From 1991 to 1993, students, staff and public figures fought for a free-standing Black cultural center at UNC.
In 2001, Joseph Jordan became director of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
In 2004, the free-standing building went into operation.
Jordan will be stepping down as director of the Stone Center, but will continue to be vice provost for academic and community engagement at the University.
Jordan’s peers, family, friends and former students gathered Thursday to appreciate his 21 years of dedication as director of the Center.
The event was a warm and lively celebration of Jordan’s time as director. Speakers ranged from former colleagues to current students – all expressing their gratitude for the role that Jordan played in their lives as director.
Jordan’s role as director involved community outreach and the planning of Stone Center events such as meetings, discussions and exhibitions.
During the event, each speaker highlighted a different aspect of Jordan’s character and his work as director.
“We live our days on the basis of the options which we take. How a person deals with his or her available options is determined in large part by what it is he or she seeks to become or do in life,” Professor Emeritus Genna Rae McNeil said, quoting theologian and scholar Howard Thurman. “Joseph Jordan made a choice more than five decades ago to take a principled stand with his life for justice, truth-telling and excellence.”