Here's some description about African American History at NC State.
An early African American woman employee of the university was Ellen McGuire, who began working at NC State in 1889. McGuire worked at State for 50 years, retiring in 1939. According to a 1939 Technician article, McGuire was born into slavery on a North Carolina plantation. Although McGuire maintained many responsibilities during the time she was employed by the college, she spent her last 31 years working in the infirmary.
The Second Morrill Act becomes law, requiring states to provide technical education for African Americans. No federal money would be disbursed to any college that made distinctions between students on the basis of race. States could comply, however, by providing separate colleges for blacks and whites.
In order to comply with the Second Morrill Act and yet prevent admission of African Americans to the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the North Carolina state government creates the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro.
The North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station (located at A&M College) hired Neil Alexander Bailey as its first African American agricultural extension agent.
The first club for African-American youth was created in Sampson County under the leadership of G.W. Herring.
John Wray became the first statewide African American youth club agent.
The first Home Demonstration programs were organized for African American women.
The first State 4-H Short Course for African American youth was held at North Carolina A & T College in Greensboro.
The Consolidated University of North Carolina decides that African American students are eligible for admission into graduate programs.
In 1953, NC State College hosted a dairy farm conference on campus. Chancellor Bostian declared that African American dairy farmers attending the conference could only eat in the west wing of the dining hall. Bostian's announcement was in keeping with the College's policy, which declared African Americans attending on campus meetings would have meals in the dining hall but only when a separate room was available. Leazar Hall served as the campus-dining hall until 1971.
State College admits two African American graduate students into the School of Engineering: Robert Clemons and Hardy Liston. Clemons became the college's first black graduate; Liston later withdrew and didn't complete his degree.
In Frazier v. the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, the court determines that undergraduate colleges and universities should be open to African Americans.
Camp J.W. Mitchell opened for African American 4-H youth at Hammock's Beach in Onslow County. Funding for the camp had been raised by the 4-H Club Foundation of North Carolina, founded in 1950.
The first four African American undergraduates enrolled at North Carolina State College: Ed Carson, Manuel Crockett, Irwin Holmes, and Walter Holmes.
Walter Holmes joined the marching band and the concert band during his first semester at State College in 1956. Holmes's presence in the band complicated segregation laws in stadiums and dining halls throughout the south. In 1957, Holmes dined with the band in the Clemson College dining hall. South Carolina residents circulated a petition asking Governor Timmerman "to see that such racial mixing doesn't occur again, especially when N.C. State visits ... More
Robert Clemons received a professional degree in Electrical Engineering (PREE), becoming the first African American to graduate from NC State.
African-American student Irwin Holmes joins the tennis team, making it the first integrated athletic team at State College.
The first African American woman academic staff member, Mrs. Justina Williams, is hired to work in the Department of Genetics' Drosophila research lab. Many African Americans had worked at State prior to Williams's appointment, however they primarily worked in custodial or food service positions.
Irwin Holmes became co-captain of the tennis team, making him the first African American athletics team captain at NC State.
Student Government passes a resolution calling for racial integration of public facilities in Raleigh. This is followed by a similar resolution from the Faculty Senate. Student Government forms the Human Relations Committee to write letters to area merchants.
Irwin Holmes earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, making him the first African American undergraduate to receive a degree at NC State. Further documentation of Irwin Holmes's life exists at DigitalNC.
Hazel Virginia Clark receives a master's degree in Occupational Information and Guidance, becoming the first African American woman to receive a master's degree from NC State.
Edward Walker is hired as a mail clerk, becoming the first full-time African American staff member of the library.
Vivian Henderson becomes the first African American faculty member, taking a position as a visiting professor in the Department of Economics. Henderson was a friend of Martin Luther King, Jr., and he later became president of the historically black Clark College in Atlanta.
Baxley's on Hillsborough Street becomes the first restaurant near NC State to serve African-Americans.
A group of NC State students join with students from Shaw University to protest racial segregation policies in effect at the State Theater on Salisbury Street.
Dorothy Williams becomes the first African American instructor with faculty ranking, teaching in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Extension programs, including 4-H and Home Economics, began to integrate.
In 1966, the University was pressuring area landlords to rent to African American students. In response, some landlords wrote angry letters to Chancellor Caldwell.
Norma Wright Garcia becomes the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree, earning a BA in history.
Cooper became the first African American athlete at NC State to receive a grant-in-aid. He began playing on the freshman basketball team in the fall of 1967.
Stephen Benton Latimer receives a PhD in Animal Science, becoming the first African American to earn a doctoral degree from NC State.
Marcus Martin becomes the first African American player to join the football team.
Alfred "Al" Heartley and William Cooper became the first African American members of the freshman basketball team. Heartley later went on to play on the varsity team.
Heartley was one of the first African Americans on the basketball team. In 1969 he became the first African-American to be awarded a basketball scholarship at NC State. He later became the first African-American captain of the team (1970-1971), and the first African-American to win the Alumni Athletics trophy (1971).
On the weekend of King's death approximately 200 white students and faculty (from UNC and Duke as well as NCSU) gathered in the Brickyard intending to march on the State Capitol Building in an attempt to speak with Governor Dan Moore. The ultimate goal of the march was to present a petition to the governor that "show[ed] the Negro community that concern exists among whites by presenting written grievances to the governor." However, the march did not ... More
Leftwich was recruited to the basketball team. He was the first African American freshman to receive a basketball scholarship.
In fall 1969, NC State began offering Black Studies courses; these courses included black American literature, the Afro-American in America, black Americans in American politics, and black ideology. Previously, many students were going to Shaw University and St. Augustine's College to take these classes.
Eric Moore became the first African American Student Senate President.
Clyde Chesney becomes the first African American to receive a football scholarship.
A group of students hold a rally to support better wages and working conditions for non-academic Physical Plant workers on campus. The protest is organized by the Society of Afro-American Culture and an offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society calling themselves "The Group."
Four African American women were fired from custodial positions in all-male dormitories. Sixteen employees then held a sit-in at the Chancellor's office, protesting the action and asking for improvements in pay and working conditions. They were arrested for refusing to leave. That evening African American students and employees marched to the Chancellors Resident protesting these actions. The following day janitorial/housekeeping services in residence halls were canceled.
Mary Evelyn Porterfield elected first African American Miss NCSU. In an interview with the Technician following her selection as homecoming queen, Porterfield stated, "If I had been the first black homecoming queen ever at a university of this size, I think it would have weighed much more heavily on my emotions, but to me, by this time, it seems as ordinary as would have been any selection. I think State is three years behind in the trend . . . I realize that ... More
The Health, Education and Welfare Department (HEW) informed the University of North Carolina schools that its institutions, including NC State, failed to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Willie Burden and Charley Young become the first African Americans to receive football scholarships as incoming freshmen.
Students form NC State's first African American Cultural Center, which was given space in the YMCA building.
William V. Frazier is hired as the first African American in a professional librarian position.
Augustus M. Witherspoon becomes the second African American to earn a Ph.D. (in Botany) from NC State, and the first African American to receive a doctoral degree and go on to join the faculty.
Seven students found a local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, making it NC State's first African American fraternity.
The Division of Student Affairs hires an African American counselor, makes financial aid available to African American students, and encourages African American cultural programs.
The first Pan-Afrikan Festival began and continued until April 2 that year. The festival featured lectures by C. T. Vivian and other speakers, as well as musical performances. This has been an annual event since then.
Arthur Clement graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture.
William Maxwell becomes an assistant dean in the School of Education, making him NC State's first African American academic administrator.
NC State publishes "In a Black Perspective." This pamphlet tallies the university's black community at nine professors and 222 students (out of a total 13,809), and lists courses focusing on black history and culture: two in Political Science and one on race relations in Sociology.
Nannette Smith Henderson becomes the first African American woman to be awarded a Ph.D. at NC State, with a degree in Plant Pathology.
David Thompson was named NC State's first African American All-American winner in basketball. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.
NC State hired Dr. Lawrence M. Clark (1934-2012) as Associate Provost. Dr. Clark was the second African American to serve as a university administrator. In addition to serving as a professor of mathematics education, Dr. Clark coordinated all activities related to the universitys Affirmative Action Plan. Dr. Clark was instrumental in the founding of NC States African American Cultural Center, the Peer Mentor program, and the African American Symposium.
The university's affirmative action plan is informally accepted by HEW.
In 1974, African American students called for a new cultural center. Student Body President Terry Carroll presented a four point request to Chancellor Caldwell, which included a request for the first floor of the Print Shop to be turned over to the Society of Afro-American Culture for an African American Cultural Center. Banks C. Talley, dean of student affairs, complied with this request.
A Women's Basketball team is established for the first time. The team included two African American women, Gwen Jenkins and Cynthia Steele.
Nanette Smith Henderson became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from NC State University. She received her degree in Plant Pathology.
A chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is established, becoming the first African American sorority chapter on campus.
Civil rights leader C. T. Vivian conducted a race awareness seminar on the NC State campus. For the next twenty years Vivian returned to NC State periodically to conduct his seminar.
Philip Freelon graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture degree. Signature buildings his firm has designed include the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National ... More
The AACC moves to the renovated Print Shop (later known as the West Dunn Building).
This organization's mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."
A group of students formed the New Horizons Choir to sing gospel music. Eleania B. Ward was the group's original director. For a number of years New Horizons sang services for the Black Student Fellowship.
This sorority is an international service organization established by African-American college-educated women.
Ted Brown becomes the first African American named an All-American in football. In 2012 he was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Chancellor Joab Thomas held the first Brotherhood Dinner, honoring Samual Nesbritt. The dinner was institutionalized as an annual event under Chancellor Bruce Poulton in 1982.
This organization in the local chapter of the first fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.
This fraternity's fundamental purpose is achievement.
This program of pairing freshman with upper class mentors has aided the academic, emotional, and social adjustment of (originally) African American students and (later) all culturally diverse first year students. An earlier program (1980-1982) paired African American freshmen with faculty and staff members.
This fraternity was founded on the principles of brotherhood, scholarship, and service,
Student Senate charged the Minority Affairs Committee to represent the concerns of African-Americans, Native Americans, women, the disabled, and the gay and lesbian community on campus.
Student Government organized a march to protest NC States financial involvement in South Africa. The anti-apartheid march began outside the African American Cultural Center (West Dunn) and ended at the Memorial Tower. Approximately 75 students participated in the march.
Howell was the first African-American to serve as Student Body President. He was a political science major. After graduation, he eventually became the university's primary liaison with state and local governments. In 2016 he became the senior vice president for external affairs of the UNC System.
In fall 1988, NC State implemented an African-American Studies minor, the first of its kind at the university. The interdisciplinary minor required students to take courses in both history and English literature.
Black student leaders gathered at the Student Center to discuss campus issues. The low graduation rate for black students, the lack of African American faculty members and athletic administrators, and the discriminatory discipline practices within the athletics department were problems cited by black leaders during this meeting.
1988 marked the first year the University recognized Martin Luther King Day. University administrators initially announced the substitution of Easter Monday for MLK day, however students reacted negatively to this suggestion. Student Body president Kevin Howell introduced an open forum to hear student concerns about the spring calendar changes. Upon hearing support for both holidays, Howell pushed the administration to observe both Easter and MLK day. University ... More
Greeks United sponsored the March Against Racism-Challenging History (M.A.R.C.H.) to support change in the University's policies towards African American Students. During the protest, students marched to the Chancellor's office in Holladay Hall to present a petition that demanded immediate action. NC State's first African American student body president, Kevin Howell (1987-1988), participated in the M.A.R.C.H.
This position was also called Facilitator of African-American Affairs. It was first held by Dr. Augustus Witherspoon.
The Board of Trustees adopts a racial harassment policy.
Christine Grant (Chemical Engineering) becomes the first African American woman faculty member appointed in the College of Engineering.
Nixon was the second African American to become student body president at NC State.
Enrollment of African American students passed 2000, Latinx students passed 200, and international students passed 1000.
June became the first African American to serve as editor of the student newspaper.
The Collection Management Department is established, with Margaret Hunt as its first head. Hunt had been one of the first African-American librarians hired during the 1970s.
Student Body President Brian Nixon was attacked near his dorm room in North Hall. Prior to this attack, public safety provided Nixon with security. Nixon received racial death threats and intimidating calls and letters throughout his presidency. As student body president, Nixon implemented programs that encouraged students to practice ethical behavior and allowed students to meet with campus leaders in informal settings. Nixon accomplished many successful programs ... More
This sorority was founded on the precepts of scholarship, service, finer womanhood and sisterly love.
African American Cultural Center opened in the new Student Center Annex (later renamed Witherspoon Student Center). In 1992, following months of student and faculty protests, NCSU administrators granted the African American Cultural Center an operating budget.
Kedrick Lowery was elected Leader of the Pack (which had replaced the homecoming queen competition). Lowery was the first African American male to be honored with the title. Lowery was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.
The Sista 2 Sistuh Network is established to support African-American women at NC State.
James Anderson becomes the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, making him the first African-American dean.
The Nubian Message began publication in response to student protests alleging racial bias by the Technician. Tony Williamson served as the paper’s first editor-in-chief. The paper was first released in Talley Student Center. In the inaugural issue, Williamson stated his intention to "totally, truthfully, and faithfully cover every aspect of African American life at NCSU" and his hope that the Nubian Message would become "the media voice for African ... More
Johnson was the third African American to become student body president at NC State.
Several student groups organized an anti-hate rally in Harris Field in response to recent rapes on campus, sexual harassment in classrooms, racist remarks from professors, and anti-gay messages in the Free Expression Tunnel.
African American students were elected to six top leadership positions. They were Bobby Johnson, Student Body President; Tasha Youngblood, Student Body Treasurer; Kanton Reynolds, Student Body Chief Justice; Tracy Avery, Student Center/UAB President; Christine Verleger, Senior Class President; and Tiffany Price, Senior Class Vice-President;
The building formerly known as the Student Center Annex was dedicated on this date to honor Dr. Augustus McIver Witherspoon. It thus became the first building on campus named after an African American. Dr. Witherspoon earned his Ph.D. in Botany from NCSU in 1971, making him the second African American student to receive a Ph.D. from NC State. He joined the faculty as Instructor of Botany and eventually held the following posts at NCSU: Full Professor, Assistant ... More
The CHASS Multi-Cultural Association for Students was established.
Chavonda Jacobs-Young was awarded a Ph.D. She had previously earned a Bachelors of Science degree (1989) and Masters of Science degree (1992). She was the first African American woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in paper science. She later became associate administrator for national programs for the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.
A crowd of approximately 500 students and faculty members rallied in Witherspoon in support of affirmative action. Students opposed UNC system President Molly Broads proposal to eliminate race based programs within the UNC system.
University administration creates the position of Vice Provost for Diversity and African American Affairs (heading the Office of Diversity and African American Affairs). One stated goal of this position is to improve the experience of black students and other minorities.
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The African American Student Advisory Council begins issuing report cards grading the university on enrollment, retention, and graduation of African American students. The report card gave NCSU an F for recruiting black students.
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Yolanda King, Martin Luther King, Jr.s daughter, addressed students in Stewart Theatre as part of the NCSU MLK Commemoration. King urged a crowd of more than 500 to shake off apathy and tackle social problems such as poverty, hunger and intolerance.
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African American students participated in a sit-in at a Student Senate meeting to express concern for the lack of funding for African American organizations. Out of $40,000 of appropriations, African American organizations received a mere $755. The Student Senate agreed to send the bill back to committee for re-evaluation.
On August 25, 2005 NC States student chapter of the NAACP held its first meeting in four years. Gina Dean, the NAACP youth and college state director, provided students a brief overview of the NAACPs history. An NC State NAACP chapter initiated in 1991, however participation in the organization declined until the chapter became inactive. Michael Boykin (later named chapter president) and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity aided in the rechartering of the NC State NAACP ... More
Sidney Lowe served as the first African American head coach of the NCSU mens basketball team. Lowe was the starting point guard for NC States 1983 basketball team, which won the national championship. From 1991 to 1993, Lowe served as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lowe later served as the head coach of the Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies. In March 2011, Sidney Lowe resigned from his head coach position at NC State. In a statement to the ... More
The unit moved into Winslow Hall when the Alumni Association went to a new building on Centennial Campus.
The university celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first four African-American undergraduate students who had enrolled at NC State. Three of the four were honored at an event in Stewart Theatre.
This organization has promoted the success and awareness of African American women in the categories of education, mentoring and tutoring, socioeconomic development and health and wellness.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama appeared before a crowd at Reynolds Coliseum shortly after defeating rivals in the Democratic presidential primaries.
The Office for Diversity and African American Affairs changed its name to Office for Diversity and Inclusion in order meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds.
Racist and threatening graffiti, directed at (then) President-elect Barack Obama, was found in the Free Expression Tunnel. Because of the threats, the Secret Service was among those called to investigate. The four students responsible were identified and admitted to the act. The students issued an anonymous public apology. In response to the incident, which received international media attention, Chancellor Oblinger established the Campus Culture Task Force ... More
Racial epithets were painted in the tunnel. When these were discovered, students protested against the offensive images by blocking entrance to the tunnel. Chancellor Woodson released a statement which declared ". . . we must create an environment and an overall sense of global awareness on campus that encourages and embraces all forms of diversity."
First organized by students in spring 2011, this has become an annual event to promote awareness and understanding of diverse cultures and foster intercultural understanding.
This walking tour of the campus highlighted locations of significance in the lives and experiences of African American students and the larger community. These tours have been held every semester since then, and they are co-sponsored by the NCSU Libraries and the African American Cultural Center.
Originally held at the Free Expression Tunnel, this has become an annual event to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.
President Barack Obama spoke before an audience in Reynolds Coliseum. During the speech he promoted the American Jobs Act.
The mission of this organization is "to empower those who identify as a part of the natural hair community to be confident with their natural hair." An additional goal is to combat oppressive and stereotypical beliefs about natural hair.
The purpose of BBSA is to serve and recruit minority students into NC State's Poole College of Management.
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President Obama announces the establishment of the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute, based at NC State, with $140 million in federal funding including $70 million from the Department of Energy.
NC State researchers led a reenactment of Dr. Martin Luther King's 1960 "Fill Up the Jails" speech at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, NC. Further works results in the Virtual MLK Project to create an immersive experience placing audiences/visitors into a multimedia representation of the church and listening to the speech from various positions around the sanctuary.
Students protested the Mike Brown verdict (Ferguson, Mo.) at the Free Expression Tunnel, in conjunction with Blackout protests nationwide. On Dec. 1 students held a "Walkout" protest, marching from the Court of North Carolina to the Brickyard.
The African American Cultural Center celebrated its 25th anniversary Witherspoon Student Center. The year-long celebration, centering on the theme of “Examining Wellness in African American Spaces: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," included the annual commemorations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the annual Harambee celebration, the Red, White and Black walking tour, exhibits, talks and presentations, and Wellness Walks and Talks. The Witherspoon-Clark ... More
Three hundred students held a Blackout protesting African American lives lost in police shootings in Charlotte, NC, and Tulsa, OK. The protest began in Wolf Plaza and moved into Talley Student Center, where students performed a die-in. On Oct. 1, seventy students protested at Carter-Finley Stadium during a football game.
Racist remarks made by NC State students on the messaging app GroupMe became public. Chancellor Woodson issued a statement condemning the messages. On Sept. 29 Student Government hosted a Racial Climate Town Hall in Stewart Theatre.
Thorpe retired after 25 years at NC State. Beginning in 2002 she was program coordinator for the African American Cultural Center (AACC). She played crucial roles in a number of events and activities as the Center: Harambee, Blacks in Wax Live Museum, Heritage Days, AYA Ambassadors, the Nubian Message, the Red, White and Black Walk, What’s on the Table discussions, and the Martin Luther King, Jr., Campus Commemoration.
The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the 2018 Kwanzaa stamp at NC State's African American Cultural Center (AACC). The Center was chosen to host this event because of its commitment to educating people about the histories, cultures and experiences of African-American and pan-African people. The celebration included music, dancing and special guests.
Flowers became the first African American woman elected Student Body President at NC State. She was also elected Chair of the Council of Student Body Presidents for the University of North Carolina System.