North Carolina Central University in Durham will ring its historic Shepard Bell on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Dr. Debra Saunders-White, NCCU chancellor, will provide opening remarks at 2:55 p.m. Tiffany Adams, a senior, political science major and member of the Student Government Association’s Executive Board, will ring the bell along with North Carolina State Rep. H. M. Michaux Jr. An NCCU alumnus, Michaux took part in the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, at the personal invitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Adams attended last Saturday’s celebration in Washington.
The Shepard Bell, bearing the name of NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard, has been a campus fixture since the institution’s earliest days, when it rang out to announce class dismissals, mealtime, and game victories. The bell stands in a low tower on Campus Drive in front of the Hubbard-Totton Building and next to the Edmonds Classroom Building. The community is invited to attend. The campus map is here.
Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University was the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans. Today, this dynamic campus has a diverse student body of 8,300 enrolled in academic programs including law, biosciences, library science, business, nursing, education and liberal arts.
Learn more about African American history in Durham.