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January 16, 2012— AUC students traveled to the Federal
Reserve Bank located in downtown Atlanta to participate in
the Occupy the Dream Movement to protest against economic
injustice. Morehouse Freshman, DeVante Hudson, explains
how Occupy the Dream came into fruition.
“The Occupy the Dream movement began with
two preachers Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Morehouse
alumnus Pastor Jamal Bryant. They wanted to
show Wall Street and corporate America that the
church and black community will not stand for the
economic injustice at hand,” said Hudson.
Hudson goes on to explain the reasons why Oc
cupy the Dream was created and touches on how
the movement has spread across the nation. Hud
son also touches on the economic downfall that has
plagued the nation.
“We have seen too many foreclosures, too much
poverty, too many unemployed friends and rela
tives to just stand and let it continue so therefore
the Occupy the Dream movement began. On Janu
ary 16th, 11 other cities across the country includ
ing Atlanta demonstrated in front of their Federal
Reserve Bank to protest,” added Hudson.
Freshman at Spelman, Emma Jackson, decided to
participate in Dr. King’s holiday in a different way
this year. For Jackson participating in Occupy the
Dream was not only a way to make a difference in
the community, but also gave her the opportunity
to connect with her family members.
“I participated because it was a good cause and I
didn’t want to do the traditional church service or
community service I wanted to do something my older family
members did. Protest for what is right,” said Jackson.
Tuwa Karnley, a freshman at Spelman, describes how she
The loss of the great Etta James causes the AUC to mourn
Tristin Travis Arts and Entertainment Writer
Dorothy Hawkins was only 14
when she gave birth to Jamesetta
Hawkins. Jamesetta born on Janu
ary 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, Cali
fornia knew at a young age that she
wanted to sing .At the age of five
James received her first professional
vocal lesson from James Earle
Hines. Hines was a musical direc
tor of the local church choir, in Los
Angeles. Jamesetta Hawkins known
as Etta James had a variety of musi
cal styles. Her style touched some
of every music genre like blues,
rhythm and blues, rock and roll,
soul, gospel and jazz. Starting her
career in the mid-1950s, she gained
fame with hits such s “Dance With
Me, Henry”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”,
and “I’d Rather Go Blind” Through
out her life she faced a number of
personal problems, one of the more
memorable was he battle with drug
addiction, before making a musi
cal resurface in the late 1980s with
the album The Seven Year Itch. By
the mid-1990s, James’ earlier clas
sic music was played in different
commercials “I Just Wanna Make
felt while participating in Occupy the Dream. Karnley was
proud to witness such a monumental moment in history.
“Wow! Before I had just talked about making a change within
our governmental system but now I’m standing out here actu
ally doing it! It is an indescribable feeling,” said Karnley.
Occupy the Dream in
Jasmine M. Ellis Campus Life Writer
Once the demonstration ended, Hudson was very enthusias
tic about the protest stating that he was “overcome with great
satisfaction”. Nevertheless Hudson does not believe that his
goals as well as the goals of the American people have been
“No, I do not feel like we accomplished the goals pertaining
to occupy the dream. The demonstration on Jan. 16th was not
the goal of occupy the dream,” said Hudson.
In addition, Hudson shares what the main
purpose of Occupy the Dream truly is and how it
affects not only all Americans, but also specifically
“The goal of Occupy the Dream is to seek
economic justice and show the one percent of
America (which are the wealthy) that as students,
African-Americans, citizens of the United States
that we are standing for lower taxes and less
foreclosures. And, as you can see in this current
economy that we are far from the goal as a nation,”
Hudson, Jackson and Karnley each plan on par
ticipating in more Occupy movements to insure
that change will be made within the United States
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Love to You”. Due to exposure of
the song in a particular UK com
mercial, the song reached the top
ten of the UK charts in 1996. James
continued to record for Private
Music, she released a blues album
entitled “Matriarch of the Blues
in 2000. The release of this album
had James returning to her R&B
roots with Rolling Stones hailing it
as a “solid return to roots”, further
stating that the album found the
singer “reclaiming her throne”. In
2001, James was inducted into the
Blues Hall of Fame and the Rocka
billy Hall of Fame, the latter for
her contributions to the develop
ments of both rock and roll music
and rockabilly. In 2011, James was
voted one of the 11 Best Singers on
Earth by viewers and representa
tives of the Encyclopedia of Popular
Music. In recent years, James was
seen as bridging the gap between
rhythm and blues and rock and
roll. In 2009 James was able to
make a final television appearance,
as she performed one last time on
Dancing with the stars, one of her
more famous singles “At Last”. In
November 2011, James released her
final album “The Dreamer” , which
was critically acclaimed upon its
release. James released a statement
that this would be her final album.
Early 2011, James was diagnosed
with leukemia. The illness became
terminal and on January 20,2012
just days before her 74th birthday
we lost the beautiful, talented soul
diva. Although she lived a full and
beautiful life Etta James will be
missed by all those that she has
influenced throughout her life.
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AUC AND THE FOUNDATION
Jasmine M. Ellis Campus Life Writer
Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse College also known as the AUC
are just three out of 105 historically black colleges and universities founded in Christianity.
However, the AUC is composed of various students who have different religious backgrounds
and some that do not have any spiritual beliefs at all.
It is often questioned that comfortable students who are not Christians feel about professing
their spiritual beliefs throughout the AUC. Jainabou Barry, a freshman at Spelman College and
practicing Muslim, feels comfortable about sharing her beliefs with other students in the AUC.
“I do feel comfortable professing my faith in the AUC due to peoples openness and my firm
belief in my religion,” said Barry.
While there are some AUC students that are comfortable listening to students of non-Chris
tian beliefs share their religious views not everyone is willing to express their views. Felice
Payne, a freshman at Spelman College and an agnostic has had some difficulties with other
students respecting her views on religion.
“People have tried to impose their views on me because they automatically assume that I am
an atheist,” said Payne.
Many AUC students are divided on the issue of whether or not the AUC is accepting of all
religions. Corey Reed, a sophomore at Morehouse and a Christian, believes that the AUC is ac
cepting of all religions.
“I think it is accepting, but it is clearly Christian based. I see nothing wrong with that, seeing
as though the AUC was all birthed in Christian churches and they are all private institutions,
minus Clark,” said Reed.
While some students do believe that the AUC helps them to grow in their faith not everyone
agrees. Payne does not believe that the AUC is helping her grow and express her views as an
“No, because there’s nothing around campus where I can feel that I’m welcomed to express
my views as an agnostic,” said Payne.
In todays society, religion is considered a taboo topic that has the ability to cause conflict
and division between human beings. Religious discussions can sometimes end with one or
both parties feeling offended. However, Barry believes that religious discussions are crucial to
maintaining harmony throughout the world and does not feel offended by others sharing their
religious views with her.
“No, I am heavy into the interfaith movement and the only way to have world, religious peace
is through understanding and having knowledge of another religion, therefore, that interfaith
dialogue and sharing of knowledge is essential,” said Barry.
Stereotypes are blemishes placed on the religions from a misinformed society. Reed touches
on some of the pre-conceived notions that individuals have about Christianity.
“Christianity has been known to be an inherited religion, thus many people believe that
Christians are gullible, dependent thinkers. They are criticized to have never explored their
faith for themselves,” said Reed.
Only time will tell if more religious programs will be implemented for students of all religious
backgrounds to partake in throughout the AUC.