Black Narrative – Jacqueline Pender-Jones

Telling untold stories for the Black Narrative.

Alexis Wray and Cierra Ivey, Editor-in-Chief and Multimedia Editor

Another untold narrative is an article from the A&T Register in 1979, by a former managing editor, entitled “Ten Years Later…” by Jacqueline Pender-Jones.

The opinion column at the time addressed an article written by the News & Record (in 1979 referred to as the Greensboro Daily Record) entitled “A&T Riots Violence Not New to Leader of Rally.”

The News & Record’s article compared the 1969 Greensboro Uprising at N.C. A&T, “the most massive armed assault ever made against an American University,” to the 1979 Greensboro Massacre.

The local coverage correlated two separate violent incidents with predominantly black residential areas and N.C. A&T and its students, in particular, protest leader Nelson Johnson.

“10 Years Later” posited that the comparisons of the two incidents were inappropriate as they led readers to the assumption that N.C. A&T and black communities caused the 1969 incident and the 1979 massacre.

Perpetuating stereotypes that the black communities of Greensboro were full of radical rioters in dangerous spaces where violence and death resided.

“It has been 30 years since I wrote that article,” Pender-Jones said.

“I find it interesting that as a student in 1979 that I wrote something on this topic and that it has turned out to be so prevalent and relevant to this day.”