As we celebrate Founder’s
Week 2009, we allow God’s love to transform us, living lives of
virtue, working zealously to heal hearts and to alleviate poverty,
This will reconcile individuals, families, communities, and create
peace in the world. Founder’s Week 2009 urges the St. John’s
community to become the transformers needed in the 21st
“Transformation: Values and
Major General Joseph McNeil, L.L.D.
One of the Greensboro Four, college students whose sit-in at a
"whites only" lunch counter in 1960 changed history.
Major General Joseph A. McNeil is retired from the Air Force
Reserves and the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1960 he was a
freshman at what is now North Carolina A&T State University
when he and three other freshmen staged a sit-in at a “whites only”
F.W. Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro. The intense media
coverage touched off demonstrations and sit-ins in seven states.
Within a year, 75,000 students participated, leading to the
formation of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the sit-ins a “turning point”
in civil rights history.
Join us as Major General Joseph A. McNeil reflects on the
challenges for students today in transforming our society to
respect the dignity of all human persons.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Little Theater, Carnesecca Arena,
Prepare for this event by watching the documentary "February
“The inspirations of God are gentle and peaceful, inclining us
lovingly toward the good.”
– St. Vincent de Paul