SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The City of Salisbury turns black and blue this weekend as Livingstone College’s homecoming culminates under the theme: “We are friends, we are family, we are Livingstone.”
There are a host of events that have already taken place and a myriad more are scheduled for students and alumni, and family and friends designed to “delight, thrill, inform and entertain.”
Though everyone rallies around the football game, homecoming is much more than what takes place on the field.
“Homecoming always centers around our alumni and we try to coordinate a variety of activities that will make them feel at home again,” said Vincia Miller, director of Alumni Affairs. “There are some alumni who come back every year and there are those who haven’t been back to campus in years. We ensure there is something for everyone to do so that they can leave feeling renewed and continue to help sustain our institution through their generous support.”
Alumni festivities kick off Oct. 4 with an Alumni and Friends Cocktail Party from 5-7 p.m. in the Poets and Dreamers Garden on campus.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet takes place at 6 p.m. in the New Trent Gymnasium; a Fashion Show begins at 7 p.m. in Varick Auditorium; and a bowling party will begin at 10 a.m. at Woodleaf Bowling Lanes.
Alumni Convocation begins at 10 a.m. on Friday at Varick Auditorium, where Dr. Vernon L. Baker will be the keynote speaker. Baker, a 1968 graduate of Livingstone, is a professional school counselor at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, Md. He rejoined the workforce after retiring from a career as a school principal and assistant principal.
Immediately following convocation, there will be a tree planting ceremony.
Beginning at noon is the United Negro College Fund “Soul Food” Luncheon in Aggrey Cafeteria on campus. Cost is $30 per person.
The Alumni All Star Basketball Game also begins at noon in the New Trent Gym.
The official fall meeting of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association (LCNAA) will take place at 3 p.m. in Tubman Little Theater. The night winds down with an LCNAA Social from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Event Center on campus.
There will also be a day party, and a black and blue denim party on Friday. Visit livingstone.edu for details or the college’s Facebook page.
The day’s events start with the high-stomping sounds of marching bands as the Livingstone homecoming parade begins at 9 a.m. The route runs from Main to Monroe streets, ending on the campus of the college.
Awards will be given for best performance, best drill/dance/step team, most creative and best overall.
Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins will serve as grand marshal for the parade. She was elected in November as the first African-American female mayor of the City of Salisbury. In December, Livingstone College presented her with an honorary doctorate degree at winter commencement. She is a former dean and associate vice president at Livingstone College.
The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. when the Livingstone College Blue Bears take on the St. Augustine’s Falcons.
LCNAA will hold its annual dance – this year a masquerade ball – from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Trolley Barn, located at 125 E. Liberty St., Salisbury.
Gospel Jazz Brunch Sunday
The perfect punctuation to homecoming weekend is the Gospel Jazz Brunch. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts (Livingstone Hotel) at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. South.
This drop-in event will feature soul-stirring gospel music, sweet notes of jazz, cultural skits and a full brunch menu including desserts. Live music will be provided by Livingstone’s Sunday Best featuring Curtis Dean and Christopher Gray.
Dean, a graduate of Livingstone College and NAACP Image Award nominee, is an assistant professor in the Division of Business at Livingstone. He is known all over the world for his talent and as a musical director. He has scored music for many off-broadway gospel plays such as “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” and “Lord, Why Do I Keep Choosing The Wrong Man.”
Most recently, Dean has written and produced several plays including “Just Be a Man about It” and “KARMA: What Goes Around, Comes back Around,” and has produced three CDs. He has shared the stage with recording artists such as Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Eugene Wilds, Cheryl Lynn, Tony Terry, Glen Jones, Cherelle, Christopher Williams, Lenny Willams, Shirley Murdock, Howard Hewitt, Melba Moore and Regina Bell, to name a few.
Gray, director of Livingstone’s Gospel Choir, has been nominated for a Stella Award. He is a well known and respected writer, composer, artist and producer in the gospel music industry. He has written and produced for major gospel artists including the late Rev. James Cleveland, Pastor John P. Kee, and Edwin & Walter Hawkins among others. He also hosts a radio show on Praise 100.9 FM., Charlotte.
Cost is $30 per person.
“Homecoming is an opportunity to thank our alumni supporters, to provide a welcoming environment, to showcase our progress, and to appeal to alumni how important they are to the sustainability of Livingstone College,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Livingstone president. “The Division of Institutional Advancement and the Office of Alumni Affairs have done a great job in planning a slew of events to keep everyone interested and involved.”
Jenkins is encouraging alumni and friends to be sure and include the brunch on their list of things to do and make it their last stop before heading out of town.
For more information about homecoming, call Anthony Brown, director of student activities, at
(704) 216-6272; or Vincia Miller, director of alumni affairs, at (704) 216-6009.