Civil rights leader keynote speaker for annual MLK Day Celebration

Posted by ncarter | 12/9/2009 12:52 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA)– On January 15, 2010 Paine College, Augusta Technical College, Augusta State University and Medical College of Georgia will present the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The event will began at 12 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. This years, keynote speaker is The Reverend James Lawson, professor, pastor and civil rights leader.

Lawson first met the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957, and they soon joined forces to realize their dream of starting a non-violent mass movement and continued to work with King until his death but has never given up on their shared dream of racial harmony.

Lawson was dubbed by King as “the leading nonviolence theorist in the world,” studied the Gandhian movement in India before becoming a leader in the civil rights movement. His life – including his student years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. has been marked by an abiding faith in Christianity and non-violence, and a willingness to pay the price for those beliefs.

He served 13 months of a three-year prison sentence for refusing the draft during the Korean War, and was expelled from Vanderbilt in 1960 because of his work helping to desegregate lunch counters in downtown Nashville. After a national press uproar and threats of mass faculty resignations, a compromise allowed Lawson to complete his graduate studies at Vanderbilt University. He opted instead to complete his degree at Boston University.

Lawson went on to a career in the ministry, serving for 25 years as pastor of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, before becoming pastor emeritus in 1999. He returned to Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1970-71 during a sabbatical, and that school recognized him in 1996 with its first Distinguished Alumnus Award. The Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni named Lawson the 2002 Walter R. Murray Distinguished Alumnus, and he was named Vanderbilt’s 2005 Distinguished Alumnus.

He continues to spend much of his time at Vanderbilt teaching, speaking and participating in discussion groups with faculty. Lawson was interviewed for the original documentary on the civil rights movement, and is delighted that another generation can view “Eyes on the Prize”. 

“It gives a picture of the scope of the (civil rights) movement,” Lawson said. “Dr. (Martin Luther) King and the movement in the black South, especially in the ‘50s and ‘60s, represents the zenith of the struggle of the American people to become the kind of people that … this idealist wants us to become.”

Vanderbilt archiving experts are cataloguing his papers, and Lawson plans to do some writing – perhaps an autobiography – based on the papers.

For more information, please contact Natasha Carter at (706) 396-7591.

Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit

Alumni Spotlight: Norman '62 slated to receive Trailblazer Award from Wayne State School of Medicine

Posted by ncarter | 12/8/2009 12:38 PM

The Wayne State University School of Medicine will honor Silas Norman Jr., M.D., assistant dean for Admissions, when the school’s alumni association launches the Ensure the Dream, Secure the Future scholarship campaign Dec. 10.

Dr. Norman, assistant dean for Admissions at the School of Medicine, will receive the Trailblazer Award, which honors outstanding alumni and faculty who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated courage, initiative, innovation, risk-taking and leadership.

An assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Norman has been involved in admissions for the School of Medicine for more than 25 years.

Dr. Norman received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Paine College, Augusta, Ga. in 1962 and is a 1976 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Detroit General Hospital. Dr. Norman is active in church and civic affairs and organizations. He is board chairman of the Community Health Awareness Group Inc.

He received the 2000 Alumni Achievement Awards of both the United Negro College Fund Inc. and the Organization of Black Alumni of Wayne State University.

Dr. Norman is a member of county, state and national medical societies. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is certified as an Advanced Correctional Health professional. He was recently appointed president of the Paine College National Alumni Association.

The purpose of the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Detroit Athletic Club, is to focus on scholarship initiatives, recognize scholarship donors to this campaign, showcase student organizations and their missions, and present the annual Trailblazer and Ambassador awards.

Congratulations from the Paine College Community.

Dr. Bradley encourages you to know your status

Posted by ncarter | 12/1/2009 06:55 AM

Ethical and spiritual values, as well as social responsibility, compel me to call attention to an epidemic that is wreaking havoc in communities across this country and around the world. Although the HIV/AIDS epidemic affects everyone, it is having a particularly devastating impact on communities of color and for individuals living in poverty.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that nearly half (46 percent) of the new cases of HIV/AIDS are African-Americans. Of the new cases reported, more than 70 percent are caused by individuals who do not know their HIV status.

A recent report titled "Passing the Test: The Challenges and Opportunities of HIV Testing in Black America" identifies four factors that hinder progress in controlling the disease. Those factors include: the stigma of being harmed if test results are positive; testing as a part of medical exams is not routine; the continued requirement of written consent in many states; and the failure of effective marketing efforts to promote testing.

Starting today -- World AIDS Day -- and ending Sunday, Dec. 6, every person in Augusta will have multiple opportunities to become educated regarding this issue; to show support for individuals who have HIV or AIDS; and to be an advocate for addressing this public health concern. I encourage everyone to participate in activities that have been planned by a diverse group of organizations to promote HIV prevention in Augusta.

As academics, advocates and good neighbors, I hope that we will all do our parts personally and professionally to eradicate this horrific disease in our community. A call to action includes educating oneself, protecting yourself and praying for all who have been touched by HIV/AIDS.

I join with all leaders who understand how important it is to raise awareness about this disease and to support prevention efforts.

Knowing your HIV status is a right and responsibility. Knowing your partner's HIV status can save your life. I have been tested. Have you?

Dr. George C. Bradley


(This was featured in the Augusta Chronicle)

Paine College celebrates World AIDS Day with annual candlelight walk

Posted by ncarter | 11/30/2009 15:25 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA)– Paine College will host a World AIDS Day program and candlelight walk on Tuesday, December 1 2009, at 6 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. The program will be hosted by Selina Soul of 96.3 KISS FM. The program will also feature performances by Angelic Dance Team from Jenkins White Charter Elementary School.  Following the program, a candlelight vigil and walk will take place on the Paine College campus.

The Paine College and CSRA Community will engage in events throughout the week to bring awareness about the AIDS epidemic. Miss and Mr. Paine College will present “The Power of No” play at 8 p.m. and an encore presentation will be given on December 2, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center.  Events for the week will be held at various locations. Please see schedule of events for more details.

Schedule of Events

December 1
Richmond County Health Dept.
St.Paul Episcopal Church
605 Reynolds Street
12:00 pm

Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Paine College
1235 15thStreet
6:00 pm

Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Miss and Mr. Paine College
Paine College
1235 15thSt.
8:00 pm

MCG Ryan White Outreach Team
Aiken Center
1105 Gregg Hwy Aiken, SC
Call 803/649-1900 ext. 0 for appt.
2:00-7:00 pm

December 2
Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Fort Gordon)
Fort Gordon
300 Hospital Road

“Light the Night in Red”
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Macedonia Baptist Church
1828 Wrightsboro Rd.
6:30 pm

Encore Presentation of
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Miss and Mr. Paine College
Tabernacle Baptist Church
Family Life Center
1223 Laney Walker Blvd
6:30 pm

December 4
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Augusta Commons
836 Reynolds St.
4:00 pm

MCG Ryan White Outreach Team
Pyramid Music
824 Broad Street
4:00-8:00 pm

St. Stephens Ministries
Marion Hatcher Center
519 Greene Street
7:00 pm

December 5
MCG Ryan White Outreach Team
Pyramid Music
1647 Gordon Hwy
1:00-2:30 pm

HIV/AIDS Awareness Basketball Game
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Lucy C. Laney Gymnasium
1339 Laney Walker Blvd
3:00 pm

December 6
Richmond County Health Dept.
St. Marks United Methodist Church
1296 Marks Church Rd.
11:00 am
For more information
706-993-5206 or

For more information contact Natasha Carter, Director of Public Relations at (706) 396-7591.

Paine student seldom goes unnoticed

Posted by ncarter | 11/19/2009 07:29 AM

Story by Nakisha Dicks, '07 and courtesy of the Augusta Chronicle

Courtney Gray began the school year at Paine College under the radar.

His low profile didn't last long, however, because those who recognized him quickly spread the word that an actor was in their midst, he said.

"I'm known as the boy on Meet the Browns," the 19-year-old said with a laugh. "They'll ask me, 'You're the boy on Meet the Browns?' and I just nod and say 'Yeah, that's me.' Then they'll go tell others, 'Hey, that's the boy on Meet the Browns!' "

Mr. Gray has appeared in two episodes of the TBS sitcom this season. The freshman mass communications major from Atlanta plays Jamal, a character who loves his best friend, Brianna, but tends to keep his emotions to himself. A little more than a month ago, he taped a third episode that will air later in the season.

It has always been his goal to be in a Tyler Perry production, he said of the playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, actor and author.

"I like that he always has a message in his works," he said. "In every single TV episode, every single play, every single movie, he has a message for the people -- something to make you think, something to make you a better person."

He found that he had the role while he was bowling with friends in Stockbridge, Ga.

"The first thing I did when they called me was drop down to my knees and thank God, because I'd been waiting for something like this to happen for forever," he said. "The first thing that popped in my head was, 'Thank you, Jesus, for blessing me with this part.' "

There were struggles before he got his dream job, but his faith kept him determined, he said.

"A couple of times I almost gave up on acting because I had auditions here and there, but nothing was happening," he said. "I was like 'OK, I've auditioned here, auditioned here and auditioned here, but when am I going to get a part?'

''But every time I've almost given up on it, God has redirected me and smacked something right in my face. Whenever I wanted to walk away, I would walk right back into acting. It's definitely been a journey."

He goes to tapings only when he's called, so he hasn't had to make any major adjustments as a student.

"When I'm called, I'll just go home for a few days, do what I have to do and come back," he said.

What's next?

"It's whatever God wants me to do. I can say I want to do this or that, but it's whatever God has planned for me," he said. "All I can do is stay prepared and continue to work on the gift God has given me."

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or

Former SC State coach and hall of famer Willie Jeffries keynote speaker for Paine's 2nd Annual Athletic Director's Luncheon

Posted by ncarter | 11/18/2009 10:33 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA)- On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 12 Noon, former head football coach of South Carolina State University and hall of famer Willie Jefferies will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2nd Annual Paine College Athletic Director’s Luncheon. The luncheon will take place in the  Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building on the campus of Paine College.

Willie Jeffries, a native of Union, South Carolina, earned his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from South Carolina State University. Additionally, he studied at Indiana University. 
Jeffries’ coaching career began in 1960 as assistant coach at Barr Street High School in Lancaster, SC. A head coaching position followed in 1961 at Granard High School in Gaffney, SC where he compiled a six-year 65-7-2 mark, and won three (1964-1966) consecutive state AAA championships.

He began his first tenure at SCSU in 1973, completing an impressive 50-13-4 record in six seasons. Following a hiatus from SCSU, 1978-1989, Jeffries returned to begin his second tenure which spanned 13 years. Jeffries also earned a national title and made three Heritage Bowl appearances after returning to Orangeburg in 1989. During his remarkable 29-year collegiate head-coaching career, which included five-year stints each at Wichita State, where he became the first African-American head football coach of a Division I-A program and Howard University, Jeffries compiled a 179-132-6 record. This record included six Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships, two national titles, several post-season appearances, and numerous coaching awards. Jeffries also produced a number of players who have distinguished themselves in professional football and other professions as well.

Jeffries left SCSU in 2001, with a winning season. He later became the director of athletic fund-raising at SCSU where he stayed until January 2005 when he accepted the athletic director position at Grambling State University.

During and after his outstanding career he received several honors.  He was inducted into the SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. He is also a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame. He has also received numerous honors for his community service including the Order of the Silver Crescent, South Carolina’s highest award for outstanding community service, the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award. A scholarship fund and endowment have been established in his name at SCSU. During the 2002 school year, he was honored by the Black Coaches’ Association (BCA) with a lifetime achievement award and inducted into the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame. 

He is a member of several coaching, professional and civic organizations, including the American Football Coaches Association, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and NCAA Football Rules Committee.

Jeffries remains a committed ambassador for SCSU, the Orangeburg community, South Carolina and the nation. 

For more information, please contact the Office of Public Relations.

Alumni Spotlight: Emmett D. Johnson '67 honored with nation's highest honor for urban education leadership

Posted by ncarter | 11/18/2009 10:24 AM

Mr. Emmett  D. Johnson '67 was honored by the Council of the Great City Schools Fall conference in Portland, Oregon in October with the 2009 Richard R. Green Award. The award is the nation's highest honor for urban education leadership.Additionally, a $10,000 scholarship will be presented in his name to an Atlanta Public School student.
Johnson was elected to the Atlanta Board of Education in 1997 and he has enjoyed a 12-year tenure. Johnson has played a leading role in strengthening the relationship between the school board and the superintendent. His efforts laid the groundwork for Atlanta’s transformation to a high performing school district and a national model for urban school reform.

The district’s urban reform initiatives serve as models for the nation. Signature programs include the high school transformation, single-gender learning academies, and Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) that provides intensive academic and social support services to students in kindergarten through college.

Johnson holds board chair appointments on the Accountability, Audit, Board Professional Development and Budget committees. He is also the Board's legislative liaison, a delegate for the Georgia School Board Association, and a member of the Panasonic Foundation LAP Traveling Team.


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GAESP will present Judge Olly Neal as keynote speaker for Nov. 18th assembly program

Posted by ncarter | 11/14/2009 09:36 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) -The Paine College Georgia Association of Educators Student Program (GAESP) will present Judge Olly Neal as keynote speaker for the assembly program on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.  The program will begin at 11:00 a.m. The theme for the week is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility”.
Neal has an interesting connection to Paine College. His love for reading moved him to steal Frank Yerby books from his high school library. Yerby is a 1937 graduate of Paine College. Excerpt from A Librarian Mystery: The Judge who stole Frank Yerby “Neal had no idea when he read Yerby that he was reading the first African-American to write an American bestseller, the first to sell a book to the movies, and an author whose sales would reach 55 million.”
Click the link to listen to the NPR “Story Corps” Interview with Neal. <>
About Judge Olly Neal
Neal was born in the New Hope Community of Lee County on a small family farm.  He attended Black Lee County Public Schools.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from LeMoyne-Owen College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.
A Vietnam Veteran, he served in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Specialist Five (E-5). Neal worked for the U.S. postal Service; the Glidden Company as a paint chemist; and with St. Jude/MAP-South Supplemental Feeding Program as supervisor.  In 1969-1970 he helped organize and became the first Administrator CEO of Lee County Cooperative Clinic, a patient controlled community health center. While in that position, he also assisted 15 low-income rural communities in building safe water and wastewater facilities.

He has also served as member and chairman of the Lee County School District, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, National Demonstration Water Project, and Arkansas Land & Farm Development Corporation. He served on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Judicial Council and was awarded the Council's Community Service Award in 2003.
After graduating from law school in 1979, Neal practiced law in Marianna, Ark. until 1991, when he became Arkansas’ only African-American (District) Prosecuting Attorney.  He went on to be elected Circuit Judge in his First Judicial District.  In 1996, he began an appointed term on the Arkansas Court of Appeals and was subsequently elected to a position on that court where he served until his retirement on January 1, 2007.

Neal is a member of  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, W. Harold Flowers Law Society, and the Arkansas Bar Association.  He is also a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Arkansas Land & Farm Development Corporation, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations.
Paine College is a church-related, four-year private institution. The mission of Paine College is to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality that emphasizes academic excellence, ethical and spiritual values, social responsibility, and personal development to prepare men and women for positions of leadership and service in the African American community, the nation, and the world. Paine College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees and functions partly by the generous support of The United Methodist Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and the United Negro College Fund. For additional information visit

Paine College Drama Department presents " Cold Keener" by Zora Neale Hurston

Posted by ncarter | 11/11/2009 14:27 PM

In conjunction with the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance the Paine College Drama Department will present “Cold Kenner” by Zora Neale Hurston. The plays will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel's Odeum on November 12 and November 13.

About the play:  Cold Keener (1930) is a "revue" with nine skits that are unrelated in their themes, characters, or even their settings, which include Georgia, Harlem, Florida, the Bahamas, and a jook joint. Cold Keener illustrates Hurston's concept of "primitive angularity" in dramatic structure--the parts are linked only by their differences. With this fresh approach, she hoped to challenge the African-American stereotypes derived from minstrel shows and thus contribute to the formation of a "real Negro theater."

Paine College students Erica Deas, Sherrie Miller, Shaun Younger, Carlos Thorton and Caressia Jones direct the plays. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Office of Public Relations at (706) 396-7591 or

Experience the Eveyln G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance November 11-12, 2009

Posted by ncarter | 11/9/2009 07:03 AM

Paine College presents the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance on Wednesday, November 11 and Thursday, November 12. The conference consist of five sessions, which will take place in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building and the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

About the Harlem Renaissance
From 1919 until 1940, the Harlem Renaissance was an unprecedented , collaboration of artist, writers, and musicians who converged upon  Harlem and created a corpus of literature, art, and music that portrayed the complexity of the African American experience and provided a means of resistance against the attacks upon black humanity. The period is  famously associated with persons such as Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Cab Calloway, Aaron Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, and Countee Cullen, it also produced lesser known writers, artists, and musicians such as Gwendolyn Bennett, Marita A. Bonner, Sterling Brown, Charlie Parker, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, and Helene famously coined by James Weldon Johnson.These writers and musicians created an artistic and socio-cultural awakening that sought to challenge  the stereotypical characterizations of African American people as shuffling, lazy, and always dancing that prevailed during this period in American history.

With its theme, "Celebrating the Women," this year's conference pays tribute to the contributions made by women of the era. It examines their political, artistic, and cultural impact that helped shape the Renaissance and which continues to reverberate in creative and artistic works today, and it celebrates that vibrancy and genius of the female personalities of the period.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Session I 
Keynote Address — Ms. Frances Wellington
Why We Celebrate
11:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

Session II
Dr. Deborah Austin, Prof. Virginia Wright, Ms. Jasmine Proctor
Biographical Accounts and Performances — Works of 
Selected Harlem Renaissance Singers, Poets, and Dancers
00Candler Memorial Library
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Session III 
Cold Keener: The Production
Student directors and actors discuss their production of Cold
Keener, a play by Zora Neale Hurston.
Presiding, Dr. Don Cleary
11:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Candler Memorial Library 
Session IV
Issues of Roles, Race, Image and Gender: The Women of the
Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
Utilizing “mini-presentations,” panel discussion, and film
excerpts based on novels written by women of the Harlem
Renaissance and female novelists of subsequent generations,
this session explores the importance of race, image and gender.
Presiding, Prof. Isaac Holmes
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM 
Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Odeum

Session V 
Cold Keener: A Review, by Zora Neale Hurston
Presented by the Paine College Drama Department
Dr. Don L. Cleary,  Jr., Assistant Professor of Drama, 
Production Coordinator
7:30  PM -  9:00 PM 
Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Odeum
 This production will be presented again on Friday, 
November 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM in the Odeum.    
2009 Conference Presenters

Deborah Wright Austin, PhD. is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She is employed by the
Richmond County Health Department as a Service Coordinator for the “Babies Cant Wait Program”.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Paine College in Sociology with a minor in
music, Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Psychology from Pepperdine
University, and a PhD from American International University in Human Services.  Dr. Austin is the
founder and CEO of the Augusta Area Cultural Society. 

Ms. Jasmine Proctor is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She is a Junior, Secondary English major
at Paine College. She serves as the Student Government Association Secretary and the captain
of the PC Cheerleading squad. She is also a member of the Augusta Area Cultural Society and
serves as an advisor assistant in the program.  

Ms. Virginia Marian Wright is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She received a Bachelors of Art
from Paine College in English Language and Literature; Master of Education from Augusta
College (Augusta State University) with a concentration in Reading. Further studies include
Certification in Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education.