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Dr. Johnnetta Cole returns to Greensboro


Dr. Johnnetta Cole delivers a pep talk to several members of Delta Theta Sigma Sorority, Inc. attending a book signing at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker.

Former Bennett College President Dr. Johnnetta Cole returned to Greensboro to speak about her life fighting injustice, sharing reminisces from her childhood in the South, a pathfinding educator and resolute civic leader.

At two events, Cole, also former president of Spelman College, emphasized the need for “courageous conversation,” a theme in her book “Racism in American Public Life: A Call to Action.”

In Greensboro for Black History Month, as part of the 2023 Speaker Series of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Cole met with civic leaders during a book signing. She toured the Museum, which included an emotional interlude at the historic lunch counter, Later in the day, Cole spoke at Bennett College.