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February events honor tradition, look to future

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Left to Right: Gloria Grainger Quick '69 and Bunny Woods Jones, top right: Founder’s Day chapel, lower right: Junior ring ceremony.                                   Photos Credit: Yasmine Keeley

Left to Right: Gloria Grainger Quick '69 and Bunny Woods Jones, top right: Founder’s Day chapel, lower right: Junior ring ceremony. Photos Credit: Yasmine Keeley

Left to Right: Gloria Grainger Quick '69 and Bunny Woods Jones, top right: Founder’s Day chapel, lower right: Junior ring ceremony. Photos Credit: Yasmine Keeley

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The second week of February was a week where students, alumni, faculty and staff came together to honor the history and achievements of Columbia College.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted a reception in honor of Black History Month and Founder’s Day in the student lounge Feb. 8. Bunny Woods Jones, Columbia College’s first African American student, and Gloria Grainger Quick ’69, Columbia College’s first African American graduate, talked about their experiences as students at Columbia College. The event was attended by alumni, students, families of guest speakers, staff and faculty members.

Kwideria Walker, junior business major and dance minor, and Nakiya Byas, junior psychology major, moderated the event.

Grainger and Woods honored Dr. R. Wright Spears, the college’s 12th president who served from 1951 to 1977. Woods read an excerpt from Spears memoir, One in the Spirit: Ministry for Change in South Carolina.

Woods referenced Spears’ response to a CC board member in 1964 who offered a large contribution to Columbia College if Spears assured him that the college would not integrate. “Integration in this college is inevitable and will come soon. It is the right action to be taken and I intend to do everything possible to affect this little transition. I must reject your offer.”

McNair Center for Entrepreneurism fellows and seed fund recipients were introduced as African-American and African entrepreneurs. Each gave a short description of their businesses.

Students joined Grainger and Woods for dinner following the closing remarks from  CC President Carol Moore.

 

Juniors display their new rings
Photo Credit: Yasmine Keeley

The week concluded with the Junior Ring Ceremony on Feb. 9. The class of 2019 smiled and cheered as they received their rings from assigned ring-bearers, individuals selected by juniors to place the rings on their fingers. The ceremony began with a speech from the senior class president, Christinia A. Dunn, political science major and communication studies minor. Kirt Moody, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and environmental science, officiated the ceremony.

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