Livingstone College Seal
|Zion Wesley Institute|
|Motto||A Call To Commitment. Taking Livingstone College to the next level|
|Affiliation||African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church|
|President||Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr.|
|Vice-president||William Jose Vanegas|
|Campus||Small town 272 acres (1.10 km2)|
|Colors||Columbia blue and Black|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II|
|Affiliations||Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
track and field
Livingstone College Historic District
Livingstone College, September 2012
|Location||W. Monroe St., Salisbury, North Carolina|
|Area||23 acres (9.3 ha)|
|Architectural style||Victorian Eclectic|
|NRHP reference #||82003509|
|Added to NRHP||May 27, 1982|
Livingstone College is a private, historically black Christian college in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Livingstone College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.
Livingstone College along with Hood Theological Seminary began as Zion Wesley Institute in Concord, North Carolina in 1879. After fundraising by Dr. Joseph C. Price and Bishop J. W. Hood, the school was closed in Concord and re-opened in 1882 a few miles north in Salisbury.
Zion Wesley Institute was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. The institute changed its name to Livingstone College in 1887 to honor African missionary David Livingstone. That same year, the school granted its first degree. The first group of students to graduate included eight men and two women, the first black women to earn bachelor's degrees in North Carolina.
Livingstone College Historic District
The Livingstone College Historic District is a national historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The district encompasses 16 contributing buildings, 1 contributing structure, and 1 contributing object on the Livingstone College campus and adjacent residential sections in Salisbury. Notable buildings include the Price house (1884), Harris house (1889), Aggrey house (1912), Ballard Hall (1887), Dodge Hall (1886), Carnegie Library (1908), Goler Hall (1917), Hood Building (1910), and Price Memorial Building (1930-1943).
The College offers a number of opportunities for students to participate in religious, social, cultural, recreational, and athletic activities.
Additionally, outstanding artists and lecturers are brought to campus to perform each year. Included in the Division of Student Services are Residence Life, Health Services, Student Activities/Smith Anderson Clark Student Center, Campus Ministry, and the Counseling Center.
On the campus is an athletic marker erected in 1956 to commemorate the first African-American intercollegiate football game, in 1892.
Livingstone is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Its intercollegiate sports programs include basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf, and track and field. The nickname for the school's teams is the Blue Bears.
The Livingstone College football team has had a long history since playing in the first Black college football game in 1892 against Johnson C. Smith University (then called Biddle University). The rivalry between the two schools continues to this day as the Commemorative Classic. The Blue Bears also maintain a rivalry with their cross town rival Catawba College Indians. The early October game between the two schools is called the Mayors' Cup.
|Rufus Early Clement||Professor and dean||was the sixth and longest-serving president of historically black Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.|||
|George James||Professor||was a South American historian and author, best known for his 1954 book Stolen Legacy, in which he argued that Greek philosophy originated in ancient Egypt.|
|Natrone Means||Football coach||Former professional American Football running back who played for the San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Carolina Panthers of the NFL from 1993 to 2000.|||
|Carolyn R. Payton||Professor||Director of the Peace Corps during the Carter Administration|||
|Norries Wilson||Football coach||he served as the first African-American head football coach in the Ivy League, with the Columbia University football team.[when?]|||
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