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               Lafayette Society Establishes an Endowment at FSU




                     by Hank Parfitt,
                   (910) 678-8899
                     President
                 Lafayette Society
              For more than 150 years,
         Fayetteville State University (FSU)
         has provided a quality education
         for the citizens of this city, state and
         nation as the second-oldest public
         institution in the prestigious Univer-
         sity of North Carolina System. The
         Lafayette Society of Fayetteville is
         honored  to  establish  “The
         LaFayette  Society  Endowed
         Scholarship” to help FSU continue
         its legacy of learning, teaching, and
         scholarship.


              The Lafayette Society was
         founded in 1981 with an educa-
         tional goal of promoting a better
         understanding of Lafayette’s im-
         portance in American history and
         his advocacy for Emancipation and
         equality for all human kind. As part
         of it civic mission, the Lafayette
         Society also supports activities
         within our community that encour-
         age leadership, patriotism, and
         generosity - traits exemplified by
         Lafayette throughout his life.       Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin presents the FSU Black History Scholars with copies of historian Stanley Idzerda’s France and the American War for Independence  at the
                                         Lafayette Society’s annual meeting and luncheon social on March 1. The late Dr. Idzerda was Editor-in-Chief of the Lafayette Papers Project at Cornell University, taught at Michigan
                                         State University, served as Dean at Wesleyan University, and as President of the Catholic College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. (Photo by Linda McAlister, Lafayette Society)
              Lafayette left France to fight
         for our country’s freedom in the all mankind and he vigorously opposed slavery and oppression in all its forms. In that spirit, the Lafayette Society has established the Lafayette Fund for the Study
         American Revolution at the age of of the Age of Revolutions, Emancipation, and Civil Rights at FSU. The purpose of this fund is to encourage scholarly study of the history of the Americas from
         only nineteen and served as a the 1790s to the present with an emphasis on the Black experience.
         Major General under George
         Washington.  Because of his influ-   The Lafayette Society has already funded a lending library for students and sponsored guest speakers on campus about Lafayette and his support of human
         ence with King Louis XVI, he was rights and another about the Haitian Revolution. We also decided to start an endowment to assure the sustainability of our support of FSU students. Proceeds from
         able to persuade the powerful na- the endowment will go toward educational programming and grants in partnership with the Black History Scholars Association.
         tion of France to join us as an ally.
         Lafayette’s leadership was key to    The endowment must reach $25,000 before it can be tapped and it must be fully funded within five years. To reach that goal, the Lafayette Society itself is
         our  victory  at  the  Battle  of donating $2000 a year and is leading a fundraising campaign. We are over halfway to that goal in less than two years thanks to the generosity of others. Jimmy Harvey,
         Yorktown in 1781, which decided radio host at WIDU and a donor himself, has graciously given us airtime on the radio to talk about Lafayette, his support of human rights, and the goals of the Lafayette
         the outcome of the war in our fa- Society.
         vor.                                  We hope readers will visit www.lafayettesociety.org for more information and click on the “outreach” button for a direct link to FSU to donate, then scroll

              After he returned to France, down the alphabetical listing to “LaFayette Society Endowed Scholarship.”  You may also send a check, written to the endowment, to FSU Advancement Services,
         Lafayette fought for equal rights for 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville NC 28301.










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                                                                                                           nd
                                                                                                         - 2  Lt. Dwayne “Duke” Bostic, ’19








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