On March 8, 2002, Joyner Library dedicated The Ronnie Barnes African-American Resource Collection honoring Ronnie Barnes.
Mr. Barnes, a North Carolina native, is a 1975 ECU graduate and is currently the Senior Vice President of Medical Services/Head Athletic Trainer for the New York Giants football team. Mr. Barnes states, “Being born, raised, and educated in North Carolina, I am a part of that experience. I am pleased to play a small part in developing an African-American Resource Center and literary collection that will serve as a reference and information center. It is fitting the University library would encompass an area dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of African-Americans.”
The collection is located on the second floor of Joyner Library in the Teaching Resources Center and consist of materials, mainly books, about and/or written by African-Americans. The collection consists of award winning juvenile books such as the Coretta Scott King Award books, biographies of African-Americans, and outstanding, scholarly books written by and about African Americans. These materials are available for checkout by faculty, staff, students, educators and area residents to learn about the African-American experience.