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Livingstone relocating students after broken pipe damages dorm

SALISBURY – This is Makaela Marsh’s last semester at Livingstone College. She’s managed to not have a roommate her entire college experience – until now.

As unusual sub-freezing temperatures spread throughout the region, it put strains on heating systems and pipes. Livingstone College’s Honors Residence Hall was not exempt as it experienced frozen and broken water pipes on Wednesday during this artic-like weather phenomenon in one wing of the facility.
The damage has displaced about 115 students who live in Honors Residence Hall. Marsh was one of those students. She is now sharing a room with a classmate at College Park Apartments.
“We’re grateful that she has a place to stay,” said her mother, Marcella Marsh.
Mikaela Marsh agrees with her mother that this is a teaching moment. Life will be this way. Things can be going smoothly then suddenly something can happen and interrupt your comforts – like moving from one dorm to another, like sharing your space.
“It’s nobody’s fault,” said student Tristen Coleman who also had to move. “It shows everybody coming together to make peace.”
Elizabeth Lee, who manages College Park Apartments, is also using this as a teaching tool. “This is what we do as a people, we look out for each other, we make room,” she said to students who waited to hear their room assignments.
Dr. Orlando Lewis, vice president of Student Affairs, said the broken pipes only affected one wing of Honors Hall. The other wing is habitable and those students will not be affected.
Some students are challenged by the inconvenience, however. Lewis said the repairs and subsequent return of students to Honors Hall will be made as soon as possible.
Livingstone will credit the accounts of those students who paid an extra $600 to have their own room at College Park, who will now have a roommate.
“We are trying to do everything possible to accommodate our students,” Lewis said. “We are responding to something that was caused by Mother Nature and we would appreciate the patience from students and parents as we navigate our response.”

Mayor Heggins charges Livingstone College graduates to continue showing up

Mayor Heggins honorary degree

SALISBURY – There is a popular religious phrase and song that goes, “show up and show out.”                                                                                               Newly-elected Mayor Al Heggins charged students to “show up” during her remarks at Livingstone College’s winter commencement held Dec. 15 at Varick Auditorium.
“I decided to show up. I decided to show up for military duty. I decided to show up even in junior and high school when I was on student council. I decided to show up when I went to college. And I want to thank you and everyone in this audience for showing up because you showed up to vote,” she said to applause.
Heggins won the most votes in the race for Salisbury City Council in November, becoming the first African-American female elected to council. On Dec. 5, she was elected by the new City Council as mayor, making history again.
Speaking at Livingstone College was among her first speaking engagements since the historic win.
“Showing up is very important,” she told the graduates. “Today, you have shown how you have showed up. Because you showed up for your classes, you showed up for orientation … and now you are showing up today for your graduation. So today begins your new season.”
Heggins shared with the Livingstone College audience a deeply personal story of her ancestry, in which she said she had not shared before in such a setting.
Her grandfather, James White, was born in 1882 into a white family in China Grove. His mother was white and his father was black. When White was born, his mother’s father sent her away to Pennsylvania and told her not to return until she was sure her child looked white, she said.
The mother lived in Pennsylvania for three years. Upon return, Heggins’ grandfather was integrated into his white family and grew up thinking he was white, she said.
When he became an adult, his grandparents told him the truth and that the woman he thought was his aunt was actually his mother, and that his father was African-American.
“He had to go through a divestiture of how he had been raised and taught,” she said. Here’s a man who had grown up with every imaginable privilege: He was male and white and his family had money. Now, he had to incorporate into his existence something that society said was less than: “That he, too, was African-American.”
Heggins said it took her grandfather a few years to accept that fact, and that is how he met her grandmother, who by the way, is a part of the family that Dr. Charles Price married into. Price is the founder of Livingstone College.
Her grandparents would build a life together in a way that was bold an unapologetic. “He had to show up. They had to show up – and show up courageously,” she said.
Heggins said she shared the story with the graduates because “every opportunity for learning the story of your ancestry is critical. It gives you a peak into where you come from and who you are. It provides dimension for deep self-reflection.”
She asked the graduates: “How can you use your degree to pursue a life defined by purpose and service to others?”
There are many challenges that await their innovative approaches to transformation – approaches they have learned at Livingstone College. How will they transform immigration, tax reform, global warming, food deserts, opioid abuse, homelessness and diminishing public education opportunities?
Citing heroes from the Bible such as Amos, Sarah, Isaiah, Hannah, Micah and Paul, to name a few, Heggins said, “just like you, there came a season to venture from their village and carry their work beyond familiar borders. Today, the time has come for you to carry your learning beyond the walls of Livingstone College. There is no doubt in my mind you are able and ready to take on this task.”
In the words of her mother, “Don’t be an educated fool,” she said, meaning don’t be so proud or entrenched in your titles that you forget where you came from.”
Heggins was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Livingstone College – the Doctor of Humane Letters – by Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president, and Dr. Carolyn Duncan, vice president for Academic Affairs.
“Let it be known that Livingstone did it first,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins charged the graduates to run the race of life with patience and to be deliberate and committed. The education you received at Livingstone College is a God-given opportunity. “God gave you the opportunity to come to this place to be able to go out and make a difference in this world.”
Fifty students walked across the stage to receive their degrees in the December graduation program, which started at Livingstone in 2014.

From homeless to college graduation

Precious Sidbury

SALISBURY – While other high school students were stressing over what to wear to school the next day, Precious Sidbury of Charlotte was confronted with a more pressing issue. Where would she sleep at night? Would it be at a neighbor’s house? At a friend’s? Or in a car?
Unlike her peers, she was homeless in high school. Her mother suffered a stroke and was out of work for a year, losing their home.
In order to offer some consistency in their living arrangements, Sidbury’s mother separated the family. Sidbury’s two brothers and only sister went to live with her mother’s family while Sidbury, the youngest of her siblings, stayed with her best friend from high school.
Her mom continued to live in her car.
On Dec. 15, Sidbury graduated from Livingstone College with a bachelor’s degree in English. How did she get from homelessness to college graduation? Through Livingstone College’s Bridge Program.
The Bridge Program is the brainchild of Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president. It is a six-week summer program designed to assist students in making a successful transition from high school to college.
It is a student’s second chance at getting a college education and specifically targets students who have college potential, but who do not meet admissions requirements regarding GPA, core courses, or ACT and SAT scores.
“I knew I always wanted to go to college, but did not know financially how to pay for it,” Sidbury said. So she decided to join the military.
As fate would have it, one day Livingstone College recruiters visited her school, South Mecklenburg High in Charlotte. She applied and one week before the Bridge Program was to start, she changed her mind about the military and came to Livingstone.
“I came to college with one red suitcase and that’s it. I had no school supplies, no shoes, no clothes and no food,” she said.
She would be given a room at the Livingstone College Hotel, which is where the School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management is housed, as that was her intended major at the time.
The room came fully furnished.
The next year, she became a resident assistant (RA) at the hotel and remained there the rest of her college years.
Sidbury said her math teacher at the time, Kenyatta Ridley, became her lunch buddy and mentor. She taught her how to drive and looked out for her on campus.
One day after getting her license, which was May of this year, Sidbury said she purchased her first car – the first of her siblings to do so – and is working three jobs, really four. She works at Harris Teeter during the week, at BoJangles’ on the weekends, works as a tutor at the college’s Student Success Center and is an RA.
She was the first in her family to graduate from college and did so with a 3.7 GPA. While cooking is a hobby, her passion is writing and speaking. Her plans are to teach locally and pursue her master’s in communications.
“I was just making it through high school. I knew I would be somebody, but didn’t know the steps to take,” Sidbury said. “My advice is to not let your situation validate what you can do and accomplish. I’ve learned you can always hit the switch to make life better.”
“Stories like that of Precious’ is why the Bridge Program was created,” said Jenkins. “Education is the surest vehicle for upward mobility. If you take this time seriously, you will have a much better life. I’m so proud of this program and want you all to live up to your potential.”
If the past four years are any indication, Sidbury is well on her way.

Livingstone College staffer elected to regional association on institutional research

Laverne Macon-Jamison

Laverne Macon-Jamison, assistant director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research at Livingstone College, was recently installed as a member at-large of the Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR).
She was elected by her peers from colleges and universities of the 13 southern states that comprise SAIR, and was installed to serve a two-year term during its annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
SAIR is dedicated to the advancement of research that leads to improved understanding, planning and operation of institutions of post-secondary education. It provides a forum for the dissemination of information and interchange of ideas on problems of common interest in institutional research, and promotes the continued professional development of individuals in the field.
Additionally, many members of SAIR serve on the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ (SACSCOC) visiting teams and are readers of SACSCOC reports.
Macon-Jamison said she has observed many changes in institutional research over the years, having been involved on the national level with AIR (the Association for Institutional Research), the regional level with SAIR, and the state level with NCAIR (the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research).
“Technology has changed at an extremely rapid pace, making many of the institutional research tasks easier, less time-consuming and efficient in the ability to gather data and organize and present the findings,” she said.
Macon-Jamison’s previous affiliations with Institutional Research include serving as a proposal reader for AIR’s annual conference; member of the 2014 Nominating Committee for SAIR and chair of the Local Arrangement Committee for its 2016 annual conference in Charlotte; and member of the NCAIR executive board for six years, a two-term elected NCAIR treasurer, and a NCAIR program chair/president elect, president (2014-2015) and chair of the 2015 Nominating Committee.
At Livingstone, Macon-Jamison serves as the focal point for institutional research-related issues to include mandated reporting to the federal and state government, and data analyses to support decision making at various levels within the institution.
Her career spans more than 33 years in higher education with 13 years in institutional research. She has previously worked as an adjunct instructor of business, director of records/registrar, co-director of a census information center and research specialist.
She has also served in key roles on several institutional leadership teams for SACSCOC and for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Having received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Barber-Scotia College, Macon-Jamison earned a master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University. She has pursued further studies in management at Walden University.
“This is truly an honor for Laverne Macon-Jamison as well as for Livingstone College. Her election to this board is a testament to her passion and involvement in her field,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president. “She will offer a diverse perspective and exchange of ideas that will benefit her work at Livingstone as well as other similar institutions.”

Livingstone College kicks off UNCF Campaign with blues and jazz event

SALISBURY – Livingstone College will host a Friday Night Blues and Jazz United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Campaign Kick-Off with a campaign goal of $125,000.
The event will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, 530 S. Jake Alexander Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
As one of the 37 member colleges and universities of UNCF, Livingstone College receives a range of support that enables it to keep its academic programs strong and its tuitions affordable. The United Negro College Fund provides its member colleges and universities with unrestricted funds for operations, scholarships and internships in an effort to provide educational opportunities to deserving students who have the desire to attend college, but not the resources.
“UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates, and to ensure that our network of member institutions is a respected model of best practice in moving students to and through college,” said Deborah Johnson, Livingstone College’s UNCF director.
The member colleges/universities of the UNCF are assigned solicitation areas and the Livingstone College areas are Davidson County, Randolph County, Salisbury/Rowan County and Statesville.
Entertainment will include the Livingstone College Jazz Ensemble, Rebecca Stinson and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. “Come join us for a wonderful evening and the opportunity to support higher education,” Johnson said. “Remember,
‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”’
The event is free to the public, but contributions to benefit the United Negro College Fund will be accepted.
For more information, contact Deborah Johnson, UNCF director, at (704) 216-6118 or email

Coke unveils special bottle at Livingstone for 125th anniversary of black college football

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Allie Butler, marketing asset manager for Coca-Cola.

SALISBURY – Have a Coke and a Blue Bear smile.
Coca-Cola Consolidated unveiled its new limited edition commemorative bottle at Livingstone College in celebration of the 125th anniversary of black college football in America.
Allie Butler, marketing asset manager for Coca-Cola Consolidated, revealed the Coke classic bottle during Livingstone’s Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame banquet, held Nov. 3 at its School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts on Jake Alexander Boulevard.
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the first black collegiate football game, which was played between Livingstone College and Biddle Memorial Institute (now Johnson C. Smith University) on Dec. 27, 1892, on the front lawn of Livingstone College.
Each year, the two schools battle in the Commemorative Classic to honor that inaugural game. Also annually, each school inducts a new member/alum into the Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame. This year, the inductees were Romus Morris Jefferies of Livingstone College and Bruce Duke of JCSU.
Butler, an alumna of JCSU, said she was proud that Coca-Cola created a commemorative bottle for this historic occasion.
Dr. State Alexander, executive assistant to the president and vice president of communications and public relations at Livingstone, said it has been a long time coming and thanked Butler for her role in making it happen for this 125th anniversary.
The bottle features The CIAA’s Football Championship logo with “125 Years of Black College Football” at the bottom. CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams was also in attendance and on hand for the unveiling.
The football championship game will be played Nov. 11 in Selma, Va., which is where the limited edition Coca-Cola bottle will available.
But as a special surprise at the Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame Banquet at Livingstone, each guest received a bottle upon exit.
“The unveiling of the Coca-Cola commemorative bottle added a special touch to our program and gave our guests a unique souvenir in which to remember the 125th anniversary,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president. “The first game was played here and now the first Coca-Cola commemorative bottle recognizing that game was unveiled here. We thank Coca-Cola for this grand gesture. It’s just one more reason to celebrate ‘Excellence … the Livingstone Way.’”
About Coke Consolidated                                                                                                                                               Coke Consolidated is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, it makes, sells and distributes beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 16 states to more than 50 million consumers.

Two to be inducted into Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame

Romus Jefferies

Romus Jefferies

Bruce Duke

Bruce Duke

SALISBURY – Two college football standouts from Livingstone and Johnson C. Smith University will be inducted into the Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame Nov. 3.
Livingstone College will induct Romus Morris Jefferies, a native of Salisbury, and Johnson C. Smith University of Charlotte will induct Bruce Duke.
The two will be inducted during a ceremony Friday evening hosted by Livingstone, the day before the historic Commemorative Classic football game on Saturday, which celebrates the 125th anniversary of black college football in America. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Livingstone Alumni Football Stadium.
The Commemorative Classic is held each year between Livingstone and JCSU to commemorate the inaugural game played on Dec. 27, 1892, between the two colleges on the front lawn of Livingstone College. It is the last game of the regular football season.
Jefferies graduated from Dunbar High School in East Spencer. With his natural athletic abilities, he became an outstanding football and basketball player, once scoring 45 points in a basketball game.
After graduating from Dunbar, he continued his education on a full four-year football scholarship, offered by the late J.D. Marshall, to attend Livingstone College. He earned a starting position as split end his freshman year and became a four-year letterman.
As freshman, Jefferies scored 15 touchdowns from the hands of All American Quarterback Alfred “The Great” Tyler. Jefferies set several records at Livingstone once running four touchdowns in a single game.
He continued to excel being named Coca-Cola Golden Helmet and Most Valuable Player, and was selected to the CIAA team three times out of his four years at Livingstone.
After graduation in 1971, he continued his football career with the Buffalo Bills. He was inducted into the Livingstone College Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Rowan County Hall of Fame in 2003.
After his football career, he returned to North Carolina and became a business owner and operator of Hardees Food System. He currently serves as the North Carolina president of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World, where he has been involved fraternally since 1978.
He is married to Delphia and they have one daughter.
Duke was an All-CIAA selection in 1971 as a running back and kick return specialist.  During his career, he rushed for over 2,000 yards and had more than 1,000 kick return yards.
Playing under legendary head coach Eddie McGirt, Duke helped the Golden Bulls to 30 wins over his playing career, including a 4-1 record over the Blue Bears.
After graduating from JCSU in 1975 with a degree in business administration, Duke went on to work at Wachovia Corp and retired in 2010 from All-State Insurance Company after 25 years with the company.
Since his retirement, he has kept busy by coaching youth in the Charlotte Flights Track & Field Club and is currently an assistant football coach at Independence High School.
The two recent inductees as well as the former honorees will also be recognized during halftime of the Commemorative Classic on Saturday.
Other special guests at the game will include Marques Fitch, executive director of the Black College Football Hall of Fame; Willie Jeffries, a Black College Football Hall of Famer; and Jacqie McWilliams, CIAA commissioner.
For more information, visit and click on the commemorative classic link.

Livingstone readies for 125th anniversary of black college football celebration

SALISBURY – Now that homecoming is over at Livingstone College, the school is readying for another special celebration this weekend.

The Commemorative Classic football game will be played at 1 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Livingstone and will mark the 125th anniversary of black college football in America.

One hundred and 25 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 intercollegiate football game.
In 2009, the two schools decided to start an annual Commemorative Classic football game to honor the inaugural matchup. The classic is the last football game of the regular season with location now alternating between the two campuses.
“How fitting that on this 125th anniversary, the game will be played where it all started – on the campus of Livingstone College,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone College president.
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 to date; 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 Trent scoring Livingstone’s only touchdown on a fumble recovery. Biddle argued that the fumble was recovered out of bounds as the snow had covered the field’s markings.
The official ruled in Biddle’s favor, allowing them to keep the 5-0 lead and giving them the victory.
“We’re always optimistic about the game,” said Coach Andre Springs, Livingstone’s athletic director. “But this is more than a game. The Commemorative Classic pays homage to those original teams that started a tradition of black college football in this country that has made a positive difference and blazed a mighty trail for student athletes.”
Livingstone College will kick off its celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 1, with a student pep rally, followed by an alumni reception on Nov. 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Hilliard Room of the Hood Building on campus.
On Friday, Nov. 3, the annual Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame banquet will be held at the Livingstone College School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, located at 530 South Jake Alexander Blvd, when each school will induct a former player into the Commemorative Classic Hall of Fame.
Special guests at the banquet will include Marques Fitch, executive director of the Black College Football Hall of Fame, and CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams.
The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, followed by a Battle of the Bands between Livingstone and JCSU.
Gov. Roy Cooper, the City of Salisbury and the County of Rowan have all approved proclamations declaring this 125th anniversary as one warranted for great pomp and circumstance.
“We encourage alumni, fans and friends of Livingstone to return to campus this weekend to help us celebrate this historic milestone in our college’s history,” Jenkins said. “This is great for our county, city and state as national attention has already been generated on this game. We invite everyone to Livingstone’s campus – the birthplace of black college football – in celebrating this significant 125th anniversary on Nov. 4.”

Educational expert Anthony Johnson is grand marshal of Livingstone’s homecoming parade

SALISBURY – An award-winning educator who matriculated under the maples and oaks of Livingstone College will lead its 2017 homecoming parade.

Anthony Johnson, who teaches fourth- and fifth-grade science and social studies at Isenberg Elementary School in Salisbury, will serve as grand marshal of the homecoming parade.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, from Main to Monroe streets. The lineup begins at 7:30 a.m. at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church at 306 N. Church St. (at the corner of Church and Liberty streets) and ends on the campus of the college.

Johnson, who recently spoke at a weekly assembly on campus, is the epitome of Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy Jenkins’ mantra: “Taking students from where they are to where they need to be.”

The 2003 Livingstone College graduate doesn’t hesitate in affirming that “Livingstone College saved his life.”

He went from failing fourth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades to becoming Isenberg Elementary School 2016 Teacher of the Year, Rowan-Salisbury Schools 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, and the 2017 North Carolina Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year.

Johnson, who hails from New Orleans, said after he failed ninth grade, a school counselor contacted his father and recommended he learn a vocational skill, so he dropped out of high school at age 16.

“That’s like a death sentence to a young black male,” he said.

He eventually received his GED, but life still was not without its challenges as he could only find minimum wage jobs. He filed bankruptcy, his lights were disconnected and his car was repossessed.

His life was riddled with misfortune due to the lack of education, he said, until he met a lady. Dr. Desiree Johnson, who became his wife, was the complete opposite of who he was, he said. She was in medical school and encouraged him to go to college.

He took her advice, but ended up getting suspended due to poor academic performance. The next report card, it was the same thing again. Eventually, it was suggested – as in high school – that he drop out of college. That was in the spring of 1997.

In June 1998, his mother died. Six months later, his father died, he said.

This is when he decided to make a true change in his life.

His wife was recruited to work in Rowan County. When his family relocated here, he decided to enroll at Livingstone College to major in music and fulfill his dream of becoming a band director.

At age 28, he found himself with a wife and a daughter, back in college and having to march in the band because of his major.

In order to earn community service hours, Livingstone sent him to Isenberg Elementary, where he saw black boys sitting in the back of the class asleep. When he alerted the teacher, the reply was, “Let them sleep, don’t’ wake them up,” he said.

That was a defining moment in his life. He decided to change his major from music to elementary education – and he knew why.

“When you know your ‘why,’ your ‘what’ has more impact,” he said.

He didn’t want those children to follow the same path he had taken. He wanted to teach differently. The same place he received his inspiration is the same place he now works. He teaches fourth- and fifth-grade science and social studies at Isenberg Elementary School. His classroom is called Johnsonville: The Collaborative Learning Community. He doesn’t use worksheets and there are no typical desks. He focuses on three areas: collaboration, critical thinking and citizenship.

Johnson’s goal is to teach with enthusiasm and give his students a different experience from his own in grade school. Teaching is his passion. His desire to help young people succeed has afforded him the opportunity to travel the world as an educator.

He created the Mini Funk Factory, a drumline, to engage young black males. It has grown into a diverse group and is the first drumline at a middle school in the state. His class also has a YouTube channel and launched a weather balloon into space with an Ipad attached. His students build 3D models, fly drones, publish books, make movies and operate small businesses.

He is recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator, due in large part to his implementation of technology into the classroom that has positively influenced students. He is also a TED Innovative Educator and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

“Ask yourselves what is your ‘why’ everyday?” he said.

Jenkins learned of all the outstanding work Johnson was doing at Isenberg Elementary as he had a grandchild who was attending there. It was serendipity when he found out he was a Livingstone College alumni.

“Mr. Johnson is doing extraordinary work in the field of education and we are proud that he is a product of Livingstone College,” Jenkins said. “Livingstone provided the right environment for Mr. Johnson to excel.”

It’s not too late to sign up for the parade. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 23. To register online, visit For more parade information, call Anitra Neely, homecoming parade committee chair, at (704) 216-6804.

Awards will be given for best performance, best drill/dance/step team, most creative and best overall.Anthony Johnson TED 2

Livingstone College gearing up for homecoming

Kiki Sheard headlines gospel concert

SALISBURY – Livingstone College will burst at its seams next week as students and alumni converge on the campus for its annual homecoming.
The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, when the Livingstone College Blue Bears take on the Fayetteville State University Broncos.

Though everyone rallies around the football game, homecoming is much more than what takes place on the field.

“The Division of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Alumni Affairs have organized a myriad of activities to help make your time in Salisbury special,” said Dr. Jimmy Jenkins Sr., Livingstone College president. “While you are here, feel free to talk to some of our students to share the impact Livingstone has had on your life, and to encourage them to study hard so they can persist to graduation and command their rightful place in the global society.”

On Tuesday, Livingstone will host national gospel recording artist Kierra “Kiki” Sheard during a gospel concert at 7 p.m. at Varick Auditorium. She is the daughter of gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard, who is a member of the gospel singing group, The Clark Sisters, and the granddaughter of gospel choral director, Mattie Moss Clark.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Sheard is also a fashion designer and radio host. After appearing on her mother’s albums, Sheard broke onto the music scene with the release of her debut album, “I Owe You,” in 2004. Her hit single, “You Don’t Know,” was written about her mother’s bout with an almost fatal blood clot.

Sheard portrayed Litha in the 2010 Christian-drama film, “Preacher’s Kid.”

On Wednesday at 11 a.m., Student Affairs will pause from the fun to participate in a civic engagement as Livingstone students caravan to the polls to vote in the municipal election. Later that evening at 7 p.m., it’s Showtime at Varick, followed by a bonfire and pep rally.

Thursday will feature a fashion show and Hip Hop and R&B artist Tink in concert. Trinity Home, better known by her stage name Tink, is an American rapper and singer. Since 2012, she has released seven mixtapes and is due to release her debut studio album this year.

The album is set to be released on the Mosley Music Group label, an imprint of Epic Records run by producer Timbaland. Her 2014 mixtape, “Winter’s Diary 2: Forever Yours,” was featured as a top 10 R&B album in both Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines.

Alumni weekend activities begin on Thursday with a cocktail party from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Poets and Dreamers Garden. RSVP to attend by calling (704) 216-6008 or (704) 216-6009.

Alumni convocation begins at 11 a.m. on Friday at Varick Auditorium, sponsored by the Livingstone College National Alumni Association (LCNAA). This will be followed by a tree planting from the Class of 1967 and a memorial balloon release.

The United Negro College Fund “Soul Food” Luncheon begins at noon Friday at the Aggrey Cafeteria on campus. Cost is $30 per person.

The LCNAA State of the College and Awards Ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Tubman Theater on campus.

The evening caps off with the homecoming step show at 8 p.m. Friday at Varick Auditorium. Cost is $15.

On Saturday, the homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m., (note time change) and will run from Main to Monroe streets. The parade lineup begins at 7:30 a.m. at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St. (at the corner of Church and Liberty streets) and ends on the campus of the college.

Awards will be given for best performance, best drill/dance/step team, most creative and best overall.

Deadline to sign up for the parade is Oct. 23. You can register online at

After the game, the LCNAA will host the Diamond and Pearls annual dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Tickets are $50 and attire is semi-formal.

The Office of Alumni Affairs will host an alumni All Black Party at Firewater Restaurant from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Tickets are $25. Attire is classy and chic (no athletic wear).

Livingstone College will end its homecoming activities on a high note with its Sunday Gospel Jazz Brunch, which will be held at the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. (Livingstone hotel). The drop-in is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is $30 per person for great food, fellowship and music.

Jenkins is encouraging alumni and friends to put this brunch on their calendar and make it their last stop before heading out of town. The brunch is an ideal way to showcase the culinary arts program as culinary students will prepare and serve the meal.

For more information about homecoming, call Anthony Brown, director of student activities, at
(704) 216-6272; or Vincia Miller, director of alumni affairs, at (704) 216-6009.