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Livingstone brings trophy home

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By David Whisenant | November 4, 2018 at 8:44 AM EST – Updated November 4 at 8:55 AM CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The Commemorative Classic trophy is coming back to Salisbury after Livingstone College defeated Johnson C. Smith University 20-9 at the Irwin Belk complex on Saturday. The annual game marks the anniversary of the first black college football game played in the United States. 126 years ago, Livingstone College awaited the arrival of Johnson C. Smith University (then Biddle Memorial Institute), who traveled by horse and buggy to Salisbury to play football. But it wasn’t just any game. That contest, held on a snowy Dec. 27, 1892, on the front lawn of Livingstone College, was the first black college football game played in America. The annual classic game started in 2009 to celebrate the history of the inaugural game and has continued ever since. The original Livingstone team was formally organized in the fall of 1892 and included J.W. Walker (captain); W.J. Trent (manager), who later became the longest-serving president of Livingstone; R.J, Rencher; Henry Rives; C.N. Garland; J.R. Dillard; J.B.A. Yelverton; Wade Hampton; Charles H Patrick; J.J. Taylor; and F.H. Cummings. According to the college newspaper’s 1930 edition, team members purchased a regulation football and uniforms, and the players equipped their street shoes with cleats, taking them off after practice. The young women of the school’s industrial department made the players’ uniforms. The teams played two 45-minute halves with W.J. Trent scoring Livingstone’s only touchdown on a fumble recovery. Biddle argued …

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Slain officer attended Livingstone College

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SALISBURY – Terrence Carraway, the officer killed in the line of duty in Florence, S.C., on Oct. 3, attended Livingstone College. College records show that Carraway was a student from fall 1984 to spring 1985. Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, alumni and students extend their deepest condolences to Carraway’s family and to his fellow officers. Carraway, 52, was a 30-year veteran with the Florence Police Department. According to news reports, Frederick Hopkins, a 74-year-old disabled veteran, opened fired on officers when they tried to execute a search warrant. Carraway was minutes away when he got the call to help his fellow officers. He was killed and six others were wounded. He was described by Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler as “the bravest police officer” he’s ever known. Carraway’s Facebook page listed Livingstone College as the school where he studied. “It was clear that he was proud to have attended Livingstone College,” Jenkins said. “We’ve already heard from alumni who knew him while he matriculated here. This is our homecoming weekend, and we intend to pause throughout our events to reflect and honor the braveness of this veteran law enforcement officer, this fallen Blue Bear.”                      

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Livingstone awarded $500,000 grant from National Park Service to rehab library

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By Kimberly Harrington Livingstone News Service The National Park Service announced Monday that Livingstone College received a $500,000 grant to help rehabilitate its Andrew Carnegie Library. The grant award, funded through the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service (NPS), was announced Aug. 27 as part of $8.6 million in total grant funding to support projects that preserve significant historic structures on the campuses of 18 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “This award will enable Livingstone College to repair the roof, update the HVAC and electrical systems, and install more connections for high speed internet,” said Dr. Carolyn Duncan, vice president of Academic Affairs and author of the grant. “We will bring in 21st Century conveniences for our public while retaining the historical grandness that makes this building so special.” Laura Johnson, library director, had been looking for funding grants to preserve the 110-year-old library for several years. In 2017, Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., formed the Federal Grants and Contracts Committee, which began seeking a funding project. The committee and Johnson started working together in the fall of 2017, collecting historical information, quotes from contractors and input from people such as Karen Hobson of the Historic Salisbury Foundation. “Hobson loves historical buildings and wants to preserve them for the heritage they add to the community,” Duncan said. Duncan, who is also a Livingstone College graduate, led the committee in crafting the winning proposal. “It was a labor of love,” she said. “It …

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Professor attends ‘Black Girls Write’ institute

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Livingstone College faculty member and recent children’s book author, Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish, was selected to attend the “Black Girls Write” UNCF/Mellon Faculty Teaching and Learning Institute at Hampton University. She was among 16 applicants selected that included scholars, writers, artists, activists, filmmakers, and others who produce work in the creation of and representation of Black women/girls in Speculative Fiction. Parrish is the author of “Seven’s Heaven,” which addresses family displacement and the experiences children undergo when living with extended family members. “I am excited about this opportunity because I plan to make “Seven’s Heaven” a seven-text series whereas the main character, Seven, introduces her young readers to moments in time with a magical journal and pen. This institute is exactly what I need to give me that push as our workshops will include dialogue about our research and crafts while also investigating/sharing how our work speaks to larger cultural, political or societal concerns such as health, violence and sexual violence, global economics, religion, politics, education, access to resources including food, clean water and air, and so much more.” “Seven’s Heaven” will address many themes, but the focal point is children with imprisoned mothers,” Parrish said. “This is extremely critical in today’s society since women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population and more tragic, the average women are mothers to at least two children under the age of eight. My goal is to address the challenges of meeting the needs of children with imprisoned mothers.” The institution was held …

Livingstone alumnus is new athletics director at Darlington High

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DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington High School hired Michael Jordan to be its new athletics director, the Darlington County School District announced Tuesday. The Darlington County Board of Education approved the selection during its meeting Monday. Darlington High Principal Cortney Gehrke said she is excited for the experience Jordan brings to the school. “Coach Jordan’s extensive athletic experience is going to be an asset to Darlington High School’s athletic program,” Gehrke said. “He is committed to the success of our student-athletes and looks forward representing the Darlington community. We are happy to welcome him to our Falcon Family.” Jordan served most recently as the district director of athletics for the Jasper County School District. He has more than 30 years of experience working in public school education and athletics, including as a head coach for football, track and wrestling. He has served as a physical education teacher and a health teacher in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He also played collegiate football for Livingstone College in North Carolina. Jordan holds a master’s degree in school administration from Gardner-Webb University and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Livingstone College.

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He Walked!

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Last week the Livingstone College W-S alumni Chapter distributed exam (goody) bags to students from W-S. We met Kendell Horton, a recent recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Chapter. We learned that he had a $1, 081 balance to clear before he could walk and receive his diploma last Saturday. The Chapter members present (Carolyn Anderson, Mertice Williams, Natalie Harding, Jackie Astrop and me, along with President Jimmy Jenkins) provided the funds for him. He is the first in his family to graduate and his family was present to witness it. #OurBrothersKeeper #HBCULove Nigel

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Pete Teague joins Institutional Advancement team at Livingstone College

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SALISBURY – President Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. has announced the appointment of Pete Teague as special assistant to the president for community development. As a 34-year resident and local leader of Rowan County, Teague is very familiar and well invested in the community, and intends to leverage his existing relationships to better tell the Livingstone College story. “I want to help the community and the region become more aware of Livingstone and its ministry,” he said. Teague began in mid-April and will be working in Institutional Advancement, helping with community involvement, government relations and increasing financial support for the College. A CPA, he retired in December 2017 as partner with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP after serving in public accounting for 40 years. For the past nine years, he worked out of the Winston-Salem office. He said he wanted his next position to be local and to “matter” on a different level. “I’m vested here, so I wanted to do something impactful to make a difference in the community and in people’s lives. I was determined it was going to be some kind of ministry and I believe I found what I was looking for.” His philosophy of life is, “It’s not about me. God comes first and then other people. If I didn’t believe God wanted me to be here, I wouldn’t be here. That was non-negotiable.” He has heard numerous times a popular quote by Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr.: “We want to take students from …