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V acation
Dec. 20
Campus Mourns JFK Death
Memorial Service
Held For Kennedy
Saturday, November 2Srd, at
twelve noon a little more than
twenty-four hours after the tragic
death of President John F. Ken
nedy, the Bennett family assembled
in Pfeiffer Chapel to commemorate
the memory of this fine and noble
This somber occasion was pre
sided ovea: by President WiUa B.
Player. Reverend John G. Corry
read the Scripture passage and
prayed for the grief-stricken peo
ple the world over. A selection
by the Bennett College Choir en
hanced the sacredness of the as
A beautiful tribute to the dead
leader was given by Rev. A. Knigh
ton Stanley. Rev. Stanley spoke ol
the greatness and magnitude ol
the respect which the President
held the world over. Mr. Kennedy,
the man, was a warm and per
sonable individual whose dignity
and dedication brings only praise
from those who opposed him.
mj'eciea inib tUe ser
vice by the words of Dr. Kenneth
L Brown who emphasized the re
sponsibility that the citizens of this
nation have, to uphold the princi
ples of freedom, justice and world
peace for which John F. Kennedy
gave his life. Dr. Brown said that
all Americans can have a sense of
pride in our governmental struc
ture which functions effectively
even in time of gravest emergency
and deepest tragedy.
Scholars Spend
Monfh On Campus
H Tribute Id John f. fenncdg
in speaking to them and introduc- ^
ing themselves. |
Dr. and Mrs. Brown expressed i
admiration of the beauty of our | tribute to John F, Kennedy. We mourn
campus including the foiige and death. He was our friend. We loved him well ... I re-
I commented on our “beautiful situa- occasion on which I met him. He was good
During the month of November tion.” One thing whkh impressed himself upright. His
our campus was enlightened by the them most was the kind of enrich- gygg.looked his OWn height. He moved with the grace of an
presence of two distinguished education that they fo5'n athlete. His skin was tanned by a wholesome outdoor life,
niest.! Dr and Mrs Kenneth I campus. A variety o courses ^ clear and wide open. Physically, he was a
guests. Dr. and Mrs. Ke eth . dormitory discussions Somehow, gentle though he was, he was
Brown of St. Louis, Mo. The other features provides the en- familiar. He had a kind of innate nobility which
Browns resided in the campus richment that comes in part through out.
Home Management House and ac-1 special projects such as the Book i , , .
, X- ■ .3  n Fair and the Annual Homemaking He was democratic, yet he was the lustification of aristo-
tively participated in all r*amnnq i
affairs. On numerous
they broadened our activities with Service.
Fair and the Annual Homemaking
Institute. Also found impressive cracy. Those of US who met him knew instinctively that he
was the Wednesday Night Vesper
Student Teaching
Involves Seniors
School bells are ringing for
seventy-two Bennett College sen
iors who began their student teach
ing on November 4, in twenty-three
public schools in North Carolina.
This educational venture is to con
tinue through January 11, thus giv
ing the seniors eight weeks of first
hand contact with pupils in the
classroom. Fifty-four seniors are
teaching on the secondary level.
The fields of subject matter rep
resented are business education,
science, home economics, mathe
matics, English, French, physical
education, social science and music.
There are eighteen seniors doing
their student teaching on the ele
mentary level.
These seniors are under the sup
ervision of Dr. Chauncey G. Wins
ton and Mr. Charles I. Brown on
the secondary level and Miss Mary
Ann Rogers on the elementary
There are many opinions shared
by the seniors on this challenging
experience. To many it has been
more than an assignment. It rep
resents forward steps into their
future careers.
accounts of their many and varied
When inquiry Wcis made concern
ing the nature of the visit, it was
learned that Dr. Brown, who was
for ten years the executive direct
or of the Danforth Foundation,
early became interested in Negro
education. This interest grew in
the last five years of his adminis-
stration in the foundation. After
his retirement the Browns went for
a two-month study tour of Africa
and while they were there they
were impressed with the generosity
of the people and their friendli
ness. Upon returning to the states,
Dr. 3v,v;n clecidcd to invest some
years in the study of Negro educa
Dr. D. A. Beittel, president of
Tougaloo College had known Dr.
Brown as a college administrator
and invited him to Tougaloo to
sipend a month among the students
and faculty. “That month was suc
cessful both from the college’s point
of view as well as our own,” said
Mrs. Brown.
Shortly after this occasion, Dr.
William Trent, then head of the
United Negro College Fund, asked
the Browns if they would spend
four months on four U.N.C.F. col
lege campuses. They accepted, and
Bennett along with Livingstone and
two other colleges, not yet reveal
ed, were selected.
Dr. Brown has a varied back
ground and, prior to his affiliation
with the Danforth Foundation, he
taught for five years at Stephen’s
College, Columbia, Mo. He was
president of Hiram College in Ohio
for ten years. He was also presi
dent of Denison University and the
first executive director of the Dan
forth Foundation.
Dr. Brown and his wife have
much to offer in the area of travel
Bennett anxiously awaits the
was our superior — a man of finer temper than ourselves, a
Chief Magistrate in his own right. I suppose that was why
he could be so humble without a loss of dignity. For he was
next visit of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth humble too, if that is the right word, and I think it is. No
I. Brown who endeared themselves
to the campus.
Annual Fall Honors
Convocation Held
The Annual Fall Honors Convo
cation was held Friday, November
15 at ten o’clock in the Annie
Memer Pfeiffer Chapel, honoring
the students who had achieved aca
demic excellence throughout their
years at the college. President
Player presided while Dr. Kenneth
trouble that troubled the world was too small for him to
attend to.
But on November 22, our friend, John F. Kennedy, met
his last foe. His soul rests. He has become a part of eternity
because he loved all men; a part of God because, like God, he
knew not race, or religion, or region or prejudice. In this
world he discovered what portion of God men had gained for
themselves and judged them by this quantity. Out of the un
known he enters again into it. Out of the mist of one moun
tain range he passes into the mist of a second. But we knew
him while he tarried with us in this better lighted valley
which lies between.
As God has always spoken through history in judgment
against the sin of institutions and men, so even now through
this heinous deed he speaks to us again . . . For the same
evil, recalcitrant forces in our world which enslaved and
sought to destroy the ancient Hebrew People, killed John F.
I, Brown, rp+irec’. exe^utivp Kennedy. The .same sword that beheaded John the B.'^.pii^-
assasinated our beloved friend. The Roman lions which drank
the blood and ate the flesh of the early Christians walked the
streets of Dallas on November 22.
or of the Danforth Foundation,
gave an inspiring address in which
he encouraged academic achieve
ment by the entire student body.
Assisting with the presentation of
awards was Dr. Chauncey G. Wins
The following students were re
cipients of the awards: four seniors
who maintained an accumulative
average of 2.4 or above, Lilia Al
phonse, Emma Brown, Linda
Powell, and Bertha Stokley; thir
teen juniors who maintained an
accumulative average of 2.3 or
above, Mary Adams, Patricia Cor
ry, Johnsie Mae Dalton, Marthalia
Dunn, Wilma Giles, Nancy Glymph,
Velma Harris, Gloria Hayes, Mary
Lownes, Marie-Teresa N w a n z e,
Bertha Otey and Beatrice Perry;
Twenty-two sophomores who
maintained an accumulative aver
age of 2.2 or above, Marsha Bul
lock, Carolyn Conway, Patricia
Man’s inhumanity to man which made captives of black
folk from Africa on American shores lifted its vicious head
again. John Wilkes Booth appeared in Dallas O'n November
22. In his company were the Pharoahs, the Ceasars, the
Pontius Pilates, the Judases, the Hitlers, the Mu8solinis, the
Beckwiths, the States Righters, the Bigots, the Right Wing
ers, the Conservatives, the Burchites, the Impeach Earl
Warreners, the Klu Klux Klaners, the Eastlands, the Wal-
hces the Faubuses, the Barnetts of all history and time—
These were the forces of evil and recalcitrance which con
spired against a great and earnest man of work and vision
who sought to cancel and annul all that these conspirators
against God’s action in history stood for, were and are.
Johnson, Marian Kelly, Carolyn
King, Mamie Lias, Carolyn Mad
dox, Gwendolyn McQueen, Viola
Owens, Burnadette Purvis, Ernes-
tine Reddick, Eva Rice, Sandra
ing experiences. They have made, Satterwhite, Lily So, Wei Lie So
two trips around the world, spent and Annie Suite.
time in Africa in 1961, made three
trips to India and visited Europe,
Burma, Thailand, Hong Kong, the
Middle East and numerous other
places around the world.
In expressing their opinions and
impressions of Bennett, the Browns
said that they thoroughly enjoyed
the Ufe on this campus. Having
spent some twenty-five years on
college campuses, they consider the
campus their second home. The
Browns found the Bennett family
friendly, cooperative and gracious.
They were glad to be accepted as
a part of the family for a whole
month. They felt very welcome
and the students were thoughtful
But you and I were also there to fire the fatal shot . . .
Churches and Universities were there . . . Families and
Governments were there . . . Beggar men and Mighty Kings
were there. Preachers, priests, and gambling men were there.
Indeed, every man who has not sought to establish the Good,
the Beautiful and the Just, and True with all of the Power
and in all of Time which God has given him was there. Every
man who does not work for the disestablishment of evil,
Greene, Rachael Henderson, Gail recalcitrant forces in our world, was there. Indeed, you and
Hickerson, Amanda Houston, Freda j were there . . .
Isaacs, Brenda Jackson, Sandra „ , ^ . xt- , i a. a-i
But God gives to His children an extra measure of Grace
in a time of deep need. It is incumbent upon us, the I'ving,
therefore, to rise up in the face of this judgment of God
upon history and upon o'lrselves with new vigor and dedica
tion the building of His Kingdom on earth. n°ver askinr what
God and our country and our world may do for us. But asking
what, in the face of world revolution and human need, we
may do for God, for our country and for our world.
The Honors Convocation was
sponsored by the convocation com
mittee chaired by Miss Dorothy
D. Boone.
Coming Next Year!! Watch for
two new features in the January
issue of the Bennett Banner. Ahs
and Ends by Jewelle Merritt and
Family Album by Pat Greene.
We leam to do not by doing or
thinking, but by thinking about
what we are doing.
In the Spirit of John F. Kennedy, let not the purpose of
God be halted in this traeric hour. Let not the Good of God
which John Kennedy embodied and acted uuon be concl”ded
in'the desert of futility and despair. But let us move on with
irresistible purpose to the consummation of all that is part
ial, to the completion of all that is fras’mentary, to the reve
lation of all that is h’d in Him from Whom all life is come
forth, and to Whom all life is set to return.
In the name of the Father,
The Son, The Holy Spirit
—A. Knighton Stanley
Delivered at Bcin^tt College
November 23, 1963

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