About “A Call to Colors”

The focus of “Call to Colors” is to achieve 100% voter registration by engaging college campus student organizations and the “Divine 9” – nine historically Black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The campaign will also include the NC NAACP and black leadership from around the state of North Carolina.  The initiative includes twice yearly “Call to Colors” civic engagement rallies on HBCU campuses, at non-traditional campuses and in many different iterations. With the NAACP’s participation, the HBCU/Divine 9 and other black leadership, coalitions can be recreated virtually everywhere. Experienced leaders will define the civic engagement concept for undergraduates and guide its implementation. Mobilizing our students in cyberspace creates untold leverage in civic engagement and community organizing.


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A Call to Colors Endorsements

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The Pitt County Model “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive Part XXII

The National Alumni Presidents of several HBCUs across the state are contacting their local alumni chapters, urging them to join with local NAACP chapters in a major voter mobilization…

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Voter Mobilization Now Focus of “A Call to Colors” Campaign- GDN Exclusive Part XXI

With voter registration in North Carolina now ended, voter mobilization – especially on historically black college and university (HBCU) campuses throughout the state – is now the top priority between now and Election Day…

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Leaders Meet For “A Call to Colors” Strategy – GDN Exclusive Part XX

With time running out before the November 6th midterm Elections, Reverend Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, President of the NCNAACP, and Greater Diversity News (GDN) Publisher, Attorney Peter Grear, and convened a pivotal teleconference

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Shaw National Alumni President Announces Support for “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive Part XIX

Yes, there is some apathy on the part of students attending HBCUs around the country, and in North Carolina, regarding the need for them to be registered to vote…

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National HBCU Alumni Association Foundation Promotes “A Call to Colors” GDN Exclusive Part XVIII

National Historically Black College and University Alumni Association Foundation has formally adopted “A Call to Colors,” the nonpartisan voter registration campaign on all North Carolina HBCU campuses…

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Johnson C. Smith University Alumni President Applauds “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive Part XVII

“I think it’s now coming home,” she maintained. “I think that people are getting engaged all over the country in understanding that if things are going to change, they have to be part of the solution. No longer can you sit on the sidelines and wait for somebody else to do it.”

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Bennett College Nat’l Alumna Pres. Supports “A Call to Colors” a GDN Exclusive Part XVI

If anyone knows the vital importance of civic engagement on an historically black college and university (HBCU) campus, it is Ms. Gwendolyn Mackel Rice, President of the Bennett College for Women National Alumni Association.

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Bennett’s President Dawkins Supports “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive Part XV

Few people remember that in 1958, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the campus of Bennett College for Women, and helped to inspire a generation of female leaders.

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Fayetteville State University National Alumni President Supports “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive Part XIV

Vote for Your Old White & Blue!   As the days and weeks go by, anticipation grows as to how

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Saint Augustine’s University National Alumni President Supports “A Call to Colors” GDN Exclusive XIII

“I think it’s something that’s definitely needed and a significant issue because we need to get [public] officials in there who are going to support education, and bring about a more ethical government,” Dr. Larkins told GDN…

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Livingstone National Alumni President Supports “A Call to Colors” GDN Exclusive Part XII

The really strong push under this administration to suppress voter registration, and particularly at HBCU schools in North Carolina are getting ready to put this voter ID referendum on the ballot…

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Livingstone College’s Dr. Jenkins Supports “A Call to Colors” Part XI

He has been president of Livingstone College since 2007, the twelfth in its distinguished history. Located in the City of Salisbury, the private historically-black college prides itself on offering the best academic instruction to its 1,150 enrolled students.

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Gina Pettis Dean Lobbies the Divine Nine for “A Call to Colors” GDN Exclusive Part X

There is no doubt in her mind that “A Call to Colors,” the Greater Diversity News voter registration campaign for historically black colleges and universities should be embraced and adopted by The Divine Nine.

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Dr. Everett Ward, President of Saint Augustine’s University Supports “A Call to Colors” Campaign – GDN Exclusive: Part IX

There is no question in his mind of the value – indeed the necessity – of Greater Diversity News’ HBCU voter registration campaign, “A Call to Colors.”
As the saying goes, “To whom much is given, much is required.”

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GDN Exclusive Part VIII: The Divine-Nine Evolution – An AKA Speaks Hands-On-Leadership

Remedies are needed to keep us engaged and moving forward. Our symptoms are barely being treated but a cure is on the horizon. We might say that cures come from positive motivation toward negative issues…

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GDN Exclusive: President of College Democrats of North Carolina Supports “Call To Colors” Part VII

“Civic engagement is the responsibility of every American citizen,” Easterling said regarding working with nonpartisan groups like the NC NAACP, Divine Nine and others regarding voter registration on college campuses.

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Chair of HBCU Alumni Leadership Roundtable Endorses “Call to Colors” Part VI

Andrea Harris, Senior Fellow with the Durham-based Self-Help Credit Union, Chair of the HBCU Alumni Leadership Roundtable, and former president of the NC Minority Institute for Economic Development, supports a “Call to Colors”.

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Rep. Adams, HBCU Collective Leader Supports “A Call to Colors” for HBCU Civic Engagement – Part V

As we get closer to the crucial 2018 fall midterm elections, two new voices join the a “Call to Colors” civic engagement effort to register 100 percent of the  students on historically black college and university campuses throughout the state…

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N.C. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Larry Hall Supports a “Call to Colors” Part IV

N.C. Secretary of Veteran Affairs Larry Hall is fully behind a “Time for Colors,” a nonpartisan civic engagement action plan to implement 100% voter registration on all historically black college and university campuses across North Carolina.

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Butterfield and NC NAACP Supports ‘Call to Colors’ To Achieve One Hundred Percent Civic Engagement at HBCUs – Part III

Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC-1) And Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the NC NAACP  have joined black leadership in NC endorsing the Time for Colors civic engagement action plan.

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Prince Hall Masons Support Civic Engagement Action Plan a ‘Call to Colors’ Part II

A non-partisan civic engagement action plan to register to vote 100% of eligible students on North Carolina HBCU campuses in the 2018 midterms this fall by engaging fraternities, sororities, and student organizations.

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A Call to Colors Headlines

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The 19 Female Judges Making History in Texas

It is the largest number of black women seen on the ballot in Harris County … Their victory adds to the long lists of firsts across the nation, with the most diverse range of candidates ever elected to Congress, including 111 women.

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Voters Kill Remnants of Jim Crow in Florida and Louisiana

A long overdue reckoning with America’s post-slavery subjugation of black people unfolded in Florida and Louisiana on last Tuesday, as voters threw out vestiges of the post-Reconstruction Jim Crow era.

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Midterm Wave: A Historic 10-Point Jump in Turnout Among Young People

Voter turnout among 18 to 29-year-olds in the 2018 midterm elections was 31 percent, according to a preliminary estimate by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.

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