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Death row inmate starts a new life after 10 years

Photos at art museum explore legacy of plantation life

Trésaun wonders why we can’t just get along

Here’s the voltage box used to give an NCCU student his first tattoo. Did it hurt?

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Campus Echo War protest jams D.C. Operation: Ceasefire demonstration pulls protesters from across the globe in support of getting U.S. troops out of Iraq and back home BY PETULA DVORAK THE WASHINGTON POST

After 24 years of serving Durham, Bruce Bridges, owner of The Know Book Store & Cultural Center, has a tough decision ahead. JEREMY RUSSELL/Staff Photographer

BRIDGES: ‘NO SUPPORT’ Know owner says business threatened by community apathy BY EBONY MCQUEEN ECHO STAFF WRITER

ne of North Carolina’s oldest black-owned bookstores might be facing its moment of truth. According to Bruce Bridges, founder and owner of The Know Book Store, “There has been a lack of support from the surrounding community.” The bookstore, which was established more than 20 years ago, started from a radio talk show called “The Cultural Awareness Seminar.” “People would ask where I got my information from and wanted to know more, so I decided to open up a bookstore,” said Bridges.



Durham resident James Caraway said he loved listening to Bridges’ talk show. “There was stuff that I thought I knew but he always taught me more,” he said. Books are not the only things sold at The Know. With the exception of pork products, you can also find healthy southern cuisines.

1981 The Know opens on Dillard Street. 1991 The Know moves to Fayetteville Street. 2004 The Know adds Friday night jazz sessions. SOURCE: THE KNOW BOOK STORE

“Our fried chicken tastes just as good as Church’s and it costs the same,” said Bridges. Bridges has lectured all over the world about AfricanAmerican culture. “I once spoke at NCCU, but the students talked so much I

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Bridges opened store to educate African Americans. JEREMY RUSSELL/Staff Photographer



Cornel West, one of America’s most gifted and provocative AfricanAmerican intellectuals, will speak tomorrow night in B.N. Duke Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The speech is sponsored by N.C. Central University Lyceum Committee. “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters” are among the most popular of West’s now classic studies of racism and democracy. West is also known for his portrayal of Councillor West in the second and third Matrix films and the video game “Enter the Matrix.” West’s intellectual work draws upon socialism, the Baptist church of his childhood, and American tran-

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scendentalism and pragmatism. “He is an excellent mind,” said NCCU history and political science junior Jeff Easterling. “If you don’t know him before Thursday, after Thursday, you’ll want to know everything about him.” West earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and graduate degree from Princeton University. He directed the Program in Afro-American Studies at Harvard from 1988-1993 and now teaches religion

and AfricanAmerican studies at Princeton. His bestselling “Race Matters” sold more than 400,000 copies and opened a fresh dialogue on race, justice and democracy in America. He is an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, was a member of President Clinton’s National Conversation on Race, and chaired the National Parenting Organization’s Task Force on Parent Empowerment. “I’d describe West as that hardcore professor who everybody tells you not to take in the beginning, but you know you need him because he’ll make you a better person,” said Easterling.

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Controversial intellectual to speak race BY IHUOMA EZEH

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people packed downtown Washington Saturday and marched past the White House in the largest show of antiwar sentiment in the nation’s capital since the conflict in Iraq began. The demonstration drew grandmothers in wheelchairs and babies in strollers, military veterans in fatigues and protest veterans in tie-dye. It was the first time in a decade that protest groups had a permit to march in front of the Executive Mansion, and, even though President Bush was not there, the setting seemed to electrify the crowd. Signs, T-shirts, slogans and speeches outlined the cost of the Iraqi conflict in human as well as economic terms. They memorialized dead U.S. soldiers and Iraqis, and contrasted the price of war with the price of recovery for areas battered by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Riffs on Vietnam-era protests were plentiful, with messages declaring, “Make Levees, Not War,’’ “I never thought I’d miss Nixon,’’ and “Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam.’’ Many in the crowd had protested in the 1960s; others weren’t even born during those tumultuous years. Protest organizers estimated that 300,000 people participated, triple their original target. District of Columbia Police Chief Charles Ramsey, who walked the march route, said the protesters achieved the goal


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N.C. Central University history senior Malisha Butts will be one of four students from the Triangle to compete in the Jeopardy! College Championship tournament. The show will be taped at the RBC Center in Raleigh, Oct. 1-2 and broadcast Nov. 7-18. “I’ve been watching Jeopardy! since my freshman year of high school. I have always wanted to be a contestant on Jeopardy!” Butts said. Butts said her goal was put on hold because of the Melisha Butts, birth of her daughter, NCCU’s Aaliyah Iverson. Jeopardy! “With the money I earn Challenger from Jeopardy! I will start a trust fund for my daughter,” she said. To become a contestant, Butts had to take a pretest. After passing the 10-question test, she took a 50-question test. Only six contestants passed the 50-question test and four of the six contestants were members of NCCU’s Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Quiz Bowl team. Butts has been a member of the quiz bowl team since her freshman year.


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IVERSITY I enjoy activities like free ice cream, football games and watching the cheerleaders. I always wanted to come to NCCU. SHALAIN COX, NURSING FRESHMAN

Freshmen take stock First impressions of NCCU BY JAMIE LEONARD ECHO STAFF WRITER

Tenth grader Cassie Simmons preps for college at the Clement Early College High School in the New School of Education. TREVOR COLEY/Staff Photographer

Fighting chance for science Clement Early College H.S. promotes minority scientists BY SHINESE ANDERSON ECHO STAFF WRITER

Few know it, but there’s an innovative high school in the New School of Education that’s helping to solve the nation’s shortage of women and minority scientists. The Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School is a project of SECME, an organization known until 1997 as the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering. Its goal is to increase the number of minorities graduates from high school and go on to study science, math, engineering and technology. The organization received $4.8 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to seed eight early college schools. According to the review “Equity and Excellence,”

African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans constitute 19 percent of the total labor force, but hold jobs in only 8 percent of the science, math, engineering and technology. The report also states that women make up 44 percent of the labor force, but hold only 22 percent of the science, math, engineering, and technology jobs. “The early college gives kids a chance to find out that they are not predisposed to failure in science and math,” said the school’s principal Nicholas King. The early college school began last year with 82 freshmen and has grown to 165 freshmen and sophomores. It was named after Josephine Dobbs Clement, a Durham native and the first African-American to represent on the Durham

school board. “The unique part of the Clement Early College High School is that students earn up to two years of college credit hours,” said Carmen Dorsey, the University’s liaison to Durham Public Schools. The Clement Early College High School starts in the 9th grade and goes through 12th grade. In their first two years of the high school the students take college prep courses such as Dimensions of Learning and Health. They will begin collegelevel classes starting their 11th and 12th grade year. According to 9th grader Kia Robinson, the early college is not like a typical high school. “The main focus is on you,” she said. “This school will challenge you and get you ready for college,” said 10th grad-

er Chazle Lassiter, who added that she plans to go to college at NCCU. Students start preparation for the early college school in middle school. “The early college keeps high school looking more attractive to students and helps with the drop out rate,” said Dorsey. “It helps motivate students and help improve graduation rates.” Early college students also get note-taking and writing tutoring from the Durham AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. “Students are not disenfranchised or limited from activities of a normal high school,” said Dorsey. According to Dorsey, students still participate in traditional school activities such as the prom, student government and the yearbook.

It’s been over a month since more than 1,200 freshmen arrived at N.C. Central University. No doubt they’ve found that moving into a dorm and buying books can be a hassle. They’ve also discovered that long lines are a part of the college experience and that W.G. Pearson Cafeteria does not serve their mother’s home cooking. They now know about 10:40 break and that they can stay out all night. So apart from that what are they thinking about their experience so far? “People are actually friendlier than I thought they would be,” said Santana Miller, who comes from Boliva, N.C. Miller, a criminal justice freshman, said people are more sociable at NCCU than Bolivia. For computer science freshman Tony House it’s a new beginning that he described as “straight,” but one that calls for some getting used to. “I’m not used to doing things by myself,” said House, who complained about the long financial aid lines and worries about his ability to handle his finances. House lives in Chidley Residential Hall. “Chidley’s nothing to complain about. I’m just trying to get an education and graduate,” House said. But Latham Hall Residence Hall, business management freshman Asia Travis, isn’t so pleased with her room. “It was scorching ... I

expected it to be cool,” she said. Travis likes to party and says she likes Durham, but complains that students tend to stay to themselves. “There is no unity on campus,”said Travis. For nursing freshman Courtney Wilkins NCCU is a chance to connect with the African American community. “I love NCCU, being around my own culture,” said Wilkins. “It’s great. I grew up in a Caucasian community and school. That’s why I decided to come to a HBCU.” Nursing freshman Shalain Cox is already becoming an Eagle. “I enjoy activities like free ice cream, football games and watching the cheerleaders. I always wanted to come to NCCU,” she said. But biology freshman Charity Chestnut isn’t as impressed with the University’s extra-curricular activities. “I don’t like it. It’s boring and the atmosphere is dead,” said Chestnut who added that she plans to go home most weekends. Nursing freshman Tereeta Hairston says that the worst experience has been dealing with NCCU’s bureaucracy. “I never seen anything not so organized. The financial aid, Eagle card and housing lines were long because the housing office stop mailing out room assignments to people,” said Travis. But despite the trouble Hairston says she likes NCCU and loves being away from home.


Ladies and gentlemen the N.C. Central University library books have left the building. So students wanting to check books from the James E. Shepard Memorial Library need to plan in advance. Books not in the reference library are being stored at the Durham Exchange Club Industries at 1717 Lawson Street about a

It’s time to start preparing for the ‘world of work.’

mile off campus until the library annex and breezeway are completed in December. The renovation of James E. Shepard Memorial Library began in fall 2003. Built in 1950 for under $800,000, it was last renovated in 1997. This latest renovation will cost $4 million, according to “The NCCU Project – University Construction and Bond Developments,” at the University’s web site and is expected to be completed August 2005.

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Money for the renovation came from bonds passed for higher education in North Carolina totaling more than $3 billion. In all, NCCU received over $121 million to build and renovate 16 campus buildings. According to Veola Williams, interim director of library services, the library can get books to students the same day they are requested. Requests must be made between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday

between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. There is a truck that goes out three times a day to pick up requested books from the storage site. “This will ensure same day service,” said Williams. Students must fill out a request form to check out books. The request form requires the student to state the title, author and call number of the book. Up to five items may be requested per day. Most students say they’ve had no trouble getting their

books. “I was surprised at how quickly the book came,” said computer science sophomore Ashley Johnson, adding that she was relieved because she needed the book for class the next day. “I thought it would have taken forever.” But some students say that they would prefer to have the books nearby. “I don’t like the books being in another place. It would be much easier if the books were here,” said soph-

omore Alexis Crumel. She said that, while she received a book the same day she requested it, the next time she waited almost two weeks. “I have never had any complaints with students receiving books,” said Williams. Request forms are at the library’s circulation desk in the library. The James E. Shepard Library is open from 8 a.m. 1a.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to 1a.m. Sunday.


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Student dreams of lacrosse team BY SHEREKA LITTLEJOHN ECHO STAFF WRITER

Ray Krone, the 100th person freed from death row, speaks to students CARLA AARON-LOPEZ/Staff Photographer

Ten years lost Falsely accused former inmate tells his story BY SHELBIA BROWN ECHO STAFF WRITER

“Life was good,” Krone told an audience of more than 150 in N.C. Central University’s Turner School of Law Building on Sept. 22. “I never thought about the justice system that much.” But all of that changed December 29, 1991 when 36year-old Kim Ancona was found nude, lying in a pool of blood, in the men’s bathroom of a local bar called the CBS lounge. Soon the Arizona Police were at the home of Krone, interrogating him about the murder. Krone told the police that he did know Ancona, but only from the bar. He didn’t murder her, he said. Two days later Krone was arrested for the kidnap, rape and murder of Ancona. “I was scared,” said Krone. “I had never had a criminal record before.” Krone told the NCCU audience that after being taken into custody, police took blood and hair samples and dental impressions. During Krone’s three-day trial, prosecutors used

Krone’s dental impressions to link him to the murder, claiming that his dental impressions matched teeth marks found on the left side of Ancona’s chest. Krone was convicted and sentenced to death row. He spent the next 10 years in an Arizona prison for first degree murder and kidnapping. He said that when he was first imprisoned, he found himself wondering if he had locked the doors to his car, who would feed his dog, and who would play his position in a softball tournament. “I was stupid,” he said. “I was being naive. I thought the police were out looking for the real killer.” After a couple of years, Krone did what many convicts do: spending time in the prison law library. “If I’m going fight this system — I must know this system,” he said. A cousin, with the support of friends and family, played a crucial role in getting Krone a new hearing. Krone appealed a second time in February 1996. This six-and-a-half-week trial got him off death row.

His sentence was reduced to 25 years to life, but he was still not free. “My heart was pounding. I couldn’t believe it,” said Krone. “I could hear my mother and sister in the back of the courtroom, wailing, as my second verdict was read.” In 2002, a bite mark expert demonstrated the bite marks on the victim could not be Krone’s, and DNA analysis proved that Krone was not the assailant. Krone was released from prison on April 8 and acquitted of all charges on April 24, 2005. “No one is immune to these types of circumstances. People need to be aware of this,” said Karen Darlington Jr., an NCCU law student. “Stories like this make you want to help people in these types of situations,” said Wendy Harris, first-year law student at NCCU. “Never give up,” said Krone. “It’s not about the 10 years I spent in prison. It’s about how I spend my next 10 years.” Krone’s presentation was sponsored by NCCU Law School Innocence Project.

When Lyle Burnham started looking for a college, he looked for two things: a criminal justice program and a lacrosse team. Burnham, a graduate of Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, accepted a NCCU academic scholarship, but he was disappointed that NCCU didn’t have a lacrosse team. Lacrosse is America’s oldest sport. It’s a game that has elements of basketball, hockey and soccer. It was played by Native Americans and rooted in their religion. The sport, played using a netted stick and a ball, was used to resolve conflict, heal the sick, and train men in warfare, according to the U.S. Lacrosse Web site. Lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport in the U.S. Burnham said lacrosse is important to him because he moved a lot as a child, and playing lacrosse helped him make friends. That’s a situation Burnham is determined to change, but it hasn’t been easy. Burnham says one reason he wants to start a lacrosse club at NCCU is to popularize the sport among African Americans. “The sport, as is, is a predominantly white sport,” he said. He found student support for lacrosse after posting flyers around campus and advertising on

Lyle Burnham wants a lacrosse club at NCCU. JEREMY RUSSELL/Staff Photographer

AudioNet, NCCU’s campus access radio. He also sought outside advice from Donnie Brown, a high school lacrosse coach and a former lacrosse player at Morgan State University in Maryland. Brown says creating a lacrosse club at NCCU is a great idea, and has agreed to donate equipment to the club if it gets established. “Lacrosse is the biggest unofficial fraternity in the world,” Brown said. “All I would have to do is make a few phone calls and NCCU would have lacrosse equipment.” But first there are a number of hurdles to jump through for NCCU. The Student Handbook outlines procedures for establishing a new student club. A new student club packet must be completed with

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KNOW CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 wanted to walk offstage,” said Bridges. Bridges also said students at NCCU do not read enough, and the professors do not encourage them to. “Students should be pushed to come to places like The Know, because it is important to know information outside the textbook. “There is no reason that African-American students, on an African-American campus, do not support an African-American bookstore,” said Bridges. Bridges gets most of his

support from a few loyal customers who have been visiting the store for many years. Bridges said that if community support does not improve, he might be forced to transform The Know into a jazz club and restaurant. “We currently have jazz night on Friday nights, and once in a while a couple of NCCU students come and perform,” said Bridges. The Know Bookstore and restaurant sells a variety of books from old to new, fiction to non-fiction.

the signature of an adviser who is a full-time NCCU faculty or staff member. Then the director of Student Leadership, Training and Development, and the associate vice chancellor must approve the application. Once accepted as a student club, the organization can apply for funds from the Office of Student Affairs. The biggest hurdle for Burnham has been finding an adviser to supervise the lacrosse club during practices and games. So he sent an e-mail to every NCCU faculty member. Thomas Scheft, an associate professor in the School of Education, replied to Burnham’s email saying he had been on the UNC-Chapel Hill lacrosse team in 1969 and 1970. “I would love to see it as a club sport,” Scheft said, but added that he does not have spare time to advise the club. Then, last week, Burnham hit the jackpot. Two instructors in the Department of English and Mass Communications, Minnie Forte and Joyce Ellis, each sent him e-mails saying that they would advise his lacrosse club. Some students don’t want any more student clubs. “We can barely fund the Ex Umbra,” said English and mass communication junior Jarell Dawson. “We should not have a brandnew sport to fund.” But Burnham is determined that NCCU will have a lacrosse club before he graduates.

“They have a good selection of books, especially hard-to-find AfricanAmerican literature,” said Farrah McKoy, an office assistant at the Alfonso Elder Student Union. “It seems as though black people would rather support white businesses,” said Bridges. “We can provide any service that any other bookstore can provide, but the only difference is we cannot change our ethnicity — and we do not desire to.”

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Durham tradition serves as voice of black community Since 1922 the Carolina Times has put ink to paper BY JEAN ROGERS ECHO STAFF WRITER

N.C. Central University alumnus Louis E. Austin bought The Standard Advertising in 1922 and he changed the name to the Carolina Times, with a vision of turning the newspaper into the voice of Durham’s AfricanAmerican community. Austin’s vision is still being carried on 83 years later and the Carolina Times is still Durham’s only black owned and operated newspaper. Kenneth Edmonds, Austin’s grandson, is the current publisher of the Carolina Times. He said the Carolina Times aims t help the black community progress. “My grandfather viewed the use of the paper in terms of moving black folks forward and NCCU is part of that,” Edmonds said. Austin was good friends with James E. Shepard, founder of the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua, which would later become NCCU. This family-owned business on Fayetteville Street was originally on East Pettigrew Street in Hayti, formerly Durham’s black business district. The weekly newspaper covers sports, entertainment, city and county government. During the struggle for

Kenneth Edmonds, publisher of the Carolina Times, stands before a picture of his grandfather, Louis E. Austin, founder of the Durham newspaper. JOSEPH COLEMAN/Staff Photographer

Civil Rights Movement, the paper played a vital role in the community. Austin was involved in the first civil rights case to integrate the UNC system. In 1933 he personally drove Raymond Hocutt to UNCChapel Hill’s pharmacy school so he could try to enroll. When Hocutt was denied admission he filed the first civil rights case to integrate the UNC system. Austin used the paper’s editorial column to chronicle the struggle for civil rights in the black community. In 1971, Austin’s daughter, Vivian Austin Edmonds, herself an alumna of NCCU, became the paper’s publisher when Austin died. She had been working for the paper since she

was five years old. In 1979, many blackowned businesses in downtown Durham were relocated to make room for the Durham Freeway. This relocation forever closed the doors of many Durham black businesses, and doomed Hayti, one of the nation’s most vital black business zones. Edmonds said the Carolina Times survived urban renewal because the black community supported his grandfather and what the paper stood for. “Urban renewal in combination with integration really took the heart out of the black business district,” he said. “The fact that we were able to tell our own story — and by the grace of God — is how we survived. People

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come to us because they are coming for a specific reason.” In 2002, Edmonds assumed control of the newspaper after his mother retired. “She is still a vital part of the paper,” said Edmonds, adding that his mother still checks in on the paper once or twice a week and helps edit stories from her home. Even though it is not something that he originally planned to do, Edmonds says he loves his work. “Newspapers involve writing — something that I can do, but prefer not to,” he said. “Part of my reason for coming back was not only to help my mother, but my grandfather has always been special to me and I wanted to try and carry on his vision for the newspaper,” said Edmonds. According to Edmonds, NCCU has always been a part of the Carolina Times and he is very happy with the growth of NCCU. “We applaud Chancellor Ammons because he is not only bringing in top-flight students and raising the standards, but there is an expectation of more from the students,” said Edmonds. “Children will rise to the level of expectation. If you expect more, they will produce more.”


Q & A: Vivian Edmonds Publisher took helm in 1971 Edmonds was the publisher of the Carolina Times, Durham’s only black owned and operated newspaper, for 31 years. The paper has been published in Durham since 1922. This interview, done by email, was conducted on April 20, 2005. When did you take charge The Carolina Times? In 1971 at the death of my father. When you were a child, did you help your father run the paper? I started working there at the age of 5 years. I was responsible for dictating (to a secretary) young children’s experiences and news from the neighborhood. It was run in the paper weekly under “Kiddie Kollum” by Vivian Austin. Is this something that you saw yourself doing or did it kind of fall in your lap? I taught in public schools when I didn’t live in Durham. I never saw the situation as “falling in my lap” but rather as an institution which would continue to plead - without fear or favor – the causes of African Americans. This newspaper is responsible for paved streets in many African-American neighborhoods in Durham. It is responsible for equal pay for Durham public school teachers and tobacco

workers. It is responsible for equal representation on the Durham police force, and increased financial support for North Carolina College during the life of its founder and president, Dr. James E. Shepard. What is your dream for The Carolina Times as a newspaper? I don’t “dream” — I work from home as much as possible. Our people need to “can” that dream stuff and go to work (deep studying for students). If not, our people are going to get left behind again! Do you enjoy your job? Enjoyment has nothing to do with fighting for a cause! If you could state your opinion on what happened to Hayti and how, if at all, this affected The Carolina Times? This is too long and complicated a story for brevity! If you could just give me a quote here. It can be about anything concerning the paper. The motto of The Carolina Times is “The Truth Unbridled” Many of our supporters have long regarded this newspaper as the “uncaught horse” because we have “fought” against injustices wherever they are found. That is our cause and I hope we never lose it.

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Displaced students face financial hurdles Katrina forces students to start over BY ASHLEY R. HARRIS BLACK COLLEGE WIRE

As Kia Thomas walks from her dorm room to her next class at Fresno Pacific University in California, she carries a heavy load. Thomas, 18, of Fresno, Calif., is one of thousands of displaced students from historically black colleges in the New Orleans area who face the daunting challenge of replacing lost belongings and finding money to pay expenses as they try to resume an interrupted education. Before Hurricane Katrina, Thomas had planned on being a biology/pre-med major. Xavier University of Louisiana was a perfect fit, she said, because it was the number one producer of African American medical school candidates in the country. From the first day in August that Thomas set foot on the Xavier’s campus, where she was a freshman, she knew that New Orleans was for her. “It was great,” Thomas said. “I didn’t get to see much, but the Southern hospitality was great.” All the promise that the school year held for Thomas was washed away in an undercurrent that has changed her life, and those of residents of the Gulf Coast, forever. Thomas was among the 460 students and staff members who stayed on the Xavier campus Aug. 29 when Hurricane Katrina lashed Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. After that, major levees broke around New Orleans and flood waters rose around the dormitories. She was rescued Sept. 1 and taken to Southern University at Baton Rouge, where her mother met her to begin her long journey home. She left everything behind: all of her clothes, her high school yearbook, her television and DVD play-

"I don't want the storm to stop me from attaining my goal or completing my dreams," Kia Thomas says. Courtesy of Fresno Pacific University

er, her computer, a refrigerator, dishes, towels, a quilt, eyeglasses and contact lenses – the inventory is long. She did not have renter’s insurance. But her spirit is not broken. “I don’t want the storm to stop me from attaining my goal or completing my dreams,” Thomas said. Her days now are spent catching up with the classes that began before she enrolled Sept. 7 at Fresno Pacific, and trying to find the money to replace some of her property. Even with donated help, keeping up with expenses related to staying in school is difficult. There is little hope for any refund from colleges shut down by the storm and floods. Many don’t see a way to pay back this semester’s collected tuition and keep paying faculty and administrators who are working toward reopening the schools. Even if they could, it would be some time before college officials could get into the offices where major enrollment data was kept. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Marvalene Hughes, Dillard’s president, said, “I can’t return the tuition. I don’t have access to any of our financial records.” Norman

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C. Hughes, president of Xavier, agreed. So how are Thomas and other displaced students making it? Her community has helped with donations. Her family has tried contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross, an experience they have found to be frustrating but not daunting. Fresno Pacific University has helped, too, by waiving tuition and housing costs. Vendors, including the university food service and bookstore, have come up with donations and discounts. A relief fund has been established at the college. It’s still hard. “All monies were spent just getting my daughter to the school,” said her mother, Selina A. Adams, in an email, as she searched via the Internet for assistance. Reached by telephone, she summed up her resolve: “I’ve tried various sources like FEMA and the Red Cross, and I’ve run into some walls, but this is just a reminder that God is in control and he’s going to take care of us.” Ashley R. Harris, evacuated from Dillard University, has enrolled for the semester at the University of Houston.


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 of 100,000 and probably exceeded it. Asked if at least 150,000 showed up, the chief said, “That's as good a guess as any. The protesters rallied at the Ellipse, then marched through a misty drizzle around the White House and along Pennsylvania Avenue. The crowd thinned as events continued into the evening with a concert on the grounds of the Washington Monument that featured Joan Baez and other performers along with antiwar speeches. The police presence along the demonstration's route seemed more relaxed than at recent protests, although D.C. police and U.S. Park Police had hundreds of officers in place to deal with potential trouble. Police reported no injuries or major problems. They said three people were arrested — one on a charge of destruction of property, one on a charge of attempted theft and one on a charge of disorderly conduct. About 200 counterdemonstrators set up outside the FBI building on Pennsylvania Avenue, and there was some yelling back-and-forth as the antiwar marchers moved past. “Shame on you! Shame on you!” one counter-protester shouted at the antiwar group. Several dozen officers stood between the two groups, and no trouble erupted, police said. The antiwar groups staged smaller rallies Saturday in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, London, Rome and other cities. In Washington, the events were sponsored by groups including the ANSWER Coalition and United for Peace and Justice and focused on a succinct theme: “End the War in Iraq and Bring The Troops Home Now.” Roughly 147,000 U.S. troops are in Iraq. Since the war began in March 2003, 1,911 U.S. soldiers have been killed and 14,641 have been wounded. The protest groups helped organize caravans and car pools, and many participants began arriving

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Hathaway, as the crowd cheered President Bush was not around to hear the protesters filing past his house. He spent the day at command centers in Texas and Colorado, where he assessed Hurricane Rita recovery efforts. Vice President Cheney was undergoing surgery at George Washington University Hospital to repair aneurysms on the back of his knees. The masses on the street Saturday served up a broad cross section of the United States by age, geography and religious and ethnic persuasion. There were the Raging Grannies, Presbyterians for Peace, Portuguese Against Bush and a group of Quakers. The Buddhist Peace Delegation took up most of 14th Street NW with its golden banner that read: “May all beings be safe and free from anger, fear, greed, dilution and all ill being.” Protest organizers had been making special note of the military presence on the anti-war front. Army 1st Sgt. Frank Cookinham, with a special forces patch on one shoulder, scorpion tattoos crawling across the back of his neck and “LOCO” permanently inked on his Adam's apple stands out in most crowds. He was pretty uncomfortable Saturday. “I've never done this before, but here I am, in uniform, figuring this is the only way I can shove it to Bush,” said Cookinham of Newport, R.I., who recently returned from a second tour in Iraq, 10 years after serving in the Gulf War. “This war makes no sense.” Marching past the Treasury building, Steven Olsen, 57, and his wife Brenda, 49, of Yonkers, N.Y., held aloft signs bearing a photograph of their son, a sergeant in the Army Reserve who was called up and sent to Iraq after enrolling in medical school. “I hear from him about once a month,” said Brenda as her husband gently waved a placard that said, “Proud of my soldier: Ashamed of this war.”

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very “body” has a story. Tattoos are people’s stories written into their skins and Justin Cox is their storyteller. Cox, a Santa Cruz, Ca., native, is touring the country, tattoo shop by tattoo shop. For now, he’s the visiting artist at Dogstar Tattoo Company, on Durham’s Ninth Street. When Cox isn’t tattooing, he’s drawing; when he isn’t drawing, he’s tattooing. Pierre Batchler, N.C. Central University history and English senior, walked into Dogstar on Sept. 24 looking for a custom tattoo of Africa. This was Batchler’s first tattoo. Cox is a natural artist and was receptive to Batchler’s idea for a symbol of Africa — with a lion, a black fist, a hundred dollar bill and a black man and woman within the dark continent. He designed Batchler’s idea, transferred it onto his skin and proceeded to make it permanent on his body. Batchler flinched from time to time but quickly “manned up” to the pain. This isn’t a kid’s lick-on tattoo. This is life: blood, steel, pain. And it is so “rock star.”


The tattoo artist preps his tools like a surgeon. Sterilization is essential. Period.

Tattoo artist Justin Cox laughs at a joke from Pierre Batchler. Batchler was nervous at first about getting his tattoo, but soon realized it doesn’t hurt as much as his friends told him.

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The finished product of Batchler’s version of Africa left him impressed and a little addicted to the body art form.


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Exhibit explores slave experience Fine art photographer uses re-creations to show master-slave negotiation BY EDGAR GAISIE ECHO STAFF WRITER

For just a moment, imagine yourself in the place of a slave held captive on a plantation in the rural south before the Civil War. What would life be like? How would it feel? Photographer Titus Heagins explores these questions with his photography exhibit, Plantation Lullaby, now on display at N.C. Central University’s Art Museum. The photographs reconstruct slave life on a plantation using models. “The scale of this concept is unprecedented,” said Kenneth Rodgers, director of the art museum. “He had to gain special permission to shoot these reconstructed photos on the grounds of plantations that have historical value,” said Rodgers. “Its authenticity lends a dimension that is larger than life —it’s very extraordinary work.” Heagins said he was driven to do Plantation Lullaby by his experience with racism growing up in Texas during the Civil Rights movement.

“I witnessed my first lynching when I was just five years old,” he nonchalantly told an arts and humanities class at his exhibit last Wednesday. “I’m affected by the implications of dealing in a racist society, so I feel it is my obligation as a photographer to bring some understanding to the issues of racism in America.” Plantation Lullaby is accompanied by poems from Heagins’ close friend Jackie Shelton Green. Heagins used everyday people, like college students and family members, to stage the reconstruction of slave life. Heagins told students that plantation life was “a negotiation between slave and master.” The images range from shocking photos like an in-your-face reconstruction of a lynching entitled, “Run No More,” to a peaceful composition named “Soloman Justice” that shows a slave holding a lily while standing in a creek. “All of them were straight to the point,” says freshman Shannon Everett. “It basically shows you how slavery was back then.”

Sophomore Martina May pointed to the photograph “Missus’ Eggs,” and said “the look on her face is realistic, like she’s in a depressed state.” Heagins’ said his passion for photography expanded in 1997 after a trip to Cuba. He said Fidel Castro’s teachings of “freedom, equality and fair play” made him interested in Cuba. He said race is not as big an issue in Cuba as it is in the United States. “There were light Cuban’s and dark Cubans,” Heagins says, “but it was like nobody noticed but me.” He has also photographed Cuban family life and African American cemeteries. He says his work has a purpose beyhond aesthetic value. It is, he says, “a sociopolitical commentary about race.” Planation Lullaby will remain at the Art Museum through October 21. There is no charge to see the exhibit. The exhibit, according to art museum director Kenneth Rodgers “is a triumph of photographic technical acumen, historic recreation, and first-rate story telling.”

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Def poet returns for third time BY JOANNA HERNANDEZ ECHO A&E EDITOR

Spring Fling 2004. HBO Def poet Dana Gilmore stood strong and confident in front of a small group of N.C. Central University students in B.N. Duke Auditorium. The students attending the coffeehouse sponsored by the Student Activities Board had no idea they were about to hear spoken word poetry at its best. Gilmore’s poetry is filled with her life experiences and interpretation of others’ experiences. “I heard her and I was hooked; her poetry was so

real—she didn’t sugar-coat,” said Saphonia Baker, exercise sports science junior. Gilmore’s poems appealed to her audience. “She knows how to speak to college students,” said Baker. Gilmore said, “I’m from Kansas City; it’s the showme state to the heart. In Missouri you have to prove yourself; people aren’t just gonna give it to you just because.” After enjoying her first NCCU experience, Gilmore returned in Fall 2004. “You all have great energy here,” said Gilmore By her second visit students had seen her on the HBO Def Poetry series.

Those who had seen her the first time had spread the word, resulting in a large audience of fans. On Sept. 14 in Alfonso Elder Student Union, Gilmore returned to perform for another SAB-sponsored coffee house, and this time she recognized her NCCU fan base. Onstage, Gilmore demands attention; she gets her audience to listen, then empathize. When asked what inspires her poetry Gilmore said, “I have times when something is burning inside me to come out, and I piece it together. I can feel a poem before I even write it.”

Baker said, “Her poetry is like a glimpse into her life.” In poems like “Wife, Woman, Friend” Parts I and II, Gilmore opens up about her relationship debacles and emotional trials. “I like to be understood, not just heard,” said Gilmore. By evening’s end, Gilmore had inspired new and old fans. “She always comes with something new. She always does something that makes you want to come back for more,” said Baker. Gilmore’s CD “Tonight … I Jus Wanna Write” is now available at her website .

Anderson believes it’s “My Turn” Another N.C. Central student to drop major album BY JULIUS JONES ECHO STAFF WRITER

Jazz studies junior Marcus Anderson describes his debut album “My Turn” as exciting. “My Turn” produced under Whitehouse Music Production, is an upbeat collection of soulful R&B ranging from bold jazz to romantic ballads. Anderson, raised in Spartanburg, S.C., understands that jazz is normally intended for mature listeners, but feels that he has found his place in music. “My style is urban and different,” said Anderson. “I target the younger

audience instead of doing what some consider normal.” Growing up in a musical family, Anderson believes that it is his time to shine. “Everything was just so accessible to me,” said Anderson. “I didn’t have to go through anything to record [my album].” Anderson’s musical credits include touring with national-recording artist and jazz piano player Marcus Johnson, the 2005 Miss NCCU Coronation and the 2004 – 2005 HBCU All Star Band. “My Turn” is due in stores January 2006.

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Lil’ Kim The Naked Truth Atlantic Records out of on the 5 2 black hand side Lil’ Kim has released her fourth LP, “The Naked Truth,” full of her classic trademarks of expensive clothes, name dropping and party-filled anthems. “Naked Truth” exposes a side of Kim that seems as artificial as her physical appearance. As usual, the production is above what Kim can handle as an emcee but still gives a great shake to the head and body. Her guests outshine her on her tracks, and make the listener forget whose album they have purchased. Bun B takes over “We Don’t Give A F[omitted],” Snoop Dogg takes over “Kronik,” and

T.I. shines on “Get Yours.” What more can I possibly say about Kim or this album? Unless you’re a devoted Lil’ Kim fan, this album has only 3 songs — maximum — that call out as classic Lil’ Kim jams. Enough with shouting out about how much of a pimp or Italian gangster you are, Kim—enough with shouting out about how much you miss Big and why you do things the same way Big did. It’s time to move on, Kim. “The Naked Truth,” at best, gets two out of five on the black hand side from this harsh critic. Only “Whoa” and “Lighters Up” are worth listening to from Kim this year. Maybe we’ll hear something better from her when she gets released from jail. – intellectually gangsta

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IN BRIEF Division I-AA move still under discussion A consultant recommended to a Trustee-Student Relations Committee at a meeting Monday that N.C. Central University move from Division II to Division I-AA. This move would mean leaving the CIAA and entering either the Mid-Eastern Conference or the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The report also considered the option of staying in Division II CIAA. The study, conducted by Andrew Fellingham of Inter Collegiate Athletic Consulting of New York, states that NCCU would have to increase its athletic funding to $5.4 million, an increase of 40 percent. NCCU is a founding member of the MEAC. According to Chancellor Ammons a decision will be made in November. — Rony Camille

Women’s cross country shows off at invitational The N.C. Central University women’s cross country team showed its Eagle pride at the 22nd annual Greensboro Cross Country Invitational at Hagan Stone Park held Saturday, Sept. 24. Sophomore Yolonda Barber was the first Division II runner to cross the finish line and placed third overall with a time of 19 minutes, 47.1 seconds on the 5k course. Junior Aisha Brown finished sixth overall and second in Division II with a time of 20:25.1. Barber claimed the women’s individual title with Brown finishing second. The women’s cross country team captured a Division II team first place finish overall. The Lady Eagles won the Division II event with 58 points, while Saint Augustine's College placed second with 71 points and Fairmont State University finished third with 87 points. The men’s and women’s next meeting will be Sept. 30 at the Great American Cross Country Festival. — Asha Sutton

Bowling team rolling to the top NCCU’s women’s bowling team finished second at the CIAA Western Division Invitational in WinstonSalem Sept. 23-25, making this their first tournament of the season. NCCU finished behind Fayetteville State University (15-0) with a 9-6 record for the three-day invitational. Kimberly Dedmon and Jabria Buntyn rolled high scores, averaging 151.7 and 151.3 games, respectively. NCCU’s Tiffany Johnson of Washington, D.C., rolled for a single game high of 216 during the matchup against Fayetteville State. The Lady Eagles will attend the CIAA Western Division Invitational at Raleigh on October 7-9.


Fans expect one of the best games of the season from two teams with perfect records BY SASHA VANN Wide receiver Charles “Stix” Futrell fills in nicely for injured quarterback Adrian Warren.



The saying “birds of a feather flock together” is entirely true when it comes to the N.C. Central University Eagles and the St. Augustine’s College Falcons, who both hold perfect records in the CIAA (5-0, 2-0 CIAA). But as far as football is concerned, there will be no unity in O’Kelly Riddick Stadium on Saturday. The contest between the Falcons and the Eagles dates back to 1924 with the Eagles holding the record 24-1-1, making this the 27th meet. Head coach for the Falcons, Michael E. Costa, mentioned preparation at a press conference yesterday. He said that all units, offensive, defensive and special teams, need to be equally prepared for the game. “You couldn’t ask for a better match-up. Coach Broadway has done a great job with Central this year and establishing their program,” said Costa. “I think the team that makes the fewest mistakes has a really good chance to win.” The Falcons will combine defensive tactics with scoring capability in an attempt to surpass the Eagles offensive line. For the Eagles offensive strategy, running backs Corey Brown and Greg Pruitt Jr., who combine for an average of 159 rushing yards per game, look to carry the ball through the Falcons defensive blockade. On the receiving end, wide receiver Torey Ross, who leads the team with 93.6 receiving yards per game, will be a target as he leads the team with pass receptions from Adrian Warren. Warren, who missed the Bowie State game because of a shoulder injury, will be expected to be the cannon that will force the receivers into the end zone. Offensive linemen Azubike Alaribe and Robert Duncan will protect NCCU’s scoring squad, while punt returner Brandon Alston will start the Eagles off in a good scoring position. “Well, we’ve got great coaches and our players have soaked up everything they've said — I say this every week — if you can limit your amount of turnovers, you can win the game,” said Broadway. “Turnovers have been the difference in the last two meetings between us, and it will probably win the game Saturday.” Look out for the Falcons as wide receiver Eddi Montgomery and former NCCU quarterback Darell Nesbitt attempt to collaborate on a flock offensive that will push Montgomery out for long passes from Nesbitt. The Eagles look to defensive back Derrick Ray and defensive lineman Ronald Dowdy as they lead the team with tackles, 29 and 24 respectively. Also on the Eagles protection force, defensive back Andre George and defensive linemen Greg Peterson and Jermicus Banks hold down the Eagle fort as the Falcons try to maneuver their way into maroon and gray territory. Watch for defensive end Alex Hall, who led the Falcons defense with 9 tackles, including 4 for losses and one sack against Elizabeth City State last week. The Falcons’ only win against NCCU was the matchup of October 2003.

NCCU “Stix” it to Bowie Receiver proves efficient for Eagles victory BY ARIEL GERMAIN ECHO STAFF WRITER

The Eagles maintained their winning streak (5-0 overall, 2-0 CIAA) over Bowie State University — without starting quarterback Adrian Warren. Junior Charles Futrell stepped in to replace Warren, who was out with a shoulder injury from NCCU 38 last week’s game. This was BSU 19 Futrell’s second appearance as quarterback since the 2003 Aggie-Eagle Classic. BSU felt its first upset of the season as Futrell, whose regular position is wide receiver, completed 9 of 16 passes for 101 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown pass, and rushed for 55 yards. He also scored on a 1yard option keeper. Futrell, an all-conference quarterback from E.E. Smith High School in Fayetteville,

made a smooth transition from wide receiver to quarterback with only three days of practice. Because he doesn’t normally play quarterback, Futrell said he had to act “out of character” for some plays. “They were bringing the guys out on the blitz, so I had to do what was necessary to gain yards,” said Futrell. The Eagles established dominance early in the game as sophomore Brandon Alston scored the first touchdown of the game with a 54-yard punt return. Corey Brown rushed for more than 100 yards — the second time in two games, amassing 107 yards, more than a third of the Eagles’ total offensive yards against the No.1 NCAA Division II defensive unit. While the Eagles offense was gaining yards, the Eagles defense shut down BSU’s attack to maintain the lead. Junior defensive lineman Greg Peterson led the Eagles defense

with 10 tackles, including three hits that forced lost yardage and a sack. Defensive lineman Ronald Dowdy, along with defensive backs Andre George and Derrick Ray, amassed eight tackles each. The Eagles kept BSU’s Isaac Redmon, the conference’s top rusher, to only 82 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Lamar Manigo completed only 9 of 23 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns. “We were just trying to make a statement to the CIAA teams,” said Ray. “I was just trying to be a leader. This game meant a lot to us because Bowie was undefeated.” Ray added two hits for a loss with a sack, two pass breakups and a blocked field goal to his record. The Eagles will go head-tohead with the Falcons of St. Augustine (5-0, 2-0 CIAA) on Saturday at noon.

Lady Eagles spike up the punch BY ERICKA HOLT ECHO STAFF WRITER

N.C. Central University’s Women’s Volleyball team smashed Shaw University 30-22, 30-9, 30-23 in last night’s match at Hillside High School in Durham. The Eagles attack started with middle hitter Danielle Johnson-Webb putting them up 12-6 until Shaw started returning the hits. A strong hit from outside hitter Tordra Sessions and an ace by utility Itumeleng Shadreck closed out the game. The second game was no contest as the Lady Eagles left the Lady Bears hanging by a deficit of 21 points. In the last game the Lady Eagles changed the lineup, with the leading middle as a rightside hitter and the defensive specialist operating as outside hitter. “Everybody got a chance to play which made it a great win for us,” said head coach Ingrid Wicker-McCree.

Brenda Brown waits for a pass as Tiffani Turrentine stands guard. CHRISTOPHER WOOTEN/Staff Photographer

Outside hitter Brenda Brown led with nine kills while utility Portia Gause contributed six kills. Ariel Germain added 35 assists and five digs. “Coach gave me the motivation to just get out there and hit,” said Brown. “I was proud of

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More than skindeep am exhausted in the classroom. I’m tired of my peers acting so immature and professors always relating everything we learn to being AfricanAmerican. I feel so isolated from the rest of society, knowing that I spend the better part of my day discussing how it feels Trésaun C. Lee to be black. I do understand that we attend a HBCU, and that its intention is to educate us about AfricanAmerican history, but it is 2005 and I still feel oppressed. And not by white America or Bush, but by black people. I have never seen such prejudice and self-hatred since I enrolled here. It’s as if we despise each other for being so similar that we must scoff at our differences.


It saddens me but when their to witness a backs are community of turned, things young black stuchange — I have never seen such dents who cansmiles become prejudice and selfnot find the snickers, and hatred since I enrolled motivation to hospitality participate in becomes here. It’s as if we class and are ridicule — this despise each other for satisfied with a recognition being so similar that “C” because “at becomes null least it’s not failand void. we must scoff at our ing.” What others differences. Not only as say doesn’t students do we often affect me, procrastinate, but I had the but as a race we are ultimately notion that I would be easily unsatisfied with ourselves accepted at a black university. We are not pleased with our But after being here for a accomplishments unless we year, I have noticed it is not are rewarded. just skin color that makes you How many of us would give black. blood if we did not receive If you don’t represent where community service hours? you’re from, then you are not Who are we to get upset black. when society calls us lazy and If you don’t eat fried chicksays we don’t reach for promien with hot sauce, then you’re nence? not black. Who are we to want things If you don’t listen to hipwhen we do not give them? hop or rap, then you’re not We practically need that black. reassuring nod from our peers We are so wrapped up in to know we are “accepted,” being exploited that we don’t

realize we are demoralizing ourselves. But being down here, I get the vibe that it’s OK to be this way. In other words, disliking “uppity negroes” is the norm. This is not high school. I came here to get an education that will prepare me for a career, but a lot of students think this is just another four years to mess around. And too many professors condone it. They do not motivate us to participate or excite us about class. Would any of this be happening if I didn’t attend an HBCU? Honestly, I don’t think it would; it seems we have this pre-set agenda for all black people. Is it that our motivation only goes as far as it gets us personal gain? I believe it’s NCCU’s job to teach us to be citizens with pride in our education and then and only then will being black be just my skin color, not my place in society.

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N-word in cartoon wrong ore than 50 angry students have protested in front of the offices of the Independent Florida Alligator newspaper at the University of Florida in response to a controversial cartoon that showed rapper Kanye West holding “The Race Card.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Beverly Mount Rice says in a text bubble, “Nigga please.” Some administrators joined the students in protesting the Sept. 13 cartoon, and even University President Bernie Machen asked the Alligator staff to print an apology. But according to an opinions article posted Sept. 19, the Alligator staff does not feel


as though it has done anything reasons it separated from the wrong. university was to become In fact, staff members feel “independent,” and to be able they have shed to exercise true light on an freedom of issue that speech, however needs intenthe staff saw fit. sive care. Andy Marlette, Whatever message The editoristudent illustrathe cartoonist and al cartoon tor at the paper, should not said he did not the Alligator were have been pubintend for his trying to send was lished. In an cartoon to be lost in translation argument, a seen as racist. person may Marlette said because of the impact hear somethe term “nigga” the word carries. thing he or she was taken from does not like, popular rap but blocks it lyrics and comeout. dians. Whatever But rappers do message the cartoonist and the not represent the entire black Alligator were trying to send community. was lost in translation because Yes, there are some black of the impact the word carries. people who use the terms They used a racist term that “nigga” and “negro” in has no place in intelligent con- acknowledging their peers, but versation. many blacks use the terms in Mike Gimignani, editor of an effort to desensitize the the newspaper, said one of the hurt and humiliation they

carry from 400 years of captivity and servitude. Marlette said he put “Nigga please” in the cartoon because he could picture a black woman saying that to a black man. That is just not a good enough reason to start up controversy. To many, this was not just a racist act, but one of ignorance and immaturity. Sometimes when people are in a position to force their opinions on others, they may act without thinking about how that opinion may affect others. It brings me to an old saying: “To whom much is given, much is required.” With a weapon as powerful as a pen, a person has to act responsibly. Beverly Mount is a senior public relations student at Florida A&M University who writes for the Famuan. This editorial first appeared in

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