and get arrested, he
admitted that these ministers were willing
to risk being arrested because they wCTe
fHease turn to Stadents urged. Page 7
After an outstanding Christmas per
formance of Vavaldi’s Gloria for the
Christmas ACES program, the members
of the Bennett College Choir are now
p^paring for their next task: A spring
tour from March 2-10.
While the rest of the students are on
spring break resting, the choir will be
busy singing in a variety of cities through
out the country including Detroit, Chi
cago, Nashville, and cities in Ohio and
Over the past few weeks they have
been rehearsing music that will provide
the audience with a diverse program.
The vocalists are practicing everything
from well known classical pieces to popu
lar jazz pieces.
“There will be something for eveiy-
(Hie and once the audience has listened to
the program,” said choir director Karla
“I think that they will be able to sit
back and aj^reciate our work.”
Travel is not unusual for the singers.
They have toured as far as Africa for the
caning of Africa University.
The choir has also performed for Presi
dent Bill Clinton.
“The Bennett College Choir is an elite
group of ladies directed by a Diva and
accompanied by ‘the maestro’ of music.
Dr. David Pinnix,” said Jori J. Johnson,
ajunior mass cranmunications major frran
New Orieans, who has toured with the
‘This will certainly result in a fabulous