Legends and Luminaries Shine During Black History Month

Leah Young receives Black History Month "Luminary" Award

During a packed celebration of Black History Month organized largely by a committee of students as well as numerous campus partners, NC State sought nominees from the campus to honor as “Legends” and “Luminaries.”

This year’s theme, “Illuminating Black Excellence,” appropriately included students, faculty and staff nominated for their commitment to supporting and empowering students and causes that uplift the Black community. All of the nominees and the two recipients were recognized at Women’s and Men’s basketball games on Feb. 13 and Feb. 22, 2020.

The committee defines a “Legend” as someone who has provided dedicated service for a sustained period of time, and a “Luminary” as someone who has gone above and beyond for a shorter time but in a significant way.

We congratulate all of this year’s nominees.

Legends – Nominees

  • Cassandra Tucker-Daniels
  • Melissa Green
  • Gayle Lanier
  • Toni Thorpe (recipient)

Luminaries – Nominees

  • Kamal Bell
  • Robyn Bess
  • Tremaine Brittian
  • Shawn Fredericks
  • Destini Morton
  • Courtney Simpson
  • Leah Young (recipient)

With just one week left to celebrate, we invite you to join us for the remaining Black History Month events. See the calendar of events at go.ncsu.edu/bhm.

Photo, top: Leah Young was recognized as an NC State “Luminary.” Photo courtesy of NC State Athletics.