African American Society – The Citadel Today Wed, 10 Mar 2021 21:19:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 African American Society – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 Members of The Citadel African American Society are presented club patches Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:57:21 +0000 A new generation of cadets are officially patch-holding members of The Citadel's African American Society.]]>

A new generation of cadets has officially earned The Citadel African American Society membership patches. The cadets received their patches — fittingly — in February, Black History Month, in the lobby of Daniel Library.

As far as records show, this is the first time cadets in the African American Society have been able to earn club patches.

Cadets who have paid their membership dues, and attended a certain number of meetings, are eligible for their club patch. For cadets who had paid their dues, the first round of patches were free, paid for by The Citadel African American Alumni Association.

The African American Society was founded in 1971. In the 1972 yearbook where, the organization made its debut, the caption underneath says it was founded for “the purpose of providing members with a spectrum of Black History, fine arts, and American life style. Members are involved with social work, which gives them knowledge and insight about problems facing Black people today.”

Cadets from The Citadel African American Society pose with their patches in Daniel Library

Before the pandemic curtailed their volunteering opportunities, cadets with the African American Society would travel to local public schools — such as Charleston Development Academy and Burke High School — to help students with their homework, or sometimes to just speak with — and encourage — them.

“The Society has been very instrumental in my cadet career. We talk about our history in our institution, as well as our history outside of it,” said Cadet Ruby Bolden, Regimental Affairs Public Officer for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. “I have a sense of pride when I say that I am a part of a society that represents all of me! The bonds we make in our Society come from our experiences — both good and bad — and our triumphs as a people.”

The Society was the concept of Joseph Shine, ’71, and Larry Ferguson, ’73.

Women’s History Month: Meet Cadet Ruby Bolden, Regimental Public Affairs NCO Wed, 25 Mar 2020 17:58:26 +0000 Bolden will rise to the position of Regimental Public Affairs Officer for the 2020-21 academic year.]]>

Cadet Ruby Bolden serves as the Regimental Public Affairs non-commissioned officer who assists with VIP campus tours, media relations and communications at The Citadel. Bolden will rise to the position of Regimental Public Affairs Officer for the 2020-21 academic year.

Bolden is an Exercise Science major from Grovetown, Georgia. She is a three year Army contract cadet who anticipates graduating in May 2021 and accepting a commission into the Army.

Q. Why did you select The Citadel?

A. It began when my mom’s boss gave me a brochure about this institution. I saw the uniforms and thought that it would be a great experience for me. From there, I watched videos online and the more I watched, the more I wanted to attend. 

Q. What do you love most about attending The Citadel?

A. The fact that our college has something for everyone. If you don’t have a niche when you come here, you will definitely find one before you leave.

Breana Broad and Ruby Bolden giving a tour of campus to Vietnam veterans
Regimental Public Affairs NCO Ruby Bolden (right), with Regimental Public Affairs Officer Breana Broad giving a tour of campus to Vietnam veterans

Q. What is your major and what led you to select that area of study?

A. Health and Exercise Science. My future plans are to go to dental school and become a general dentist, so I thought, why not this major? It seemed like a good path.

Q. What is your long-range career goal?

A. My top career goal is to attend The Dental College of Georgia and become an Army dentist. 

Q. What is your top recommendation for young people considering your major?

A. Get to know your professors! They may have to write you a letter of recommendation some day. Give them something to say about you (that’s positive of course).

Ruby Bolden in National Civil Rights Museum
Cadet Ruby Bolden visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis with cadets from The Citadel Gospel Choir

Q. What are you most involved in on campus?

A. The Citadel Gospel Choir and The African American Society. The choir is like a big family and we travel together.

Ruby Bolden outside Lorraine Motel
Ruby Bolden

Q. What is it like being a woman in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets?

A. I would say it is extremely challenging but doable. Men are physically and mentally different so, trying to adjust to your environment is the most challenging thing. I just remember that there were women before me that had it much worse, therefore I can do the same thing they did…make it through and succeed with my friends. 

Q. What is your #1 recommendation for young women considering The Citadel?

A. Know who you are and be confident in who you are. You’ve got this.

Q. What woman inspires you the most at this point in your life?

A. Pastor Sarah Jakes-Roberts inspires me the most. She has a phenomenal testimony about what she has been through and how she became who she is today. She had a powerful life transformation. She pastors the Potter’s House in Denver and in Los Angeles and has videos of her sermons on YouTube.

Charles, Dortheria and Ruby Bolden