About “A Call to Colors”

The focus of “A 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 Articles

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St. Augustine SGA: From Protest to Proactive – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part VI

When Dr. Everett Ward, president of St. Augustine’s University (SAU), lauded Greater Diversity News’ (GDN) civic engagement campaign, “A Call to Colors” last June, he said, “…

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From Protest to Proactive: SHAW University SGA – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part V

For the past year, graduating senior Ryan Wright has proudly served as Student Government Association (SGA) President at Shaw University in Raleigh, and by all measures, he has led with dedication and distinction.

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Chief Justice Beasley Maintains Importance of Civic Engagement – GDN Exclusive

If ever there were historic accomplishments of pride that North Carolinians could point to as undeniable progress, thanks to aggressive civic engagement and voter mobilization, look as recently as last November 2018.

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Thurgood Marshall College Fund Statement of Support for “HBCU Partners Act” Legislation

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is proud to support the 'HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students Act' (HBCU PARTNERS Act)…

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NCCU Alumni Civic Engagement Effort Has Vision and Mission – GDN Exclusive Vol. 2, Part IV 

In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, A Call to Colors provided the tools for successful voter registration, education and mobilization of students on various HBCU campuses across North Carolina.

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Shaw National Alumni President’s Perspective on “A Call To Colors” – GDN Exclusive, Vol. 2 Part III

Kalvin Wall indicated that Shaw’s national alumni association has not had its executive board meeting to fully flesh out “A Call to Colors” Phase II directives to local chapters as of press time, but fully expects to do that shortly.

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Dr. E. Lavonia Allison – Steeped in the Struggle for Justice – GDN Exclusive, Vol. 2 Part II

Few civil rights veterans have the eternal fire in their bellies for justice and equality like Dr. E. Lavonia Allison. And few have her undeniable track record of fighting for the Black community for well over 50 years.

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North Carolina Central University Alumni Ready to Go with “A CALL TO COLORS” Phase II – GDN Exclusive Vol. 2 Part I

Phase II of “A Call to Colors,” Greater Diversity News – sponsored civic engagement campaign to register, and then mobilize student voters on every HBCU campus thereby activating supporters now and not waiting.

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Part Two: The Pitt County Model – a Greater Diversity News (GDN) Exclusive Part XXIII

“We worked, and it paid off in Pitt County.” Mildred Council has issued a call to Shaw Bears to sign-up for GDN’s eNews and to review “A Call to Colors” on its site.

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Part One: 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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From Protest to Proactive: SHAW University SGA – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part V

For the past year, graduating senior Ryan Wright has proudly served as Student Government Association (SGA) President at Shaw University in Raleigh, and by all measures, he has led with dedication and distinction.

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UNCF Delivers First Annual State of the HBCU Address and Congressional Honor Roll

UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) – on the heels of delivering over $100 million in additional federal funding to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)

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Voting Rights Groups’ Lawsuit Against Ohio Heads to Trial

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