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UNCP honors Coretta Scott King

By Alan Chase
Assistant Circulation Manager

Campus leaders organized UNCP Coretta Scott King tribute. From left to right: Hope Nichols, graduate advisor of Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc.; Katri Benjamin, vice president of UNCP-NAACP; Latoya Purdie, president of UNCP-NAACP; Cynthia Redfearn, associate director of resident life; LaShawn Ford, Sigma Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc., Michael McMillian, vice president UNCP-NAACP.

Photo by Kelly Freeman
Campus leaders organized UNCP Coretta Scott King tribute.  From left to right: Hope Nichols, graduate advisor of Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc.; Katri Benjamin, vice president of UNCP-NAACP; Latoya Purdie, president of UNCP-NAACP; Cynthia Redfearn, associate director of resident life; LaShawn Ford, Sigma Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Inc., Michael McMillian, vice president UNCP-NAACP.

Almost 50 students, staff and administrators paid tribute to Coretta Scott King Feb. 15. 

The ceremony began outside the University Center with a candlelight vigil and prayer.  Attendees then marched to Moore Hall for a brief presentation. 

The Moore Hall presentation included a short video and slide show about King and her fight for equality, two guest speakers and a performance from The Voices of Serenity Gospel Choir. 

According to attendee Joshua Matthews, the tribute "symbolizes what the blacks went through and how important her work was to the black community and how it lives on."

Coretta Scott King passed away on Jan. 31, 2006. 

The UNCP chapter of the NAACP sponsored the event.

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