Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NC NAACP to Honor Shaw University with Humanitarian of the Year Award


January 13, 2015


Contact: Tom Wolf, NC NAACP - tom@naacpnc.org or 504-940-4441



NC NAACP to Honor Shaw University with Humanitarian of the Year Award 
at 31st Annual Humanitarian Awards Banquet


RALEIGH, NC: The North Carolina NAACP will honor Shaw University and the leadership of Dr. Gaddis Faulcon with its Humanitarian of the Year award on January 24, 2015. The award will be presented to Dr. Faulcon at the NC NAACP's 31st Annual Humanitarian Awards Banquet, at the Abundant Life Christian Center in Raleigh. 

Shaw is the oldest Historically Black University in the South. It was founded in 1865, when millions of chattel slaves were transformed into both human beings and citizens by the United States putting down the rebellion of the slave owners who controlled southern legislatures and militias. Dr. Henry Martin Tupper founded Shaw to provide literacy training (under the sin and system of slavery, it was a crime to teach slaves to read and write), the study of the Bible and minister training, and the study of the educational process and teacher training. 

For 150 years, Shaw has dedicated itself to engaging young leaders in the struggles for social justice and civil and human rights. It is the birthplace of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the meeting location for numerous civil rights strategic planning sessions that have been instrumental in advancing civil rights in North Carolina and throughout the United States.

"This is the birthplace wherever you talk about higher education and leadership in the African American heritage," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II at the university's Founder's Day Convocation in October. "Shaw is our mother." 

"We do not recognize Shaw just for its legacy, what it has done in decades past; we recognize Shaw for it does today, under Dr. Faulcon's leadership, to train, inspire, educate and nurture student activists. Shaw leads by example. We are honored to bestow this noble award on our mother university -- Shaw," said Rev. Dr. Barber. 

The Humanitarian Award banquet will be held on January 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.) at the Abundant Life Christian Center located at 4400 Old Poole Road in Raleigh.  


If you would like to purchase a ticket or place an ad in the special souvenir journal, download, complete and return the form found HERE

You can also contact Michelle Laws, Executive Director of the NC NAACP, at (919) 682-4700 or by email at executivedirector@naacpnc.org. The deadline for all ads in January 19, 2015


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