2013 - Our Year Of Togetherness
2013 is a 6 Universal Year. In a nutshell, the 6 is a loving, caring, responsible, warm, humane, and compassionate number that directs most of its energy to small, closely-knit groups -- family, community, and friends. The ties that bind us bind us even closer during a 6 Year. While we know that none of us is perfect, we Bear Boosters believe that it is time to bind the ties that bind us as a group and continue working together to achieve a return to the legacy of which we all share a vital part.
Shaw University, our Shaw University has a rich history.
It is the oldest HBCU in the South.
The Leonard Medical School was founded in 1881 as the first four-year medical school in the South to train black doctors and pharmacists. It was also the first medical school in North Carolina to offer a four-year curriculum and operated until 1918.
Shaw University has been called the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina, as North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University all had founding presidents who were Shaw alumni. The founder of Livingstone College spent his first two college years at Shaw before transferring to Lincoln University. What became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was located on Shaw's campus during its first year.
On February 1, 1960, a group of black college students from North Carolina A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina where they had been denied service. This sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across the South. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC (pronounced "snick"), was created on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh two months later to coordinate these sit-ins, support their leaders, and publicize their activities. Out of SNCC came some of today's black leaders, such as Congressman John Lewis and NAACP chairman Julian Bond. Together with hundreds of other students, they left a lasting impact on American history.
The Shaw University Bear Boosters Club is determined to strive toward harmony in all we say and in all we do. Our focus is athletics, which is an integral part of the university. We want to be a vital link in providing scholarships to young men and women. We never know when the next Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Walter Payton, John Lewis, Condoleezza Rice, or Barack Obama will rise from Shaw University. We must ensure that the possibility exists.
You do not have to be a Shaw graduate to be a member of or make a donation to the Boosters Club. We welcome all graduates and friends who have a desire to assist aspiring young athletes.
Thank you for all you have done and all you will do to support athletics at Shaw University. You can rest assured that your donations go toward the projects you specify them for. We anticipate bigger and better things in 2013 and look forward to your continued or renewed support toward our efforts.
Joyce M. Robinson
Booster Club President