Sunday, February 15, 2009

Freedom Rider Etta Simpson Ray to Speak at Clayton State on February 19

Clayton State University’s Department of Campus Life will host “Freedom Rider,” with Etta Simpson Ray, on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in room 267 of the James M. Baker Center on the Clayton State campus.

“The 14 Freedom Riders from Tennessee State University were expelled from school for being a part of the Freedom Riders in 1961,” explains Dr. LaJuan Simpson, Clayton Sate associate Professor of English. “In 2008, those students were honored and given honorary degrees. This honor made national news.

“One of the 14 is my aunt. Many students were interested in her story, so I thought it would be beneficial to the students to bring her to Clayton State University.”

During the 1960’s the Freedom Riders consisted of whites and blacks who decided that they wanted to challenge old Jim Crow laws. The group used public transportation as their means for change and they were often met an angry and violent crowds.

“Etta Simpson Ray’s story will give the Clayton State University community a strong first-hand account of the struggle during segregation,” Simpson explains. “It will provide the community with a greater sense of the magnitude of the Civil Rights movement from a women's perspective.”

For more information, contact Simpson at LaJuanSimpson@clayton.edu or (678) 466-4558.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Clayton State Honors Student Association Holding Blood Drive February 4

Clayton State University’s Honor Student Association will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Student Activities Center on the Clayton State University Campus.

“The Honor Student Association hosts two blood drives every fall and spring semester and at least one during the summer semester,” says the Honors Student Association’s Jodi-Ann Paragon-Singh says. “We have been doing this for at least 4 years now. The blood drives were actually started when a previous honors student, who volunteered at the Red Cross, was approached and asked to help set-up drives on campus.

“It is so important to donate to these drives. Currently there is no synthetic substitute for blood. So when there is an emergency and people require blood transfusions, the only source is from blood donors. There are nearly five million people who receive transfusions every day so giving blood means saving lives!”

Criteria needed in order to give blood include, being at least 17 years old and at least an eight week interval since your last blood donation. All of the eligibility requirements can be found on the Red Cross website, www.givelife.org. Any questions concerning eligibility can be addressed on the day of the drive.

“Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation,” says Paragon-Singh. “Make a date to donate!”

For more information on the blood drive contact Paragon–Singh at jparagonsingh@student.clayton.edu.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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