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LC honors Juneteenth as paid holiday

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Livingstone College has officially incorporated Juneteenth into its academic calendar as a paid holiday.  The historic black college in Salisbury will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. Livingstone staff members gathered last year on the front lawn of the college for a celebratory luncheon after President Joe Biden signed the historic legislation that made Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the day that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, two years after it was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. “Livingstone College was founded 14 years after Juneteenth to educate the descendants of freed slaves,” said President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “As a historically black college, it is imperative that we commemorate this federal recognition and make the connection between the end of slavery and educational opportunities for African Americans through the establishment of historically black colleges and universities. “We encourage our staff to use this time as a day of service to others and to their respective communities, and to participate in local celebrations,” he said. One such example is Anthony Jones, director of bands and assistant professor of music at Livingstone College. He will be conducting an all-star HBCU band called the 369th Experience at the Kennedy Center this Juneteenth weekend. Livingstone student Corian Mincey will also be participating. Jenkins, who will be retiring this year, said it was an honor to be able to authorize this new holiday for Livingstone College while …

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Jenkins retirement gala June 25, featuring The Whispers

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Retiring Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. and First Lady Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins will be honored June 25 with a retirement gala featuring the iconic R&B music group, The Whispers. An “Evening of Celebration” will be held at the West End Plaza, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd., in Salisbury (former Salisbury Mall). Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. with the program starting promptly at 7. Formal attire is expected. Jenkins announced his plans to retire to the Livingstone College Board of Trustees in early February, effective July 1, after 16 years as president of Livingstone and after 38 years in higher education. He was appointed to lead the historically black college in February 2006 and is the second longest tenured president in the college’s history. To honor the legacy of the Jenkins, the college has established the Dr. Jimmy R. and Dr. Faleese Moore Jenkins Endowed Bridge Program, of which all proceeds from the gala will benefit. The Summer Bridge Program is the Jenkins’ signature legacy. It is an intensive six-week summer program targeting students who have college potential, but who do not meet admissions requirements regarding GPA, core courses, or ACT and SAT scores. All students who complete the program are enrolled in the fall as provisional students. “Bridge is not a remedial program but an academic reinforcement program, designed to meet students where they are so they can not only catch up and keep up, but also soar,” said Dr. Anthony Davis, senior vice president, …

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Malik Yoba calls LC graduation best experience

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Pledges to partner with college on Yoba Development real estate degree program  SALISBURY, NC – In the words of actor Malik Yoba, Livingstone College’s graduation was the best he has ever experience, and the most memorable for retiring President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. “Livingstone College, I’ve never seen a graduation like this anywhere and I’ve spoken at hundreds of them … This is the ‘littest’ graduation I’ve ever been to in my life. I ain’t lying,” the Hollywood veteran said, referring to his emotional and spiritual responses throughout the program. Malik received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the historic black college in Salisbury after an emotional, tear-jerking program. Graduating senior and SGA President Justin Wade, who was also co-valedictorian, set the stage with a soul-stirring, praise-worthy sermonette. In preacher-style, Wade, on behalf of the graduates, thanked “the haters,” who will cause you to look at yourself in the mirror and affirm, “I am that smart, I am that fine, I am that gifted … thank you for every screenshot, thank you for every lie, thank you for every rumor.” Wade also thanked his help, those brothers and sisters who wouldn’t allow him to stay stuck in a negative place; his home, naming his mother, father, relatives and ascended ancestors; and his heavenly father. Click link to hear his entire speech on Livingstone’s official campus radio station YouTube page, WLJZ 107.1: Livingstone College’s Justin Wade graduation speech Moved by Wade and a spiritual song titled “Grateful,” sang by …

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Graduation relocated to Varick due to weather threats

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UPDATED: The 140th Conferral of Degrees will be held at 9 a.m.  on Saturday, May 14, 2022, inside Varick Auditorium instead of the front lawn due to the threat of inclement weather. Graduates will each receive 10 tickets: five premium admission tickets for inside Varick and five general admission tickets for New Trent Gym, where the audience can view the ceremony on a jumbotron Masks are required inside the venue throughout the duration of the program and must be worn properly, covering the nose and mouth.   SALISBURY – The Livingstone College graduating class of 2022 will have a New York detective, astronaut and Jamaican sprinter – all in one speaker. These are among the roles played by actor, writer, director, activist and serial entrepreneur Malik Yoba, who will deliver the commencement address at Livingstone College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside Varick Auditorium. Malik is a Hollywood veteran with more than three decades of commitment to the arts. He has amassed over 50 film credits and more than a dozen lead roles in network/cable TV series. His debut in the Disney classic “Cool Runnings” and his performances as New York police detective J.C. Williams in the groundbreaking police drama, “New York Undercover,” catapulted Malik into the fabric of American culture. Malik, alongside Michael DeLorenzo, made TV history in “New York Undercover” as it was the first police drama on American TV to feature two …

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Actor Malik Yoba to address graduates

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The Livingstone College graduating class of 2022 will have a New York detective, astronaut and Jamaican sprinter – all in one speaker. These are among the roles played by actor, writer, director, activist and serial entrepreneur Malik Yoba, who will deliver the commencement address at Livingstone College at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The ceremonies will be held for the first time on the college’s historic front lawn. Malik is a Hollywood veteran with more than three decades of commitment to the arts. He has amassed over 50 film credits and more than a dozen lead roles in network/cable TV series. His debut in the Disney classic “Cool Runnings” and his performances as New York police detective J.C. Williams in the groundbreaking police drama, “New York Undercover,” catapulted Malik into the fabric of American culture. Malik, alongside Michael DeLorenzo, made TV history in “New York Undercover” as it was the first police drama on American TV to feature two people of color in the starring roles. Malik won three consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for that part. He went on to star in films such as “Copland,” “The Good Nurse,” “Soul Food,” “Ride,” and Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” and “Why Did I Get Married Too.” His TV credits include “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” “Empire,” “Designated Survivor,” “The Last O.G.” and “God Friended Me.” Yet among all of his acting success, Malik considers himself a community …

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Waffle House to hold seminar on campus

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Throughout the month of April, Waffle House Inc. is hosting a series of business leadership and branding seminars with students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. Headlining the seminars’ panel discussions will be Waffle House’s vice president of public relations and area senior operations leaders, Njeri Boss. Livingstone College will host the Waffle House seminar and panel discussion on Saturday, April 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Little Tubman Theater located on campus. Of the college tours, Livingstone is the only stop that will include Waffle House’s CEO Walt Ehmer as special guest. Waffle House Inc., headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, is sponsoring the sessions with North Carolina-based HBCU Matters and Black Business Ink magazines. “Over the years, Waffle House has developed ongoing relationships with several HBCUs in North Carolina. These seminars will provide an opportunity to establish an even deeper connection with the students, while providing them essential knowledge and information they’ll need on entering the workforce,” Boss said. “We are excited to partner with HBCU Matters and Black Business Ink magazines for this opportunity to discuss professional development topics such as business leadership with HBCU students in North Carolina, where Waffle House employs several HBCU graduates in its management ranks.” “We are extremely excited about executives from Waffle House visiting our campus to share professional, sage career advice with our students. This opportunity offers a personal connection with corporate executives to better prepare our students to enter the workplace poised and ready to perform,” said …

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Golf team ranks No 1 in nation among HBCUs

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As Livingstone College’s golf team competes for the CIAA Championship title this week, it is already a winner in one regard. Livingstone’s golf team ranks as the No. 1 HBCU golf team in the nation among NCAA Division II teams. “We’ve never been ranked this high,” said Livingstone Golf Coach Andre Springs. “This is the best team I’ve ever had – pound for pound. All of them are good and they are real close. They compete against each other.” Earlier this month, the Blue Bears won the 2022 CIAA Southern Division Golf Championship. The Blue Bears finished 23 strokes over par as a team during the two-round event to finish 38 strokes ahead of second place Fayetteville State. The tourney was held at Anderson Creek Country Club in Spring Lake. Livingstone’s Jakisa Emmanuel nailed an eagle on the 18th hole to claim the individual medal to finish two over par (146). Emmanuel’s shot broke a tie with second-place finisher Zack Martin of Fayetteville State (+2, 146). Emmanuel and Martin narrowly edged out Xavier Proctor of Livingstone, who finished in third place at three over par (147). Fayetteville State’s Brandon Jones (152, +8) and Livingstone’s Ronald Otile (154, +10) round out the top five finishers at the event. The Blue Bear Golf Team have demonstrated a consistent winning spree in the conference, having won all four CIAA tournaments in which they participated. In addition, they participated in two out-of-conference events – Barton Intercollegiate and The Trojan Invitational – where they displayed phenomenal performances by finishing 5 of …

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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 …

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LC to host ‘Shark Tank’ winner, kidney specialist for STEM programs

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You won’t find many college students who aren’t wearing lash extensions, but are they healthy for you? Dr. Anika Goodwin, an ophthalmologist from Greensboro, created a line that is – after suffering herself from thinning lashes due to glue-on lash extensions. Goodwin appeared on the ABC TV show “Shark Tank” last summer to pitch her company, OpulenceMd Beauty, a black-owned line of magnetic eyelashes focused on the health and safety of the eye – and walked away with a $100,000 deal from billionaire Kendra Scott. Next week, Goodwin will walk onto the stage at Livingstone’s Tubman Little Theater, where she will be the keynote speaker at the college’s Passport to Entrepreneurship, which begins at 11 a.m. on Feb. 9. The event is closed to the general public but will be livestreamed on Livingstone’s official YouTube channel. Passport to Entrepreneurship is one of two student-centered events hosted by Livingstone next week in preparation of the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of its state-of-the-art F. George Shipman Science Annex, which begins at 11 a.m. on Feb. 11. The other event, Passport to the Future, will be Livingstone’s first STEM White Coat Ceremony, featuring Dr. Opeyemi Olabisi as keynote speaker. It begins at 5 p.m. on Feb. 8 and will also be livestreamed. Olabisi is assistant professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at Duke University School of Medicine. He is poised to make major contributions to the understanding of the molecular basis of kidney disease among African-Americans. Livingstone College has a renewed focus …

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LC offers full ride to Liberian teen hero

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Liberian Ambassador to the United States to visit campus Wednesday Livingstone College is offering a full scholarship to a Liberian teenager, who became a national hero in his country after finding and returning $50,000 to its rightful owner. Emmanuel Tuloe, 18, was driving his motorcycle taxi in northeastern Nimba County on a highway when he saw a bunch of money wrapped in a plastic bag on the road. It contained $50,000 USD and $100,000 in Liberian money. News reports say the teenager took it home and gave it to his aunt to keep until he found out to whom it belonged. Later that day, the owner, businesswoman Musu Yancy, went on the radio appealing for the money to be returned, and he took it to her. Tuloe’s gesture has earned much-deserved public commendations including from the President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, with whom he met in person on Oct. 18. The President said he would present the teenager with one of the country’s highest Orders of Distinction in a future ceremony. Upon meeting the President, Tuloe was prepared to discuss one thing: his education. Like many teenagers in the country, Tuloe dropped out of school in the seventh grade to run a motorcycle taxi service to make money for his family. Tuloe told President Weah on Monday that his desire was to finish his education. He also asked him to encourage other young people to leave the taxi business and focus on going back to …