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On March 18, 1960, seven students from Owen Junior College, determined to join Africa-American college students throughout the South in the fight against racial segregation, sat at the lunch counter of McClellan’s Variety Store Downtown.
The next day, 36 students from LeMoyne College and Owen Junior College participated in sit-ins at Cossitt and Peabody public libraries in a further effort to desegregate public facilities in Memphis. They were arrested, along with five African-American journalists covering the events.
The bravery and determination of those students is honored in a Tennessee state historical marker on the LeMoyne-Owen College campus, between Brownlee Hall and the Hollis F. Price Library, at 807 Walker Ave.
The official dedication of the marker will be part of the college’s Black History Month Chapel at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Metropolitan Baptist Church at 767Walker Ave.
Dr. Douglas Scarboro, senior vice president and regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is the chapel’s keynote speaker.
LeMoyne-Owen College will host the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation’s Legacy Lecture Series Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Little Theater in the Alma C. Hanson Student Center.
The theme of the lecture, presented by Wells Fargo, is “Defining Who We Are.” It will tackle topics ranging from social media: protect your image, civil rights and legacy leadership, and ethics in leadership.
The nonprofit National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation was founded in 1986 by members of the National Council of Alumni Associations. The foundation is dedicated to sustaining and growing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) through alumni recognition, scholarships, training and technical assistance, and programs to promote humanitarian involvement.
The lecture series is held on several Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses during the school year. Its goal is to expose students to resources, talents and expertise of educators, scholars, researchers, celebrities, behaviorists and practitioners who share their collective wisdom, knowledge and experiences with the next generation of leaders.
Panelists for Wednesday’s program are Thomas W. Dortch Jr., NBAC Hall of Fame chair; Jamila Mustafa, MTV and BET Networks, iHeart Media and ESPN personality; Stevie Briggs Jr., former NFL player and actor; Anta Sallah Njie, 2018-2019 Miss NBCA Hall of Fame; Hank Stewart, author and poet; Natalie Purham, 2018-2019 Miss LeMoyne-Owen College, and Karim Muhammad, LOC SGA president.
A round table discussion with LOC student leaders from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. will precede the 11 a.m, program.
For 61 years, members of Memphis’ faith community have partnered with LeMoyne-Owen College to stage the International Tea, a major fundraiser for the college and a culinary treat featuring foods from various countries.
This year’s event will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., next door to the college.
The Tea is an important partnership between area churches and LOC, regarding advocacy and financial support for the 157-year-old college. Participating churches prepare foods from different countries.
Last year’s International Tea raised some $28,000 for scholarships.
The International Tea was founded by the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, who, according to LOC President Andrea Lewis Miller, “understood the invaluable role and tradition the faith community has played in the life of Historically Black Colleges and Universities like LeMoyne-Owen College.”