2022 Greensboro Joint Celebration
Click video below for a replay of our Virtual Celebration and Presentations Wednesday, January 26 at 6 p.m.
○ Video 1 – Black National Anthem (4:21)
○ Greetings from Campuses
○ Video 2 – GTCC Video (5:29)
○ Introduction and presentations by two of our panelists
○ Video 3 – UNCG – (2:44)
○ Panel on “I come as one, but stand as 10,000” – Maya Angelou
○ Q and A
○ Video 5 – International Civil Rights Center & Museum video (5:28)
○ Closing Remarks
La’ Tonya R. 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
Alyssa McCall is a senior psychology student at North Carolina A&T State University that is from Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently an executive board member for NAACP, Planned Parenthood Next Generation, Caribbean Student Association, College Bffs, and an ambassador for both the Office of Intercultural Engagement and HBCUTour. She is also a mentor for the True Colors Mentoring Program as well. Alyssa is a proud activist for Black lives, Reproduction Rights for Black and POC Women, and a civil rights activist for the LGBTQIA+ community.
Lacey-Ann Reynolds is a junior at Guilford College. She is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. Lacey-Ann is passionate about women’s and children’s rights and Black lives. She is on the Guilford step team and is an intern in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. Lacey-Ann is majoring in Public Health with a minor in Psychology.
Bryce Scott is an engineering student at Guilford Technical Community College. He is an international student who grew up in East London, South Africa. Since coming to the United States and GTCC in Fall 2019, he has been involved in many avenues of the school. He is the president of the International Students Association, with whom he has partnered with the school newspaper to have a monthly article highlighting the diversity at GTCC. He is also a student ambassador and is the Student Government Association President, 2021-2022. He has a passion for helping people succeed, this can be seen through his involvement in the community as a former disability swim lesson instructor and a current peer tutor. Bryce is proud to be in a diverse community and strives to highlight its importance.
Allyson Beatty is a December 2021 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed a degree in History with a minor in African American Studies. She served as an Ambassador of the African American African Diaspora Studies Department, was the Vice President of UNCG Women 2 Women Self Defense Club, a Research Assistant/Board Member on the “Granville Research Project”, and a chair member of the UNCG History Club. Ally is very passionate about her advocacy towards positive change in all aspects of the community. She is interested in Museum Studies with aspirations of becoming a museum curator.
2022 MLK Celebration Committee Members
- Augusto Peña, UNCG
- Manuela Sanchez, NC A&T
- Gerald Spates, NC A&T
- Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Guilford College
- Berri Cross, GTCC
- Gemma Herrera, Guilford College
- Kai Johnson, Guilford College
Thank you to:
Special thanks to Cassia Williams of NC A&T for her performance of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
Whitney Smith, Guilford College
Whitney Smith (she/her/hers) is originally from Clayton, NC. She is a 2012 and 2016 graduate of UNC-Wilmington. She serves as the Transfer Admissions Counselor at Guilford College. She loves spending time with her wonderful husband and son. Her mission in higher education is to serve students through accessibility to education. Her quote to live by is, “Into the crashing sound, into wickedness, she cried, No one, no, nor no one million ones dare deny me God, I come as one, and stand as ten thousand” -Maya Angelou
Tiffany A. Overby, M.A (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Guilford Technical Community College where she teaches English Composition, African American Literature and College Transfer Success courses. Equity is an important part of Ms. Overby’s passions so much so that she has worked on several initiatives to support diversity and inclusion at GTCC, including but not limited to co-developing and facilitating a Summer Faculty Institute on Equity and Cultural Competence in the classroom targeted at training faculty. In 2019, she received a grant to bring students from her African American Literature classes and the GTCC Black Student Union (which she advises) to Selma, Alabama to experience a reenactment of the historic Bloody Sunday Edmund Pettus Bridge Crossing during the annual Jubilee, an event that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Senator John Lewis, and so many others who have committed themselves to justice. As result of the many projects that she works on and leads across the college in 2020, she was awarded the President’s Award for Service Innovation.
Neo Black Society Gospel Choir
Shanaera Davis, Rafael Garcia, Julian Kennedy-Broddy, and Jamanda Wilfong are members of the UNCG’s Neo Black Society Executive Board and Gospel Choir.
The Neo-Black Society (NBS), established in 1968, strives to make the University community aware and appreciative of African-American culture and achievements. NBS also supports and assists the Greensboro community. With African-American pride as the dominant theme, the Society serves to develop this awareness among people of all races. Participation in the group’s activities is open to all interested students and faculty. Because NBS is an umbrella organization, it is composed of six entities including the NBS Gospel Choir.
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Watch the 2021 virtual celebration recorded Wednesday, January 27, 2021