‘Holy Cross remembers turbulent days of racial progress’

Telegram & Gazette
February 19th, 2013 by 


From left, Ted Wells, Arthur Martin and Eddie Jenkins at the Black Student Union's 45th anniversary event at the College of the Holy Cross. Photo by: Telegram & Gazette

The Telegram & Gazette recently covered the College of the Holy Cross’ 45th anniversary of the school’s Black Student Union (BSU) event, which was held on Monday, February 18. At the event, three prominent Holy Cross alumni—Arthur Martin, founder of the College’s BSU, Ted Wells, a nationally renowned defense attorney and Eddie Jenkins, lawyer and former Miami Dolphins football player—returned to speak of their experiences at a time where racial tensions around the country were high.

The stories of these alumni, as well as the stories of their peers, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edward P. Jones, were recounted in Diane Brady’s powerful book, “Fraternity.” The book explains how former Holy Cross president, Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., recruited and mentored 20 African-American Holy Cross students during the socially tense civil rights movement.

Reflecting on his relationship to Brooks, Jenkins said that the president was his “spiritual father.” Wells, echoing this sentiment, said, “When I was 19, I sat in this room, like a lot of you, and I had no idea, no idea, that I had the ability to one day become one of the top lawyers in the country or even go to law school.”

Jenkins, speaking to a large audience in the campus’ Hogan Ballroom, repeated Rev. Brooks’ ideological reasoning for taking the social risk of desegregating the College, saying, “[I]n order to build [a] bridge you [have] to get in the turbulent waters. You can’t build it from your side. You can’t build it from your comfort zone. You got to build it from the other side of the river.”

This ‘Holy Cross in the News’ item by David Cotrone ’13.

| More
Tags
Categories
In The News

Comments are closed.

12/02/16 Video: Holy Cross Community Recognizes Importance of Diversity During Unity Week
12/02/16 Holy Cross Election Experts Provide Insight Post-Election
11/30/16 Video: Holy Cross Students are ‘More Engaged’
11/28/16 Holy Cross Alumni Dedicate a Year of Service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps
See All
See All
Featured Videos

See video
Video: Holy Cross Students are ‘More Engaged’

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Take a Look at Campus Life After the Sun Sets

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Class of 2020 Receives A Holy Cross Welcome on Move-In Day

Watch Video >
See video
VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Talks Holy Cross in Web Exclusive

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Total Giving to Holy Cross Breaks Record With $46.7 Million Raised

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Spring Blooms on Holy Cross Campus

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Class of 2016 Shares What’s Next

Watch Video >
See video
‘Major in Anything…Succeed in Business’

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Obama Advisor Broderick Johnson ’78 Speaks on ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ Other White House Initiatives

Watch Video >
See video
Crusaders Win Patriot League Championship

Watch Video >
More
What's Happening on Campus

Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan
12/3/2016

See More >

Hogan After Dark: Zumba Night
12/3/2016

See More >

Dance Lessons
12/4/2016
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center 401
See More >

Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan
12/5/2016
O'Kane Hall Cantor Art Gallery
"Pua kumbu" are magnificent, intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton ikat textiles once woven as religious... See More >

More Holy Cross in the News

12/02/16

Video: Holy Cross Community Recognizes Importance of Diversity During Unity Week

Worcester News Tonight

On “Worcester News Tonight,” broadcasted on Charter Channel 3, several student leaders at the College of the Holy Cross provided insight on the importance of the...

11/28/16

Lt. John Vincent Power ’37 Memorial Statue Rededicated and Restored

Telegram & Gazette

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the city of Worcester rededicated and restored the John Vincent Power Memorial—a bronze statue in honor of the late Lt. John Vincent Power—to...

11/23/16

Holy Cross Alumnus Receives Worcester’s Isaiah Thomas Award

Telegram & Gazette

Frederick Eppinger ’81 and his wife, Patty recently received the Isaiah Thomas Award during an awards ceremony at Mechanics Hall for their “transformative impact on...