Shaw Days Continue Century-Long Tradition
March 31, 2011 - Throughout the year, Baptist Churches around North Carolina - and sometimes as far afield as New York - hold annual Shaw Days to benefit Shaw University.
The tradition started in 1897 when Shaw's second president, Dr. Charles Francis Meserve, addressed the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. He suggested that a Shaw Day be held in each church one Sunday per year.
One hundred and fourteen years later, the tradition still continues as churches celebrate Shaw and various aspects of campus life. Traditionally, the offering on Shaw Day is donated to Shaw.
On March 27, First Cosmopolitan Baptist Church in Raleigh held their annual Shaw Day, honoring the Shaw University Platinum Sound Band. In addition to the band director, Charles Brown, and members and alumni of the band, Shaw administrators, members of Shaw's athletic teams, Miss Shaw, and the SGA President were all in attendance.
On Sunday, April 10, Durham's White Rock Baptist Church will hold its Shaw Day, honoring Shaw's CIAA Champion football and men's and women's basketball teams. Members of those teams, as well as University and athletic administrators, will be in attendance.