N.C. Central University has concluded its year-long series of centennial observances and now looks to the future.
The centennial ended Thursday on a scorching afternoon of pageantry along Fayetteville Street, which was shut down for a couple hours so alums could celebrate.
The party drew hundreds on an obscenely hot day. They ate cake, listened to the usual complimentary plaudits from Gov. Beverly Perdue and other dignitaries, and cheered the dedications of a new garden and some other notable historic sites.
But the centennial has been about a lot more than just pageantry. Under the leadership of Chancellor Charlie Nelms, the university presented on a year of substantive academic events tied to the centennial.