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CIAA inducts Stoutamire in HOF

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SALISBURY – Johnny Stoutamire Jr. of Livingstone College was inducted into the 2021 CIAA John B. McLendon Hall of Fame Class on Friday, Feb. 26, during a virtual CIAA program. The CIAA recognizes inductees for their excellence in the conference, significant contributions in the community, leadership within CIAA athletics and commitment to the conference mission. Stoutamire played four seasons at Livingstone College from 1974-1978, earning All-CIAA honors as a junior and senior. In his final two seasons, he was also named All-American by the “Pittsburgh Courier,” becoming the first and only player in Blue Bear history to be honored twice by the publication. Stoutamire came to Livingstone in the fall of 1974 and quickly built a repetition as one of the hardest hitting and cover defensive backs in the CIAA. He competed in the same sports as he did in high school: football, basketball and track. Throughout his four years at Livingstone, Stoutamire received many awards in football including Rookie Defensive Player Award (1974-1975); Defensive Back of the Year (1975-1976); All CIAA Team; All District 26 NAIA; Pittsburgh Courier All American Team (1976-1977 and 1977-1978); captain of the football team; All CIAA Defensive Back of the Week for September 10, 1977; Schlitz Brewing Company Defensive Player of the Game, November 19, 1977; All CIAA Football Team; All CIAA Academic Team; Mutual Black Network All American Team; and Jet Magazine All American Team. A 1977 Livingstone College Football Media Guide reads, “Stoutamire might have been the most talented player to ever …

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Bakari Sellers speaker at Founder’s Day

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College will celebrate Founder’s Day on Friday, Feb. 26, with a virtual program premiering at 10 a.m. on its official YouTube Channel. The annual program celebrates the life and legacy of one of its founders and first president, Dr. Joseph Charles Price, and is held in February, the month in which Price was born. The speaker for the occasion will be attorney Bakari Sellers, son of a civil rights activist, a history maker and a rising star in the Democratic Party. Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina State Legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014, he won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in South Carolina, and has also worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. Sellers was born into an activist family. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Dr. Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to public service while championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity. Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling book My Vanishing Country: A Memoir, which has been described as part memoir, part historical …

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Livingstone Feeds is Jan. 12, open to public

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College will distribute food boxes and Food Lion gift cards on Tuesday, Jan. 12, on its campus to address food insecurity in the Salisbury area. Livingstone Feeds is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or while supplies last, and will be contact free. Drivers simply come on campus through the main gate, make a left on Price Drive, pop open their trunks, and alumni and staff volunteers will load food boxes, which include meat, dairy and produce. Additionally, each car will be offered a hot, boxed meal to go by Simon Temple AME Zion Church’s food truck of Fayetteville, and a $25 Food Lion gift card. Anyone is eligible to receive the donations. Livingstone Feeds is made possible by a partnership that N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced in November between Livingstone College and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, in which Livingstone is administering $5 million in grants to help the state address food insecurity. The state selected Livingstone College to administer The Hurt & Hunger Initiative through the AME Zion Church to support congregations and nonprofits who are providing meals and food distribution to vulnerable communities, with a special emphasis on children, the elderly and the homeless. Dr. Anthony Davis, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Livingstone College, who is managing the program, said more than 600 projects have been funded through the initiative. Food Lion took part in the effort by matching a …

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CIAA cancels basketball, volleyball

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Virtual experience planned for popular tourney week  SALISBURY –– Due to growing concerns related to COVID-19, the Board of Directors for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has voted to cancel the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons, which was set to begin January 9, to include the 2021 CIAA Basketball Tournament. In addition, the board also voted to cancel the women’s volleyball season, which had been moved to the spring from the fall. “Since the beginning of this pandemic, Livingstone College Athletics has always kept the safety and well-being of its student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters as the main priority when decisions are made about practice and competition. We have no intentions of being cavalier in our approach to this situation,” said Livingstone College Athletic Direct Lamonte J. Massie-Sampson. “I met with all three of my head coaches and we discussed the next phase of this scenario,” he said. “Getting our student-athletes home safely and ready to return to campus in February is the priority now.  We will see what the science, data and common sense says when they return to determine what our next steps will be.” “Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to challenge the conference’s ability to see a clear path to move forward collectively. The impact to health and wellness, community concerns, as well as the economic ramifications are real,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. “I want to commend our Board of Directors for exemplifying courageous leadership in college sports to ensure the well-being of the CIAA as …

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LC partners with NCDHHS

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SALISBURY – Livingstone College has partnered with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to provide food resources through churches and nonprofits to vulnerable populations impacted by the pandemic. North Carolina communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic will have access to $5 million in grants to help address food insecurity needs, Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday. “As we head into winter, it is more important than ever to ensure that people have access to food and this partnership will bring North Carolinians together to support those in need,” Governor Cooper said. “This pandemic, although unprecedented, creates a unique opportunity to form unlikely partnerships to address food insecurity in the state of North Carolina,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College President. Livingstone College will contract with the A.M.E. Zion Church to administer The Hurt & Hunger Initiative, supporting congregations and nonprofits who are providing meals and food distribution to vulnerable communities, with a special emphasis on children, the elderly and the homeless. Based on the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey, 48 percent of NC households reported only somewhat or no confidence they can afford food for the next four weeks. Often, existing statewide infrastructure does not reach the most vulnerable populations. “Our goal is to reach invisible people who have been paralyzed by this pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony J. Davis, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Institutional Advancement for Livingstone College. “This is a great opportunity for a …

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TV actor is Fall Convocation speaker

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  Imagine playing an atheist and getting a friend request from God on Facebook; or running for mayor to promote your mixed tape and unwittingly winning the race. These are the starring roles that have propelled Brandon Micheal Hall to center stage of a burgeoning acting career. The actor, who hails from Anderson, South Carolina, will be the guest speaker at Livingstone College’s annual Fall Convocation on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. Hall, who was raised by a single mother, a minister, unabashedly shares his strong spiritual foundation and how that structure contributes to the actor and man he is today. His latest TV series, “God Friended Me,” ended after two seasons on CBS this past April. In it, Hall played Miles Finer, an outspoken atheist with a podcast who receives a friend request from God. He and a journalist friend ultimately accept God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently begin helping people in need. His first TV series was “The Mayor,” in which he played Courtney Rose, an aspiring rapper who ran for mayor only to promote publicity for his music but ends up winning. Hall attended Pendleton High School in Anderson before transferring to the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, in which he received the 2019 President’s Alumni Award. He later attended and graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City, New York. The convocation serves as a rites of passage for freshmen students who are ceremonially inducted into the class during the program. …