NCCU community gathers to honor Saunders-White

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina Central University community remembered the late Chancellor Debra Saunders-White on Friday.

The university’s first female chancellor died in November after a battle with cancer.

Friday the university community marked a celebration of life tribute. There were songs and moments of reflection.

Hundreds joined in honoring her inside the university’s arena.

“Obviously it’s a sad situation, but everybody has a lot of respect for her obviously, so it’s good to see so many people out here,” said Harmony Cross, an alumna who had Saunders-White as a mentor.

A number of notable Durham leaders were in attendance, including Michael D. Page, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners.

To continue Saunders-White’s legacy, the family has set up a scholarship foundation to help students at NCCU.

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