Hey y’all!

My name is Keilah Davis, and I’m honored to serve as the next editor-in-chief of Nubian Message. First, I must thank our founder Tony Williamson. None of this would be possible without his vision and leadership 25 years ago.

Secondly, Nubian Message has some cool changes coming to you next year. I would tell you now, but then it wouldn’t be a surprise. You’ll just have to keep reading and following us on social media @NubianMessage (hint, hint).

Much of this issue is about transitioning from NC State to whatever is next. Anahzsa says goodbye to Nubian Message, Dr. Tracey Ray is leaving NC State, students of color talk about code switching and senior leaders reflect on the marks they’ve made on NC State’s campus. I hope you enjoy these stories and get a kick out of the latest edition of The Ebony Belltower.

Lastly, I’m going to commit to including a proverb in each of my letters. These proverbs have come to mean a lot to me in my time here at NC State, so I want to share them with our readers. If you hang around the African American Cultural Center or Dr. Jamila Simpson’s office, then they will probably be familiar to you. If not, then I hope you find these proverbs encouraging and uplifting.

“I am because we are; we are therefore I am.”