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Livingstone College

Livingstone College Seal
Motto A Call To Commitment. Taking Livingstone College to the next level
Established 1879
Type Private, HBCU
Religious affiliation African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
President Dr. Jimmy Jenkins
Faculty 80
Undergraduates 1,100
Location Salisbury, North Carolina,
United States
Campus Small town 272 acres (1.10 km2)
Former names Zion Wesley Institute
Sports basketball
track and field
Colors Columbia blue and Black
Nickname Blue Bears
Athletics NCAA Division II
Affiliations Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Livingstone College is a private, historically black, four-year college in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Livingstone College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees.



Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary were originally founded as Zion Wesley Institute by a group of A.M.E. Zion ministers for the purpose of training ministers in the Cabarrus County town of Concord, North Carolina in 1879. After three brief sessions, directed by principals Bishop C.R. Harris and Professor A.S. Richardson, the Institute ultimately closed in Concord. In 1881, Dr. Joseph Charles Price, Lincoln University, PA class of 1879, and Bishop J.W. Hood changed their roles as delegates to the Ecumenical Conference and became fund-raisers with the mission to re-establish Zion Wesley Institute. The Rowan County town of Salisbury, just 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Concord, gave the Trustees a generous donation of $1,000 and an invitation to relocate the school to Salisbury. They accepted both gifts, and the college re-opened in Salisbury in 1882 with Dr. Price as President. The new site was J.M. Gray’s farm called Delta Grove, which consisted of one building and 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land. In 1887, by an act of the legislature, the name Zion Wesley Institute was changed to Livingstone College in honor of David Livingstone, the great Christian missionary, philanthropist, and explorer. Since its inception, the College has had two principals and seventeen presidents, including six interim presidents. Among its possessions, the institution owns 272 acres (1.10 km2) of land and the physical plant that currently consists of twenty-one brick buildings, seven of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Student activities

The College offers a number of opportunities for students to participate in religious, social, cultural, recreational, and athletic activities.

Additionally, outstanding artists and lecturers are brought to campus to perform each year. Included in the Division of Student Services are Residence Life, Health Services, Student Activities/Smith Anderson Clark Student Center, Campus Ministry, and the Counseling Center.



Livingstone is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Its intercollegiate sports programs include basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track and field. The nickname for the school's teams is the Blue Bears.

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