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Watch this event recorded Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Program Schedule

○ Welcome
○ Video 1 – Black National Anthem (4:21)
○ Greetings from Campuses
○ Video 2 – International Civil Rights Center and Museum video (5:28)
○ Introduction of Panelists
○ Video 3 – NC A&T Spoken Word (1:41)
○ Panel on Student Activism: Then and Now
○ Video 4 – Guilford College Spoken Word (2:27)
○ Questions from the audience
○ Video 5 – UNC Greensboro Spoken Word (3:41)
○ Closing Remarks

Our Moderator

La’ Tonya R. Wiley

La' Tonya Wiley
La’ Tonya Wiley

La’ Tonya Wiley is the Events Coordinator for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Also serving as one of the Museum’s senior interpreters, she is cognizant of the gravity of her role and takes great pride in crafting insightful, impactful and enlightening presentations of history.

When not at the Museum, La’ Tonya is also a professional theatre actress. Ms. Wiley holds both a Bachelor’s degree from Elon University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Our Panelists for the discussion

Arthur Claiborne NC A&T
Arthur Claiborne NC A&T

Arthur Claiborne

Arthur Claiborne (he, him, his) is a Senior Accounting Student from Kinston, NC and currently serves as the President of the Residence Hall Association, the Polemarch of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a Resident Assistant in Cooper Hall, and a cadet in the North Carolina A&T ROTC program.  Arthur developed a passion for social and political activism through his membership and leadership within The Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP at North Carolina A&T State University and wants to continue empowering himself and others to make a change within his community.

Mariam Sheriff Guilford College
Mariam Sheriff Guilford College

Mariam Sheriff 

Mariam Sheriff (she, her, hers) is a daughter of Dominican and Sierra Leonean immigrants. She is a Sophomore at Guilford College majoring in Community Justice Studies with a double minor in Spanish Language and Peace and Conflict Studies. Mariam has been involved in community activism for as long as she could remember, and this summer she had the opportunity to serve as the Community Liaison for a youth organization called 10For10. Because Mariam identifies as an Afro-Latina, she’s faced all sorts of racism and discrimination, thus dedicating herself to fight for others, and use her voice for those who have been denied the opportunity. 

Edmond Gayton UNCG
Edmond Gayton UNCG

Edmond Gayton

Edmond P. Gayton (He/Him/His) is a Junior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro double majoring in African American Diaspora Studies and Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law. Edmond was born in Rochester, New York but was raised locally in the great state capital of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has reprised his role for a second year as Chairman for the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity committee for the Student Government Association, where he works on the Chancellor’s Advisory committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In addition Edmond is the Vice President of the Rho Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity incorporated where he works with his brothers to create programs designed to educate and empower the black men on his campus.


2021 MLK Celebration Committee Members

  • Daisy Santiago, UNCG
  • Augusto Peña, UNCG
  • Manuela Sanchez Talavera, NC A&T
  • Gerald Spates, NC A&T
  • Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Guilford College
  • Barbara Lawrence, Guilford College

Thank you to:

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Special thanks to Cassia Williams of NC A&T for her performance of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Damien Bell

Spoken Word Performers

Damien Bell
NC A&T

Damien Bell (he, him, his) is a senior multimedia journalism student from Alexandria, Virginia. He has been involved with multiple social justice organizations such as black university and ignite NC

Erin Jeffers

Erin Jeffers
Guilford College

Erin Jeffers is currently a senior at Guilford College. She is majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Business. Erin’s favorite pastimes are playing basketball and writing spoken word. Erin is passionate about the current state of society as well as the issues being presented during the pandemic. Erin is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, and is proud of her African American and Native American Roots.

Nyazjah Spruel

Ny’Azjah Spruel
UNC Greensboro

Ny’Azjah Spruel (she, her, hers) identifies as African American. She was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey and is furthering her education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a junior majoring in Psychology. Ny’Azjah enjoys being involved in her community all while setting a great example for the youth and her peers. Her greatest strengths are her resilience and ambition to be able to fight the odds stacked against her. Ny’Azjah is a witness to what living in poverty is like and for that, her vision is not only for people who look like her to be treated humanely, but to bridge the gap in education, job opportunities, affordable health care, rehabilitation and more. By mentoring the youth, manifesting possibilities, putting in the work, and being a role model, Ny’Azjah will break the cycle. 

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