Brenau University

Brenau University

Brenau University

Mar 11, 8:25 PM

An amazing morning for the inaugural Dempsey Dash 5K, a race celebrating the memory of Brenau''s longtime Executive Vice President and CFO Wayne Dempsey. Here are just some of the amazing shots from today''s activities. Stay tuned for more photos from the event. #dempseydash #5krun #brenauuniversity

Mar 9, 1:15 PM

Spring is coming to Brenau! Share your campus photos with us too #springtime #infullbloom #collegelife #brenauuniversity

Mar 1, 10:10 PM

Sydney Romine, a freshman health science and pre nursing major from Jasper, Ga. will compete in the 60m hurdles at the NAIA Indoor National Championship. #BUgoldentigers #NAIA #trackandfield

Feb 23, 2:55 PM

In honor of Black History Month, we are presenting a series of posts to highlight African-Americans who have been influential in education. Born July 3, 1910 on Johns Island, South Carolina, Esau Jenkins was a community organizer and civil rights leader throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s. The only child of Peter Jenkins and Eva Campbell and an avid supporter of education, Jenkins himself was forced to end his formal education in the fourth grade and work to help support his family. As an adult, Jenkins saw the injustices affecting African-American children on Johns Island. To ensure their access to an education, he drove his own children and their friends to school in Charleston. In 1945 he purchased a bus for this purpose and to drive adults on the island to their jobs in the city. During the daily commutes, Jenkins taught his passengers to recite passages from the state constitution, which was a requirement to vote in South Carolina during that time. Jenkins worked with organizers Bernice Robinson and Septima Clark to establish a Citizenship School on Johns Island, designed to teach adult African-Americans to read so they could register to vote. The school was such a success that more followed on neighboring Sea Islands. The schools spread throughout the South, teaching tens of thousands of African-Americans to read and become registered voters. As Jenkins and his wifes resources grew, so did their outreach. To enable access to education for all children on the islands, Esau founded Haut Gap High School. Then in 1966, he founded the C.O. Federal Credit Union, which is one of only 23 African-American owned banks in the country. His bank gave residents access to low-interest loans to purchase homes and businesses, and even to send their children to college. #blackhistorymonth