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Aggies ready to bat

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Aggie’s Ready to Battle at War Memorial Stadium

By Jeremy Days

 

The A&T Aggies baseball team returns to play after finishing (16-38, 8-16) last season.

Head coach, Joel Sanchez enters his third season in control of the A&T baseball program. The Aggies will be returning 15 players this season along with 12 new additions to the team. Sanchez has improved the bullpen with a host of newly recruited freshman and junior college transfers. 

“We have a lot of new faces,” said Sanchez. “A lot of our freshman and junior college transfers are going to have key roles and we are excited to see who is going to step up.”

With new players on the team, these sluggers will be in need of leadership from their senior teammates. Senior pitcher Tyler Boone helps the new recruits make the transition into the program. “We help them with their problems on and off the field,” said Boone. “Along with the process of adjusting to the coaching style of our coaching staff.” 

All-American outfielder Luke Tendler played a big role for the Aggies last season, leading the team with a .369 batting average while accumulating 34 RBI’s and 17 stolen bases.

“Being an All-American is a great accomplishment, but I try to keep my personal awards aside and use my seniority on and off the field to steer the guys in the right direction, setting them up for the most success possible here at A&T,” said Tendler.

The off-season has been all about hard work and soul searching for the Aggie baseball team.

“It seems like we have finally realized that we have the talent to win,” said Tendler. “We run and practice hard, now why not do everything we can to accomplish our goals in becoming the best possible team to give us a shot at the MEAC championship.”

The All-American looks to get his teammates training above and beyond his work caliber to add W’s to the win column. “If everyone works harder than the competition at what they do,” Tendler says. “There is no reason day in and day out why we can’t beat our opponent.”

Last season, the Aggies finished with a (9-20) record at home including wins against North Carolina Central, Bethune Cookman, FAMU and Delaware State in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, or MEAC, baseball championship tournament. The Aggies will start of this season in seventh place in the MEAC. Playing great defense will give the blue and gold a good chance to climb the polls. The Winston-Salem native Boone gives his perception of how he will help the team win games from the pitcher’s mound this season, “I just try to throw strikes and let my defense work behind me.”

The Highlanders of Radford University (1-2, 0-0) traveled to War Memorial Stadium after falling to the Old Dominion University Monarchs (1-2, 0-0) 8-7 in 10 innings. A&T’s baseball team is ready to take on the Radford Highlanders.

Marching for Justice

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JOMC Journal Contributor Debora Timms captured these images during the recent Moral March on Raleigh. Thousands turned out Feb. 8 to promote equal opportunity and justice.

Love = Love on February 14

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If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.

Maya Angelou

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

Judy Garland

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles Schulz

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Thousands Turnout for ‘Moral March on Raleigh’

By Debora Timms

JOMC Journal Contributor

Organizers expected between 20,000 and 30,000 marchers, but the North Carolina NAACP estimates between 80,000 to 100,000 turned out for Saturday’s “Moral March on Raleigh.”

Protestors blanketed the streets like “a quilt of many colors, faiths, and creeds.” Their presence was illustrated by the many banners and signs they carried. Although each was there to represent a range of different causes and ideas, protesters came together with a common purpose – to protest North Carolina legislative decisions which the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II categorizes as “mighty low.”

Before the march, pastors led a prayer service at the State Capitol and rabbis led Shabbat services in the Shaw University Chapel. The program for the Shabbat worship explained that a central idea of Jewish identity is the cal for “tikkun olam” – repairing our shattered world. Rabbi Ari Margolis of Temple Beth Or in Raleigh related this to the march saying,

“The fate of all time depends on a single moment. This is our moment.” It was a sentiment echoed throughout the day by speakers including Barber who went even further, exhorting marchers at the end of the day that this is “not just a moment, it’s a movement.”

Among the crowd, groups large and small represented their causes. They tried to raise awareness by passing out flyers and circulating petitions. Ronda Gordon, a school social worker in Forsyth County was part of a large contingent of educators who wore “red for ed.” She was seeking to raise support of teachers “decline to sign” campaign. “It is important to raise awareness now,” she said, to prevent the layoff of school social workers in Guilford County, like those that have already occurred elsewhere in the state.

Marcher Rafael Mendiola, 18, carried a sign supporting teacher pay. A student at Jordan High School in Durham, he came to Raleigh for his teacher, Mrs. Ashworth, to “march on her behalf.”

Speakers fired up the crowds before the march, maybe none more so than 92-year-old Rosanell Eaton. Barber named her, along with Carolyn Q. Coleman and Mary Perry, as honorary marshals of the march. Eaton was one of hundreds arrested during Moral Monday protests in 2013. Her cries of “Fed up! Fired up!” were echoed back by the crowd.

Many of those marching sported pink to support Planned Parenthood and women’s health issues. They chanted as they marched, “When women’s rights are under attack what do we do? Stand up, fight back.”

The morning’s weather started out bleak and cold, but predictions for rain never eventuated. The Rev. Nelson Johnson of Greensboro noted it had turned out to be a “nice day to struggle for our freedom” and by program’s end Barber enthused “even the universe is blessing us” as the sun finally broke through the clouds.

The Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) coalition, so named because that is where the NC legislature is, organized the event. Founded in 2007, the coalition is made up of representatives from 125 branches and chapters statewide of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as well as members and friends from more than 160 other social justice organizations. Leaders and members from many of these groups took to the stage to tell those assembled conviction and fiery passion why they were there to march.

Recent UNC Chapel Hill graduate Ivanna Gonzalez said she was there to speak for workers’ rights. She spoke of the groundspeople she saw at school, undervalued and underpaid,  who were being denied the right to join together and collectively bargain with the state.

Manzor Cheema stood on the stage for Muslims for Social Justice. He said he was glad the movement was “taking the word ‘moral’ away from the right and giving it back to the progressive people.”

Dr. Charles van der Horst of the UNC School of Medicine came with hundreds of fellow health professionals. They marched, he told the crowd, for the half million uninsured North Carolinians being denied coverage because of the states refusal to expand Medicaid. He stated between 1,000 and 3,000 unnecessary deaths may result because those uninsured may delay treatment.

This point was made personal by the director of non-profit WNC Health Advocates, Leslie Boyd. Her son, she shared, died before the introduction of the Affordable Care Act because he lacked access to health care. “I can’t bring back my son back … We need to expand Medicaid because 2,800 human lives are at stake. I will fight. You can’t sit back and allow 2,800 people to die every year and call yourself pro-life. It does not work that way.”

NAACP National Board Secretary, Carolyn Q. Coleman, provided a historical perspective on the fight for civil rights and equality, from the marches in Selma to the death of Medgar Evers. This was touched upon further as Barber came to the stage. He mentioned the recent death of Franklin McCain, one of the “Greensboro Four” and a close friend. He spoke of the movement those four started at the Woolworth’s lunch counter back in 1960 and how their fight for social justice still continues today in North Carolina.

Barber

Barber recited what the HKonJ coalition call the five fundamental demands, including greater economic equality, quality public education and quality healthcare for all.

  These are high standards to reach. But, Barber said, these are the standards laid out for us in the Bible. They are the standards given to us by Jesus. They are the standards the framers of the U.S. Constitution had in mind and the standards set 146 years ago when the State Constitution of North Carolina was adopted to ensure that “All political power … all government … is instituted solely for the good of the whole.”

Barber accused too many in government of choosing to act “mighty low” by refusing to expand Medicaid; “mighty low” by raising taxes on the poor; “mighty low” to cut education spending so much that North Carolina is now 48th in the nation in per student expenditure. He called out those whose bumper stickers and banners say “God Bless America” but then neglect to fulfill their obligation to bless God in the way that they treat their brothers and sisters.

“We are black, white, Latino, Native American,” said Barber. “We are Democrat, Republican, independent. We are people of all faiths, and people not of faith but who believe in a moral universe. We are natives and immigrants, business leaders and workers and unemployed, doctors and the uninsured, gay and straight, students and parents and retirees. We are North Carolina. We are here and we ain’t (sic) going nowhere.”

Barber returned once more to the idea of lifting up – reaching toward those higher standards; seeking to reach a higher ground. He asked the crowd if he could be a preacher for just a little while. Before the streets filled with the sound of Stevie Wonder singing “Higher Ground,” Barber preached. “Lord, Lord plant our minds on higher ground. Plant our hearts on higher ground. Plant our souls on higher ground. Lord, lift us up, lift us up, lift us up and let us stand. Plant our feet on higher ground.”

 

Black History Maker: Maureen Bunyan

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Maureen Bunyan is a veteran television news broadcaster and a primary anchor for ABC 7. Ms. Bunyan anchors the 6 p.m. weeknight newscasts.Named a “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1992, Ms. Bunyan has an extensive record of service to the community. She is a founder and board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation, which serves women in the media in 100 countries. She is a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists. She also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Casey Journalism Center on Children & Families, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital Women’s Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee of Women in Film & Video and is a board member of Women of Washington.

 

 

Today in History: Nelson Mandela Released From Prison 24 Years Ago on Feb. 11

Feb. 11 marks the  24th year of South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years of incarceration. Mandela was a major figure in the African National Congress (ANC) that represented the main opposition against apartheid in South Africa. Nelson Mandela advocated nonviolent resistance to the institutionalized white supremacy and racial segregation, but Mandela’s actions and civil disobedience, as well as other ANC members, would result in his sentence to Robben Island Prison. While incarcerated, Mandela remained as the symbolic leader of the anti-apartheid movement and massive protests of “Free Mandela” erupted. It wasn’t until 1989 when F. W. de Klerk became South African president and sought to uproot the apartheid. De Klerk was able to lift the ban on the ANC, suspend execution and order the release of Mandela in 1990. Both men would jointly be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, and in 1994, Mandela was elected South Africa’s president. Although retired from politics in 1999, Mandela still served as global advocate for peace and social justice until his death on Dec. 5 2013. Nelson Mandela’s legacy and fight for equality for South Africans will forever be honored, and the JOMC Journal honors Nelson Mandela on this day in Black History.

 

 

Honoring Quincy and Clarence

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Greensboro, N.C.’s International Civil Rights Center and Museum honored music legends Quincy Jones and Clarence Avant on Feb. 1, 2014 at the Koury Convention Center. The festive evening drew hundreds of guests who were eager to see and meet Jones and Avant, and to pay homage to the Greensboro Four, including the recently deceased Franklin McCain. McCain, along with Ezell Blair Jr., Joseph McNeil and David Richmond, 54 years ago sat down at the white’s only lunch counter at Woolworth’s on Elm Street in Greensboro, helping to ignite the 

modern civil rights movement and culminating in the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibited racial discrimination in public accommodations and in restaurants nationwide.

 

Remembering the Holocaust

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Emotional and Educational Programs Honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Greensboro College Hosts Two Evenings of Events

By Debora E. Timms

In recognition of  International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, Greensboro College hosted  a special screening of the film “Jakob the Liar.” Jonathan Epstein, director of Holocaust Lectures in the college’s Department of Sociology, spoke about the Lodz Ghetto in Poland where the movie is set. It was the final camp to be liquidated.

When the last census taken in the camp before the liquidation, the population was 70,000, said Epstein. When Soviet troops took control they found only 877 survivors in the Lodz Ghetto.

Epstein, obviously emotional, became choked at this point. “This is hard,” he said before inviting the audience of more than 100 people to watch “Jakob the Liar.”

The film displayed the harsh conditions of ghetto life for Jews. Robin Williams is the central character, Jakob Heym. He overhears news of the war on the radio in the ghetto’s headquarters and shares it with his friend. Soon the camp is abuzz with the rumor that Jakob has a secret radio, forbidden by the Germans. Jakob at first tries to dispel the rumors but, when he sees the hope his news brings, he begins to tell favorable news that spreads through the camp. The film depicts grim aspects about the Jewish Ghettos of World War II in an uplifting and even slightly humorous way.

Following the film, Rabbi Fred Guttman of Temple Emanuel was invited to the stage to chant the Male HaRachamim, and student Nathan Taylor sang the Mourners Kaddish. According to the evening’s program, this prayer is one for the living and not the dead. It anticipates the time when people of all nations recognize their common purpose and God’s peace will be with them forever.

Snow and ice a day later failed to stop the audience from attending  Greensboro College’s Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel for The Schleunes Lecture  “The Aryan Jesus: Christians, Nazis, And The Bible” delivered by Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College.

Heschel noted that coming to Greensboro was like a pilgrimage because of the area’s historic role in the civil rights movement. She expressed her admiration for the courage of the many African-Americans who stood up to racism. She also warned, “Racism is slippery. It slides easily; it disguises and conceals itself.”

Heschel pointed out that even though we may hear that racism is vanishing, or that we live in a post-racial society, neo-Nazism is on the rise in Europe. One of the concealers of racism in society is religion.

Racism began to seep into theology in Germany even before Hitler came into power in 1933. Heschel describes how racist theories of the early 19th century sounded scientific and Protestant and Lutheran theologians began to incorporate them into their teachings. The religious language racism was couched in focused not only on the physical characteristics, but especially on the “moral and spiritual degeneracy” of the Jew.

Heschel had one particular theologian as her focal point – Walter Grundmann. He joined the Nazi party as a theology student in 1930. As a church pastor he preached that the goals of the Nazis were the same as the church and that Hitler’s power derived from God. Grundmann became part of the German Christian Movement, producing pamphlets warning about the mixing of the races and bringing sexuality and racial purity to the forefront. There was a call for the church to be “cleansed” – for Aryans only. The German Christian Movement sought to remake Jesus and the Bible by removing their “Jewishness.”

The Institute for the Study and Elimination of Jewish Influence on German Church Life was founded under Grundmann. He and his associates began to remove positive references to Judaism from the Bible – taking out the Old Testament and John’s gospel, and warping the Biblical Jesus into a more manly warrior who was killed “in a battle against Judaism.” This new Bible, “The Message of God (Die Botschaft Gottes)” was published in 1940.

After the war, Grundmann suffered no consequences, despite being an early Nazi member. He sought letter from theologian friends “de-Nazifying” him and declaring him a good Christian. These were accepted by the state. He was able to work as a professor and a rector in East Germany, even volunteering himself as an informant to the East German secret police, the Stasi.

Heschel ended by asking how all of this resonated with the daughter of a Jewish theologian whose entire family was lost in the Holocaust. She spoke of her father’s passion for civil rights. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 and participated in the Selma Civil Rights March in 1965. She played several minutes from one of her father’s speeches, which provided an answer to her question.

“Not to forget. Never to be indifferent to other people’s suffering.”

Thousands Expected to join Moral March in Raleigh Feb. 8

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Thousands Expected to Protest in  Moral March

By Debora E. Timms

JOMC Journal Contributor

 

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Chapter NAACP, continues to raise awareness and issue a call to action for North Carolinian to oppose legislation and policies he says are not only morally wrong, but also unconstitutional and economically unjust.

Barber recently brought his message to Greensboro’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, asking attendees to join in a Moral March on Raleigh on Feb 8. Organizers expect the march and “People’s Assembly” that follows to be the largest and most diverse mass protest in the South since the Alabama march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

The Rev. Joe Barber of the N.C. NAACP (center) speaks at Bethel A.M.E. Church.

Local activists hope to organize a Greensboro contingent of 1,000 protestors to travel to Raleigh. The march is the first in a series of protests planned for 2014 that will continue the Moral Mondays protests of the past year which resulted in nearly 1,000 arrests and garnered national media attention. Several people who attended Barber’s meeting at Bethel had been arrested at earlier protests. Bethel’s Rev. Alphonso E. McGlen greeted an audience of men and women of diverse ages, ethnicities and faiths.

McGlen noted the group had come together with “intentional purpose” to reflect on past accomplishments while also focusing on the future. A video package of past protests helped to highlight the issues -  quality education for our children; affordable healthcare; economic justice; fair elections; insurance for the unemployed; access to women’s healthcare; environmental justice; equality for all – which are at the heart of the Moral Monday/Forward Together movement. Other goals were clarified when several explained why they planned to attend the march.

Among those who spoke was Rabbi Fred Guttman of Temple Emanuel. He addressed the issue of education and the erosion that has occurred, and continues to occur because of budget cuts and poor teacher pay. He cited statistics which rank North Carolina 46th in the nation for teacher compensation, 48th in per student expenditure, and 50th for teacher salary increases. Guttman also noted that a lack of teacher remuneration was a disincentive to teacher’s pursuing higher degrees and is leading talented teachers to take jobs outside North Carolina.

Barber defined those organizing the Moral March as “an anti-racist, anti-poverty, pro-labor, deeply moral, deeply constitutional, agenda-based fusion coalition” of more than 160 organizations coordinated by the NAACP. He challenged those who question the legitimacy of the movement or assert that it targets only the GOP by reminding listeners that the Moral Monday/Forward Together movement had its beginning in 2006 under a Democratic governor. Barber says the movement cannot be defined in terms of Republican vs. Democrat or liberal vs. conservative because there is “no limiting a discussion of morality.”

Barber sees himself and others as standing up for the constitutional rights of all. He notes the words of the North Carolina State Constitution in Article 1, Section 2 which address the sovereignty of the people:

        All political power is vested in and derived from the people; all government of  right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted  solely for the good of the whole.

The Feb. 8 Moral March on Raleigh will take place at Shaw University in Raleigh, at 8:30 a.m.  For more information, visit www.hkonj.org, or contact Yvonne Hunt-Perry at (336) 254-1501, or Joyce Hobson Johnson at (336) 230-0001.

A Legacy of Courage

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An image of Dr. Franklin Eugene McCain Sr. was shown during the late civil rights activists' Jan. 16, 2014 memorial service. Photo by Bonnie Newman Davis.

Hundreds attended a Jan. 16, 2014 memorial service in NCA&T’s Harrison Auditorium for the late Franklin Eugene McCain, Sr., who made history in 1960 when he and three of his A&T college classmates helped integrate a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. Click the photo for NCA&T student journalist Jordynn Carlisles’s photos of Dr. McCain’s memorial service in Harrison Auditorium, Jan. 16, 2014, along with a slideshow of photos taken and assembled by Bonnie Newman Davis, an endowed professor of journalism and a 1979 graduate of NCA&T.

More images of Dr. McCain’s memorial service.

A lightning rod for change

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Franklin McCain at the Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960

Pioneer Civil Rights Leader Is Mourned

By Kimberly Fields

Editor

The JOMC Journal

 

Franklin Eugene McCain, a pioneer in civil rights, died Thursday night at Moses Cone Hospital after a brief illness, the Greensboro News and Record reports. He was 73.

According to North Carolina A&T State University, McCain was born 1941  in Union County, N.C., but grew up in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation from high school, McCain began his studies at A&T where he met Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair), David Richmond, and Joseph McNeil. In 1960, these four students led sit-ins at the Woolworth lunch counter located in downtown Greensboro, then

Franklin E. McCain

a lunch counter for whites only. The four students, who eventually became known as the Greensboro Four, were steadfast in their refusal to budge from the lunch counter. Eventually they were joined by others, until Woolworth’s management decided to allow blacks to be served.

Although they were not the first student activists to take a stand, with various demonstrations having occurred as early as 1954, the Greensboro Four’s actions sparked the most widespread support throughout the nation. Four years later, The Civil Rights Act of 1964  was signed into law, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

McCain earned a bachelor’s degree  in chemistry and biology in 1964, and later earned a master’s degree, also at A&T.  He served in leadership positions in numerous organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Board of Visitors at Bennett College for Women, Board of Trustees at North Carolina Central University, and A&T’s Board of Trustees.  McCain also served on the UNC Board of Governors and the A&T Alumni Association. He received an honorary doctorate of philosophy in humanities from A&T in 1991 for his role in civil rights.

In a statement, the McCain family said, “To the world, he was a civil rights pioneer who, along with his three classmates, dared to make a difference by starting the sit-in movement at the F.W. Woolworth Store here in Greensboro,” said the McCain family. “To us, he was “Daddy” – a man who deeply loved his family and cherished his friends.”

N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold Martin also issued a statement, saying “The Aggie family mourns the loss of Dr. Franklin McCain. His contributions to this university, the city of Greensboro and the nation as a civil rights leader are without measure. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of Aggies and friends throughout the world.”

McCain was the second of the Greensboro Four to die. David Richmond died in 1990.

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