North Carolina’s public university board is thinking about eliminating an anti-poverty center headed up by an outspoken critic of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican lawmakers he accuses of doing too little to help the poor.
The first class of the new four-year medical school at East Carolina University enrolled in 1977, and the mission of the school had been clearly stated by lawmakers who approved it: Boost the number of family physicians in the state, improve the health of people in the Eastern North Carolina and provide access to a medical education for minorities and other students who might have found that prohibitive.
As educational namesakes, Charles Brantley Aycock (1859-1912) and Charles Montgomery Eppes (1857-1942) remain neighbors: Aycock Dorm on College Hill shares a common border with C.M. Eppes Middle School. Despite one-dimensional characterizations of Aycock as a white supremacist, Aycock also had an admirer in Professor Eppes, principal of Greenville’s African-American schools from 1903-1942, and an adjunct instructor at A&T.