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

Educate, Organize, Mobilize.

St. Joseph A.M.E.’s New Pastor Believes in Civic Engagement – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part XVII

DURHAM, N.C. – He is the 31st pastor of St. Joseph African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominately black church with

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NCCU Alumni Summit Focuses on “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part XVI

When the National Historically Black College and Alumni Association’s Fifth Annual Alumni Leaders Conference convenes Saturday, August 3rd at North

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ECSU Student Civic Engagement Ramping up for 2020 Elections – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part XV

Ramsey proudly touts what the campus NAACP does in promoting voting and voter registration drives at the beginning of the school year.

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Alpha Phi Alpha President, Everett Ward, Pushes Voter Mobilization Efforts – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part XIV

The time is now for historically black Greek organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council to claim their important roles in nonpartisan voter registration, education, and ultimately mobilization.

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Dr. Barber Says Student Civic Engagement Is Essential – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part XIII

With the 2020 elections just around the corner, harnessing the power of the black student vote is critical, observers say, in determining the future of this nation.

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SGAs/BSUs Nationwide Encouraged  To adopt “Civic Engagement” Campaigns – GDN Exclusive Vol II, Part XII

“A Call to Colors,” the Greater Diversity News’ (GDN) student civic engagement campaign promoting voter registration, education and mobilization, is set to spread nationwide…

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Alpha Advocacy in Action Alert: Voter Engagement Strategies

The 2020 elections are fast approaching and pose a critical impact on the future of our communities. This is all about the Urgency of NOW and Alpha Advocacy In Action!

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WSSU SGA President Leads Campus Civic EngagementA – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part IX

The strength behind SGA Pres. Gibson’s leadership – empowering students at WSSU to have a voice, and have that voice heard.

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J.C. Smith University SGA President Committed to Student Civic Engagement – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part XI

when in comes to student civic engagement, particularly as it comes to non-partisan voter registration, education and mobilization come election time, J.C. Smith University SGA President Jameia Booker has been both focused and committed.

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Senate Minority Leader Blue Supports “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part X

More and more black elected officials are coming out in support of “A Call to Colors,” the Greater Diversity news nonpartisan civic engagement campaign…

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Bennett SGA President Strong on Civic Engagement – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part VIII

Say “Bennett Belles,” and those who know their history immediately think about the proud students of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro.

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NCCU SGA President Leads Students to Campus Polls – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part VII

When it comes to involving Eagle students in nonpartisan civic engagement, Hedgebeth, relishes his role … Students are able to ask questions about voting in primaries and general elections.

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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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A Call to Colors Headlines

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NCCU Alumni Summit Focuses on “A Call to Colors” – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II, Part XVI

When the National Historically Black College and Alumni Association’s Fifth Annual Alumni Leaders Conference convenes Saturday, August 3rd at North

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ECSU Student Civic Engagement Ramping up for 2020 Elections – GDN Exclusive “A Call to Colors” Vol. II Part XV

Ramsey proudly touts what the campus NAACP does in promoting voting and voter registration drives at the beginning of the school year.

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Dear Candidates, During Election Season Here Is What Black People Want: Meaningful Engagement

andidates and their campaigns are comfortable talking at black people, but few want to talk to us. This limits our ability to influence their decisions and policies. And it’s a bad strategy…

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