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Joseph Charles Price was born on this date in 1854. He was a Black scholar and minister.

From Elizabeth City, NC, he graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania as valedictorian of the Class of 1879, and completed the three-year theological course in two years. Bishop James Walker Hood named Price to the A.M.E. Zion Church’s delegation to the 1881 Ecumenical Methodist Conference, which met in the City Road Chapel, London. Price was persuaded to remain in England and speak on behalf of the fledgling school the denomination through the General Conference.

While in England he raised $10,000 for the Livingstone College and returned in 1882 to embark upon the task of establishing and securing that Historic Black College. Price was the founder and first President of the Livingstone College. A brilliant scholar, great gospel preacher, orator, and advocate for the common man, he sought to educate the whole person; their hands, head and heart. During his ten years as President of the Livingstone, Price attracted students, friends, and funds through the sheer power of his personality and Christian compassion.

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school