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Lane College Griots

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2007.

Lane College Listener

Lane College student Travon Whitemore listening closely to his partner.

StoryCorps Griot ended last week with a two day trip to Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Lane College is a small, private institution that is proudly one of many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the South. HBCUs are defined as colleges or universities established before 1964 with the intention of serving African-Americans. These institutions are a source of great pride. Over the years they have made extraordinary untold contributions to American culture and society.

Lane College was founded in 1882 by a former slave, Bishop Issac Lane of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (CME). CME was established a decade earlier by newly freed African-Americans determined to create their own independent religious organization. The college is a charter member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and is one of very few educational institutions in the country to have been founded by blacks and to continue to be led by African Americans. The Power of Potential is one of the schools guiding principals and that ideal was embodied by everyone we met and the participants who joined in a recording.

Grandmother and grandaugther

Tajuana Cheshier poses with her grandmother Annie R. March-Rogers-Humphrey-Patterson. Mrs. Annie kept the names of each of her three former husbands.

Donnell and Donnell

Richard Donnell, Jr. recorded a StoryCorps conversation with his father Richard Donnell, Sr.

Lane College Participants

Participant Jacqueline Wallin (L) chats with her neighbor Jimmy Robinson (R) after their interview

mr. premo and mr. Donnell

StoryCorps Griot Facilitator Michael Premo (L) and Mr. Richard Donnell, Sr. (R)

Richard Donnell, Sr. Lane College VP for Institutional Advancement helped coordinate participants from the college community. Thank you Mr. Donnell.

Bray Hall at Lane College

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