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Scott-African Studies (cont’d.)
motherland because they have been
through the same brainwashing system
that their child currently goes through.
Where, when, and how will this detri
mental cycle end?
Who among our people are ready to
take the first stand to liberate the descen
dants of Africa from the mental chains on
our brains? Do we sit around, like some
would have us to do, and wait for some
type of miraculous change in our people's
enslaved mentahties? Or are we to ex
pect the slavemaster's children to readily
accept and change the lies to facts for us.
Facts that will destroy many myths set up
by slavery and European supremacy.
Facts that will dismantle the foundation
of European supremacy. Facts that will
liberate all descendants of Akebulan, the
most ancient name used by its people to
refer to Africa. (Which is a Greek and
Roman name given to the continent...not
the original name used by its people!)
The black man and woman are the
fathers and mothers of civilization, cream
of the planet earth, kings and queens of
this universe, for we are the first and after
us there is nothing else. If you do not
know where your people have been, you
will not ha ve corvsdousness of where you
are today in this "New World Order", or
where you are headed.
Brinn-African Studies (cont’d.)
of the program is a cartoon depicting
European culture as a hydra encircling
the globe and blaming today's whites for
what happened long before their time.
Another is an Islamic flyer about the
consumption of pork. Let^s not confuse
our issues. If the crusade for African-
American Studies is to be an excuse for
white-bashing, it should be condemned
by the university s leadership. When you
practice anti-white racism, you alienate
many whites who have long been friends
of the black community. You also risk
scaring off white students who may have
been exposed to African-American cul
ture for the first time at ECSU. While
you're scaring off white students, you
nwy well scare off badly needed funds.
1 have no desire to be a polemicist on
this issue. My record of supporting the
African-American commuiuty is clear.
But these issues are too complicated to
find resolution in the heavy-handed tac
tics of certain students. We should have
more books by black writers in the li
brary, but this must be addressed in the
context of a collection that is inadequate.
Today's African-American faces a greater
danger from toxic waste than from the
Klan. We must address the issues facing
the next generation if we are to achieve
long term change. Growth on all of these
issues will only be achieved when open
dialogue between administrator and
student and between African-An^erican
and European-American becomes com
monplace. A siege mentality helps no
Compiled by Lavenia Dameron
ECSU has raised over $1 million in contributions for the Centennial Campaign,
Chancellor Jimmy Jenkins has announced.
"We are still soliciting gifts from the university family," said Ulysses Bell, Vice
Chancellor for Development and Planning. "We've got about 75 percent participation
and $275,000. We are shooting for about 90 percent and $300,000."
The five-year, $5 million campaign will be used for scholarships, endowed profes
sorships and new equipment.
Bell said the University has received $325,000 out of total goal of $1 million from its
alumni. The ECSU Foundation Board and Board of Trustees have contributed about
$50,000, and $377,000 has come from corporate donations.
ECSU celebrated its Centennial year on Dec. 13 with music, festivals, dinners, guest
speakers, tours of campus facilities and an aerial display from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The celebration culminated with the burial of a time capsule, containing printed
materials, photographs, and a video focusing on the history of the University. The
capsule will be buried until 2041.
Members of the N.C. State Legislature visited campus March 1, for a reanactment
of the signing of House Bill 383, which created what was then known as State Normal
School in 1891.
The bill to establish ECSU was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly
by the Honorable Hugh Cale, a black representative from Pasquotank County.
"The celebration for 1991 is a celebration of past and preparation for our future,"
said Sheila Johnson, the University's Director of Public Relations. "As we honor our
founding fathers, we are setting the pace for our hiture as a growing university."
The Centennial celebration was highlighted in the fall with special guest speaker
Alex Haley at Fall Convocation. In his speech, Haley stressed that ECSU "should be
proud of its African roots and that the importance of the black institution of higher
learning is at an all-time high."
ECSU and the General Alumni Association hosted a 1992 Post-Centennial Dinner/
Dance Gala January 11 in the Kermit E. White Graduate and Continuing Education
Please see News Briefs on page 19
About the coven „
Mr. Alex Haley (1921-1992), while being best known as the author of the l>est-seuer
^^oots, was also recognized for his contributions to mankind. In 1984, Chaim^no t e
Board of Trustees of ECSU, Levin Culpepper, presented Haley with an honorary
Elizabeth City State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees.
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