The North Carolina State University African American Cultural Center is pleased to invite you to the 2014 Lawrence M. Clark University Community Dinner. The annual Clark Dinner, a Signature Event of the African American Cultural Center and the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, will be held on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (reception at 5:00 pm) at McKimmon Center.
The African American Cultural Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Lawrence M. Clark Faculty Excellence Awards and the 2014 Lawrence M. Clark Student Achievement Awards. Please see the press relase below.
The 2014 dinner is the second annual Lawrence M. Clark Dinner, which was established last year to “reaffirm . . . our deep commitment to enhancing an environment where people of diverse backgrounds may come to study and work together, realizing their full potential.” As importantly, the Lawrence M. Clark University Community Dinner celebrates a collaboration involving North Carolina State University, Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University and diverse members of our community. Our theme this year, “Opening Doors” recognizes the humanitarian leaders, faculty and students for academic excellence and engaged scholarship.
The important linkages between Shaw University, Saint Augustine’s University, and North Carolina State University demonstrate a community–wide commitment to social justice, engaged scholarship, and academic achievement. In recognition of the enduring legacies of Dr. Lawrence M. Clark, the African American Cultural Center has renamed their highest award in his honor. The inaugural Lawrence M. Clark Award will be presented to Dr. Dudley Flood and Ambassador James Joseph. Dr. Flood served the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for twenty-one years. Dr. Flood led North Carolina’s effort to desegregate schools, enabling the state to make the transition without the violence that marked court-ordered desegregation in other states throughout the South. He continues to be an advocate for excellence in public education. Ambassador James Joseph, the only ambassador to present his credentials to President Nelson Mandela, has the distinction of receiving the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor given by South Africa to a non-citizen, in recognition of his pioneering efforts in establishing partnerships between South Africa and the U.S. Ambassador Joseph is recognized for his continued commitment to local, national, and international philanthropy. Each campus will also honor a student and a faculty member who exemplify the excellence that Dr. Clark represented.
Registration & Sponsorships
If you would like to support the scholarship and program mission of the Lawrence M. Clark University Community Dinner, we welcome your contributions and participation. You may support the dinner by sponsoring a table for eight for $250, by purchasing an individual ticket for $30, or by providing a corporate sponsorship. For additional sponsorship and registration information, please contact Ms. Crystal Harkless at 919.515.1396919.515.1396.