MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) is making history among Lasallian institutions by becoming the first to incorporate a student chapter of the NAACP. In celebration, an official charter ceremony will take place on September 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Theater on the CBU campus.
The ceremony will serve as a formal welcome from the Memphis branch of the NAACP as well as the Tennessee NAACP, the governing advocate for the state’s branches. The ceremony will also honor the achievements of the charter members and welcome them to the campus of CBU. A reception will follow the ceremony.
Madeline Taylor, executive director of the Memphis branch of the NAACP and Gloria Sweet Love, president of the Tennessee NAACP, will join a host of local members and community representatives for the ceremony. The CBU chapter also extends an invitation to the general public.
The NAACP, which is the common abbreviation for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the nation. It is comprised of more than a half-million members and over 2,000 local units throughout the country.
“We began this process last September, and we received approval from the national chapter of the NAACP in July. I am extremely excited about everything coming together,” said chapter president Taylor Flake, a sophomore history major at CBU. “It is our mission to keep our Lasallian values first and foremost as we actively and effectively advocate for social justice within both our CBU community and the greater Memphis community.”
CBU is pleased and excited to have a chapter of the NAACP on campus. “It is a joy to see young student leaders embrace the tradition and diversity of this organization by implementing a chapter on the campus of Christian Brothers University,” said Karen Conway-Barnett, dean of students and advisor to campus multicultural organizations. “Through this organization, CBU students from all walks of life work together to continue the struggle for seeking social justice for all Americans, a cause which embodies the Lasallian mission.”
CBU was founded in 1871 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Catholic teaching order founded by Saint John Baptist De La Salle. This community of educators dedicates their lives to provide Christian education to young people, especially the poor.
Tim Doyle, associate vice president for student life, said that the history of Lasallian education and the mission of NAACP are closely related. “Lasallian Catholic institutions have a proud history of promoting and supporting social justice movements, and CBU embraces that tradition. Our diverse, deeply integrated student body is a tangible reminder of our all-embracing and universal mission to educate the minds and touch the hearts of all willing people. Our student organizations should and do reflect that.”