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  • E-News U. Contributor 3:28 pm on January 28, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Joan McMillan Wickham, Samuel Chapman Armstrong, William R. Harvey   

    Hampton U. alumni leader to give Founder’s Day address 

    By Keeli Howard           

    Founder’s Day at Hampton University is an annual tradition amongst Hampton students and alumni alike.

    On Sunday, Jan. 29 the annual Hampton University Founder’s Day ceremony will take place in Ogden Hall.

    Joan McMillan Wickham, president of the National Hampton Alumni Association, will deliver this year’s keynote address.

    As an educator and administrator for 34 years, Wickham’s achievements include the Daughters of Good Citizen Award, National appointee to the Education Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta, and Outstanding 20-year Alumnus Award.

    “Joan Wickham is a passionate person,” said Yuri Milligan, director of University Relations, “and Hamptonian many times over.  She has a bachelor’s and two masters from Hampton and is now pursuing a Ph.D, and more importantly, she cares about the university and the students.”

    Wickham has traveled around the country to teach academics and music. Her work has expanded her travels outside the country, educating third graders in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

    Students around campus promise to eagerly attend Founder’s Day this year.

    Sophomore Kevin Boston, a political science major from Chesapeake, Va. said, “I am attending Founder’s Day because I believe it is significant to know the bases of your school.”

    Julian Carrington, a Business Management senior from Mclean, Va. said, “It’s important to know where our university comes from in the past and where we are going in the future, as a third-generation Hamptonian and a graduating senior, I’m moving on to bigger things and this ceremony is a great day to pay tribute to where I came from.”

    Founder Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong will be acknowledged during Sunday’s commemorative wreath placing ceremony at his gravesite. 

    Armstrong created a place for African-Americans to receive education and fundamentally to apply education to everyday lives to become well-rounded individuals.

    “Armstrong would be exceedingly pleased of what Hampton University has become today,” Milligan said, “ he laid a great foundation in wanting to train teachers and classmen for the African-American community to go out and help others and teach others, and keep the tradition alive.”

    This year, Founders Day will carry on the traditions that Hampton University continues to expound upon. From Armstrong to President William R. Harvey, this university strives to keep this home by the seas a standard of excellence.

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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  • E-News U. Contributor 5:54 pm on January 26, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: antebellum era, charles city county, grandchildren, , john tyler,   

    Antebellum-era president has 21st century grandkids 

    By Victoria Davis and Alexis Brown with Heather Robinson

    John Tyler, who was the 10th U.S. president in the 1840, has grandchildren alive today reported the Huffington Post Thursday. 

    A Tyler son, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, born in 1853, fathered two children of his own, reported online site Sherwood Forest .  In 1924, Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born; followed by Harrison Ruffin Tyler in 1928. Having fathered 15 children throughout the course of his life [1790-1862], Tyler has grandchildren living well into the 21st century.

    Put into perspective, Tyler was 63 years old when Lyon Gardiner Tyler was born in 1853. 

    The next oldest president with a living grandchild is James Garfield, and he was president 40 years after Tyler.

    Born and raised in Charles City County, Va,. Tyler graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he studied law.  After graduating, he worked for a law firm in Richmond.  

    As a 21 year-old-man, Tyler earned a seat on the Virginia House of Delegates, which led to his position in the U.S. House of Representatives. Tyler’s political platform was based on the ideals and principles of a Southern planter, and his fight for a more equal America led to his resignation when President Andrew Jackson came into office. 

    Tyler served as U.S. president from 1841 to 1845.

    He was the first chief executive to ever marry while in office.

    The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 3:41 pm on January 26, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , reform, town hall   

    Fighting education injustice; a Hampton U. forum 

    By Imari Williams

    To many parents, teachers, and students, education is a top priority and it is natural to be concerned about the educational system.

    Hampton University hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the topic “Fighting Educational Injustice” on Jan. 25 in Hampton University’s Student Center Ballroom. The town hall meeting was sponsored by the Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Policy, and National School Choice Week, Jan. 22-28. National School Choice week presents an opportunity every January, to raise awareness for effective education options for all children. 

    Students were eager to attend the discussion in hopes of hearing the solutions for inequality in education. Jakari Taylor, a junior broadcast journalism major said, “I think it is important because we have a 2012 election coming up and is also important because schools in lower-income communities don’t receive enough funds, which result in cutbacks and protest.”

    Yuri Milligan, director of University Relations, said that school choice is a hot topic in the media and that all political issues right now will play a role in the 2012 election and education will definitely make a difference.

    The discussion focused on finding the best educational environments for children and supporting a variety of school choice options – from encouraging increased access to public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, virtual schools, private schools, and homeschooling.

    Alexa Jones, a freshman fine arts major, said the program was very interesting and raised several valid points about education, which are often overlooked.  

    The event encouraged unity among educators, parents, and students to work together to try to improve the educational system.  

    A panel discussion was moderated by MSNBC political analyst Michelle D. Bernard, CEO of the Bernard Center and member of Hampton’s board of trustees. The panelists were Derrell Bradford, from the Better Education for Kids, Inc.; Shawn McCollough, from the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence; and, Stephen A. Smith, host and Commentator for ESPN.

    The Bernard Center for Women, Politics and Public Policy is a research and educational institution —a think tank—whose mission is to fundamentally change the terms of the nation’s most critical domestic, and foreign policy debates and challenge the American public, policymakers, and the media.

    Milligan believes parents should make the best choice for their children—whether that be public, private, or homeschooling — because each child is unique and has different needs.

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 7:12 am on January 24, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: ' Hampton Roads, 'Red Tails, George Lucas, , Tuskegee Airmen, World War II   

    Tuskegee Airmen heroism recognized in Hampton Roads 

    By Da’Reinn M. Stevens

    HAMPTON, Va. – More than 60 years after a group of courageous black men fought pivotal World War II battles, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen has hit the big screen, Hollywood style.

    On Jan. 20, Cinebistro at the Peninsula Town Center along with the Tidewater chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and NASA, all partnered for the premier of “Red Tails.” Many students, senior citizens, and military personal attended the event to support the members in attendance.

    The ceremony began with the singing of the National Anthem by Retired Master Sgt. Ezra Hill, followed by brief introductions.

    Hampton Roads is home to four of the original airmen – two, including Hill, were present.

    After the opening ceremony, people filed into the theater to view the film before its official release in the afternoon. Everyone was ready to experience what those very men went through based on “Star Wars” director George Lucas’ Hollywood treatment.

    The movie began with a 1925 U.S. Army War College study concluding blacks were “mentally inferior” to other American soldiers in wars. The quote took all viewers back to a time of segregation in the United States.

    The year was 1944, the place was Italy and the enemies were the Nazis.

    Throughout the film, you could hear the Tuskegee Airmen when Col. A.J. Bullard, played by actor Terrance Howard, would stand up to the brass in support of his men.

    “The film was amazing because it displayed how hard Negro airmen had to fight through countless adversities just to be treated equally” said Sean Moore, a Hampton University aviation student.

    Following the movie, Tidewater chapter President T.J. Spann hosted a question- and answer- session with Tuskegee Airmen Grant Williams and MSG Hill. Although neither man was a pilot – they served in support units – they still played important parts in the war.

    “It was very hard for Americans to accept black pilots,” said Williams, “and that didn’t change until the war was over.” Williams also said the movie did a good job of showing the friendship and partnership among the men.

    At the end of the session, the men let the audience know that there were 18 women who served as nurses during the war and are too part of the Tuskegee Airmen.

    While the women weren’t depicted in the film, they still held a special place in the airmen’s hearts.

    The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 4:23 am on January 17, 2012 Permalink |
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    A Hampton U. celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. 

    By Janiece Peterson

    In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Hampton University put together a series of events to pay respect to him and his legacy.

    The morning started off with a march throughout the campus and ended with a ceremony, which was sponsored by the Hampton University National Pan-Hellenic Council and campus Student Activities Office.

    Nearly 200 students, professors, and Hampton locals came out to celebrate King’s Legacy. “This march is a way to commemorate all that Dr. King has done, not only for the African-American Community, but for the entire country,” said Eyden Thomas, Miss Hampton

    During the march, individuals came together and held hands. They held up signs and sung the Negro National Anthem that was led by the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity.

    “While marching, it gave me a feel of what it would have been like if I was there marching right beside Dr. King,” said Sedra Gibbs, a sophomore communicative sciences and disorders major.

    The march ended at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony began shortly after at Ogden Hall. It included musical selections, poetry, and a guest speaker.

    The guest speaker was Brandon Jones, a youth development director for Newport News Public Schools.

    He spoke about four different aspects that individuals should incorporate into their everyday lives in order to honor King’s legacy: where find your passion, value time and experience, dream with action, and be a leader.

    Jones said, “Dr. King believed in something bigger than himself. It is important that we do the same.”

    As the ceremony came to a close, individuals were asked to stand and hold hands as they sung “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Through the events taken place at Hampton University, the 26th anniversary of the Martin Luther King holiday, affects many individuals and their lives.

    “Today is a day to recognize and honor the life of Dr. King and his legacy, as well as, his vision for this whole nation. We must all become the change that we want to see. If we are to go forward, we must first go back,” said Isaiah Stewart, a junior political science major.

    The events held at Hampton reminded many of what King did.

    Said retired veteran Coleman Dessaso Jr, “Today was a wonderful observance for a man that needs to be recognized for his sacrifices and desires for a better world.”

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 4:19 am on January 17, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Jerome A. Barber,   

    Celebrating the legacy of King at Hampton U. 

    By Meagan P. Downing

    Students, faculty, and members of the community gathered Monday on the grounds of Hampton University to commemorate the 26th celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. This annual celebration honors the life and legacy of the activist and leader. And it invokes individuals to further commit and better understand the necessity of serving their communities and fulfilling King’s dream.  

    Participants began the day’s festivities by engaging in a march, which started at the historical landmark Emancipation Oak and culminated with a ceremony at Ogden Hall. 

    The celebratory events were sponsored by the Hampton University Pan-Hellenic Council and the campus Student Activities Office. Students representing various organizations participated in the event. Members from the various student organizations displayed signs during the march.

    Anzell Harrell, assistant director of student activities, said, “During this occasion, we will be recapturing the revolutionary memory and movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I hope that [the students] will understand the meaning of the struggle and fight of African-Americans to get to this point where we are.” 

    The ceremony began with a prayer from Bresean Jenkins, the assistant chaplain, and greetings from Eyden Thomas, Miss Hampton University 2011-2012.   

    Several students participated throughout the ceremony rendering musical selections and addressing the audience with expressions about King.

    Junior Class President Isaiah Stewart challenged the audience to examine their character throughout the year to “produce the change they want to see.”

    The keynote speaker was Brandon Jones, the Youth Development Director for Newport News Public Schools. He discussed the importance of being a leader and following Dr. King’s example of “believing in something bigger than you.”  

    Bridgette Friend, a member of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple, described the ceremony as excellent: “It brought back a lot of memories.” Friend hopes the college students were inspired by the messages they heard.

    Before leaving Odgen Hall, Rev. Dr. Jerome A. Barber told the audience to tell their neighbor “dreams still come true.” After sharing that message, the audience joined hands to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

    “I count it a privilege to be celebrating this holiday,” said freshman pre-pharmacy major Erin Coney. “In high school, I have always regarded this day, but it was just another day off. But this year I am at an HBCU and I consider it an honor to celebrate this day with other African- Americans 

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 5:17 pm on January 1, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: Charlie Rose, Harry Belafonte, JFK, MLK, Nixon,   

    Civil rights icon Belafonte a tough critic of JFK, and now Obama 

    By Wayne Dawkins
     
    During a town hall-style interview with Charlie Rose last week in New York, Harry Belafonte was on point in his criticisms of President Barack Obama.
     
    Why don’t you [and Cornel West] cut me some slack? the president allegedly said to Belafonte.
    The iconic entertainer/social activist answered, what made you think we didn’t?
     
    Belafonte is a staunch, old soldier of the political left. He recalled when Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed days before the 1960 presidential election. Republican candidate Richard Nixon was a known commodity to the black community and then, about a third of black America identified as Republican. Jackie Robinson, our great hero then, was a Republican elder.
     
    Democrat John F. Kennedy meanwhile was a wild card, but he offered to get King out of jail.
    Belafonte told Rose that the Kennedy’s assumed there would be a quid pro quo, a King endorsement for the Kennedy family relief. MLK stayed neutral however and did not endose JFK. The Kennedy’s were peeved said Belafonte, but he praised King for sacrificing, staying principled and not cheapening a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.
     
    Belafonte’s King anecdote connects to West’s and his critiques of Obama. Yes, the president has tough rows to hoe — a fragile but recovering economy, suffering citizens and hostile GOP opposition — but he cannot assume free rides from subdivided Black America, which has suffered disproportionately.
     
    Yet Obama should get credit for this: When he ‘s hammered on the left, he does not lash out at progressive and leftist critics. So far he has sucked up the hits and stayed silent.
    Time will tell if the president can stay that patient through 2012.
     
    By the way, Happy New Year. I wish readers much success and happiness.
     
    The writer is an assistant professor at the Scripps Howard School of JAC and a contributor to politicsincolor.com
     
     
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