45 Years Ago
As noted three weeks ago, school newspapers are the preferred source for our stories. This week diverts from that practice, and takes the further step of reproducing an article about a planned event rather than one which had already taken place. As later accounts only confirm the success of the conference detailed below, and as the following article provides the best description of the event, the editor takes this irregular approach.
Newsclipping from the Greenfield Recorder, Nov. 19, 1968
Northfield Mount Hermon School Archives,
Clubs and Societies Collection - Afro-American Society [folder]
Afro-American Group Talks in Northfield
NORTHFIELD — “I was once a Negro. I was born again; now I am black,” will be the theme of the Afro-American Societies on the Northfield campus Saturday.
Guest speakers will include the Rev. Virgil Wood, director of the Blue Hills Christian Center in Roxbury; Mrs. Jetta Jones of Chicago, lawyer, Northfield School alumna and trustee; the Rev. Eugene Callender, founder of Harlem Preparatory School and deputy administrator of housing and development in New York City; William McCurine, Dartmouth student and director of “A Better Chance” program; and Miss Linda McLean, associate director of ABC, Boston.
More than 150 delegates from nine independent secondary schools are expected to register in Stone Hall at 11 a.m. Saturday. Lunch will be served at Marquand before speeches begin at 1 p.m. in Stone Hall.
Greetings from the Northfield and Mount Hermon Afro-American Societies will be given by Emelda Peters, a senior from Bogalusa, La., chairman of the Northfield group. Vice-chairman Geraldine Woods of Cleveland O., and Mount Hermon’s chairman Tony Garcia of Wilmington, Del., and vice-chairman Cornell Hills of Chicago, will introduce the guests.
Panel discussions in ten groups will be at Sanda Countway Hall. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and a dance limited to delegates will follow at 8 p.m. in the Skinner Gymnasium.
All students at Northfield and Mount Hermon School are invited to the conference.