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National leaders converging at Livingstone to discuss criminal justice reform

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Livingstone will host some of the leading voices of criminal justice reform on Wednesday during a town hall meeting in partnership with the national group, Reform Alliance. The meeting, titled “Criminal Justice Reform: A Critical Conversation,” will begin at 3 p.m. at Varick Auditorium and is open to the public. The panelists will include Robert Rooks, CEO of Reform Alliance; Daryl Atkinson, co-director and co-founder of Forward Justice; Stephen Bishop, associate director for probation and system transformation with the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Bishop W. Darin Moore, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, AME Zion Church; and Livingstone SGA President Justin Wade. Karen Boykin-Towns, vice chair of the NAACP National Board of Directors, will bring greetings. Reform Alliance is launching its partnerships with HBCUs at Livingstone College. The nonprofit organization was founded by recording artist Meek Mill alongside Michael Rubin, a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers; Grammy award-winner Jay Z; and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, among other world-class philanthropists. The organization’s start began with what it calls the unjust re-imprisonment of Meek and the shocking two-to-four year sentence he received for popping a wheelie that spurred the international #FreeMeek movement. Meek served five months before being released. Though he had the resources and public platform to fight his case, he decided to use his power to help the millions more who are trapped by the system. Reform’s mission is to transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems and culture to create real pathways to work and wellbeing. In …

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Panelists bios for Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall

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Criminal Justice Reform: A Critical Conversation Town Hall Meeting | 3:00 p.m., March 23, 2022 Panelists Robert Rooks Robert Rooks is one of the nation’s premier criminal justice reformers with more than two decades of experience as a grassroots organizer, strategist and movement leader. He is an expert in building and scaling social justice organizations and has been instrumental in winning groundbreaking criminal justice reforms across the country. Under his leadership, REFORM is promoting smart reforms that reduce unnecessary supervision and create pathways to work and wellbeing. REFORM has won major legislative reforms to transform probation and parole systems in states as diverse as California, Georgia and Mississippi and lifted up the experiences of people on supervision to educate the public and build support for broader change. Prior to REFORM, he co-founded and served as the CEO of Alliance for Safety and Justice (ASJ), the largest state-by-state public safety reform organization in the nation; and served as Criminal Justice Director for the NAACP, where he launched the “Misplaced Priorities – Educate Not Incarcerate” campaign, partnering conservatives and liberals to reduce state prison populations. In 2019, he was recognized for his pioneering work with a Champion of Justice Award by the Bipartisan Justice Center. Louis Reed Louis L. Reed is the Sr. Director of Membership and Partnerships for the REFORM Alliance. He brings to the REFORM Alliance years of experience in government, criminal justice expertise, policy advocacy, public health, and personal impact, serving nearly 14 years in federal prison and several …

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Meek Mill’s Reform coming to the Stone

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National NAACP, criminal justice reform leaders to participate The nation’s prisons are filled with people who violated probation or parole by visiting a loved one, attending a family barbecue or for picking up their children from daycare. For recording artist Meek Mill, it was popping a wheelie that caused a judge to sentence him to up to four years in prison, sparking the popular #FreeMeek movement and docuseries on Amazon Prime by the same name. Mill, who served five months before being released, has decided to use his power to take action for the millions more who are incarcerated for technical probation violations. He, along with Michael Rubin, a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Grammy award-winner Jay Z and Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, among other world-class philanthropists, founded Reform Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform probation and parole by changing laws and systems. The group will hold a Criminal Justice Reform Day on the campus of Livingstone College on March 23, signaling the launch of its partnerships with historically black colleges and universities across the country. The all-day event will include breakfast with key stakeholders; lunch on the lawn with students, featuring recording artist 2KBaby; and a town hall meeting open to the public. During lunch on the lawn, members of Reform Alliance and 2KBaby will interact with students and bring their attention to Reform’s efforts. Rooks; Louis Reed, senior director of membership and partnerships; Britton Smith, senior organizing strategist; and 2KBaby will …

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President, daughter, headlines next ‘Fridays at the Stone’

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  Livingstone College will host its fourth installment of ‘Fridays at the Stone’ on March 25 and it will be a family affair. The featured speaker will be Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., as he reflects on his 16-year tenure at Livingstone. The business spotlight speaker is Dr. Lisa Davis of Smiles by Design, the president’s daughter. Networking begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, 530 Jake Alexander Blvd., South. The program will start promptly at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at the Stone is a series of networking and relationship building events, hosted by Livingstone College. Each program typically features three elements: A Livingstone College program spotlight; a minority local business/nonprofit spotlight; and an alumni spotlight. There will not be an alumni spotlight in March. Jenkins announced his retirement in February, effective July 1. He is the second longest-tenured president in the history of the college. Most recently, he was inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame and the CIAA announced it was creating a scholarship in his honor. Davis has 20-plus years of dental experience, specializing in cosmetics, oral surgery and pediatric dentistry. A graduate of Rutgers Dental School, she completed her residency at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. She has also had specialty training at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “Fridays at the Stone” is an intentional effort by Livingstone College to network and engage more with the community and business leaders, …

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Livingstone talks HBCU relevancy

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Livingstone College president, student share why HBCUs are critical for student success and equity Click link to view program: https://www.wbtv.com/2022/02/25/livingstone-college-president-student-share-why-hbcus-are-critical-student-success-equity/  

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President inducted into CIAA Hall of Fame

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Athletic association also creates scholarship in his name  SALISBURY – Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., was inducted into the CIAA 2022 Class of the John B. McLendon Jr. Hall of Fame on Feb. 25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The induction was among several recognitions for the outgoing Livingstone College president, who announced his retirement two weeks prior to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament, held in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 22-26. CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams also announced on Friday during the semi-finals that the CIAA was creating a scholarship in Jenkins’ name. Jenkins is the longest-tenured president among the CIAA-member institutions and currently serves on the CIAA’s Board of Directors. “I couldn’t believe it,” Jenkins recalled when McWilliams informed him he was being inducted into the Hall of Fame for his 28 years with the CIAA. 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. “When I first joined, I was the youngest member on the board. And now as I depart, I’m the oldest member on the board,” Jenkins quipped during a talk-show style interview at the induction ceremony. “And just to have my colleagues who are younger than I to see something in me to the point where they voted me into the Hall of Fame is something that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.” Jenkins is credited with saving the historically black college …

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‘Fridays at the Stone’ returns this Friday

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Livingstone College will host is third installment of ‘Fridays at the Stone’ on Feb. 18 at its School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, 530 Jake Alexander Blvd., South. Networking begins at 7:15 a.m., followed by an hour-long program that starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. Each program features three elements: A Livingstone College program spotlight; a minority local business/nonprofit spotlight; and an alumni spotlight. The February program will spotlight the college’s Department of Sport Management, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, featuring Dr. Charles Crowley, associate professor and department chair. Under Crowley’s leadership, a delegation of Livingstone students has participated in the past three Super Bowls for experiential learning. The business spotlight is Harry McLaughlin of McLaughlin’s Grocery, located directly across the street from Livingstone’s main campus. He is also a new member of the Salisbury City Council. The alumni spotlight will feature Dr. Bryant and Kay Wright Norman, both 1964 graduates of Livingstone College. Dr. Bryant Norman is a retired dentist and his wife, Kay Norman, is a former educator and music teacher, who served many years on the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Board of Education. “Fridays at the Stone” is an intentional effort by Livingstone College to network and engage more with the community and business leaders, to facilitate relationship building and community partnerships, and to provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about Livingstone College and its programs. The series is spearheaded by Pete Teague, Livingstone College special assistant to the president for community development; the Office of …

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Seven LC students working the Super Bowl

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Seven Livingstone College students are getting the experience of a lifetime this weekend at Super Bowl LVI in sunny Los Angeles, Calif. The students were selected to be a part of the Super Bowl Experience, which is a program designed for students to teach the business side of sports and to offer insight on what it’s like to run a major sporting event. This is the third year that Livingstone has participated in the program, which requires an extensive application process, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Crowley, associate professor and department chair of sport management, hospitality management and culinary arts. Students have to complete application packets and background checks, and conduct online customer service training. They each received official Super Bowl credentials along paraphernalia. Students attending are Alexandria Boyd, a senior, majoring in culinary arts and hospitality management; Cesar Cordova, Darius Mosley and Tryrone Decamp, all senior sport management majors; and Zacharius Lewis and Ashleigh Clark. “I’m looking forward to going to the Super Bowl, making connection and meeting people,” Cordova said, whose career aspiration is to become a high school athletic director. Mosley said he hopes the experience will bolster his resume as he pursues becoming a physical therapist; while Decamp said he is looking forward to sharing the experience with his family and friends. Except for Cordova, it will be the students’ first trip to California. And another exception for Cordova is that of the students interviewed, he is the only one going for the underdogs – …

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President Jenkins announces retirement

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Dr. Jenkins is second longest tenured leader in college’s history  SALISBURY – Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., announced to the Board of Trustees on Feb. 9 that he will retire from his role on July 1, 2022, after 16 years of service. Jenkins was appointed to lead the historically black college in February 2006. He is the second longest tenured president in the history of the school. Prior to Livingstone, Jenkins served as president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla, where a gymnasium there bears his name. Before that, he made history by becoming the first alumnus of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to serve as chancellor, after earning both his master’s and doctorate degrees in biology from Perdue University. A science building at ECSU is named in his honor. The Livingstone Board of Trustees reluctantly accepted Jenkins letter and recognized his constructive feats as president. New board chairman Bishop Kenneth Monroe said that Jenkins will remain in his role as president until a successor is appointed, and trustees and the college prepare for a series of events commemorating his tenure. “Having labored 38 years as a college and university president has been exhilarating and exhausting,” Jenkins said. “I am grateful for the great support from the Livingstone College Board of Trustees, our alumni, the people and leaders of the City of Salisbury and Rowan County, donors and friends of the college. There is a strong sense of melancholy in the realization that a long career …

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History maker Cheri Beasley is Founder’s Day speaker Thursday

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Livingstone College will host its annual Founder’s Day on Thursday at 10 a.m. on the college’s official YouTube channel. This is the second year the program has been virtual due to the global pandemic. The keynote speaker will be Judge Cheri Beasley, former chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court. Beasley made history in 2019 by becoming the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and only the fourth black woman nationwide. She was appointed to that position by Gov. Roy Cooper. Prior to serving on the North Carolina Supreme Court, she was a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2008-2012 and a judge for the North Carolina 12th Judicial District from 1999-2008. When Beasley was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2008, she became the first black woman to be elected to any statewide office in North Carolina without being first appointed by a governor. Beasley received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics from Rutgers University in 1988, and earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1991, after spending a summer at the University of Oxford in England. She has devoted her life to public service and to the people of North Carolina. From a young age, she was taught that no door should be closed to her, and that with hard work and faith, she could accomplish anything. Beasley’s mom was a trailblazer, earning a …