just one meeting with Mr. Beatty, I realized that he has a passion for the
community. One of his life philosophies which he reiterated often was his belief
that we need to help our fellow man. It is not surprising that he exudes this
philosophy in his own community, he has been a member of it since 1947. He has
seen many changes within the community and he himself has been very influential
in the implementation of these changes. Just as an overview these are a few of
Mr. Beatty's accomplishments:
Member of the Davidson
Community Planning Board: Mr. Beatty has always had a positive view of
the community. He has spoken out about the state of the
community so much that he was asked, by then Mayor Knox, to sit on the Planning
Board. Mr. Beatty was delighted since he was a proponent of the growth that
was engulfing Davidson. He saw positives, where others saw negatives, in
the large numbers of people coming into the area. Mr. Beatty believed that the
growth was making the community more unified and tolerant since progressively
thinking individuals were settling in the area.
Mr. Beatty owned and
operated the Rainbow Lounge. He felt that the lounge gave members of his
community a nightclub of their own. He remarked that there were no other
places for young African -Americans to go if they wanted to dance
and relax. It was Mr. Beatty's Rainbow Lounge that offered such a place.
For more information about the Rainbow Lounge, please see: His Work
Planning Board at Ada
Jenkins Center: Mr. Beatty was given the Emeritus Member
award for his involvement with this community organization. To see
what the Ada Jenkins Center does and for information on how to become involved
with the center, please visit their website by clicking on the following link:
Ada Jenkins Center.
Every few years, Mr.
Beatty is summoned by Davidson College to play an integral role in the
orientation of Davidson's newest class. One of the orientation's many programs
allows new students to participate in various service opportunities within the
Davidson Community. One such opportunity is to pick up litter and paper
products and plant flowers throughout Davidson's west side. Some students have
had the privilege of having Mr. Beatty show them around the part of town that Mr.
Beatty believes is often absent from the attention of incoming students. Mr.
Beatty remarked that he loves taking new students in his van throughout his
neighborhood. He recalled that many of the new students had never been in
primarily African-American neighborhoods before Mr. Beatty took them on their
Beatty has kept himself busy within his community. Click on the play button below
for first hand insight into Mr. Beatty's involvement within the
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The text, video, audio, and website are the result of interviews conducted by Mihir Desai,
Davidson College Class of 2004, in the Fall of 2003.
© 2003 Kristi S. Multhaup, Ph.D. | Davidson College | Davidson, NC 28035 | Phone: 704.894.2008
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