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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

VALDOSTA- Today marks the tremendous 50th Anniversary for Valdosta State University to implement integration in their school. Ms. Drewnell Thomas and Mr. Robert Pierce were the first two people of color to attend then named Valdosta State College and pioneer for many generations to come. A Heritage cookout located on Palms Quad is the official kickoff to the "Celebration of Inclusion". From Noon-2
pm today there will be various esteemed speakers to provide knowledge on their recollection of where they were at the time of this momentous event and their connection to our historical alumni. There are various events happening to celebrate this 50 year accomplishment throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. We hope to see our NAACP members, VSU faculty, staff and students attending any of the following events  to commemorate 50 years of Integration:

 A Look 50 Years Back and 50 Years Forward
Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.
Bailey Science Center Auditorium Room 1011
Open to the public. 
Pioneer's Brunch
Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
University Center Cypress Room
Invitation Only
Political Symposium
Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Theater
Open to the public.
Social Symposium: Being a Minority at a Predominantly White Institution 
Film Presentation - Nov. 12 at Valdosta Stadium Cinemas (Students only)
Student Panel - Nov. 13 at Student Union Theater (Open to the public.)
Academic Symposium
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Student Union Theater
Open to the public.
Diversity Workshops
Feb. 6-7, 2014
A Night of Celebration
Feb. 25, 2014
Student Union Ballroom
Open to the public.
Detail of events Courtesy of Valdosta State University 50 years of Integration Webpage. (

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