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Events Examine Two Centuries of African American Southern Experience

A new exhibit in Wilson Library, We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present, will be the occasion for a semester of related programming from the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library.

The following events are free and open to the public.

Events information: Liza Terll, UNC Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207.

  • Oct. 20, 5:45 p.m.—Opening program for the exhibit We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present. Reception and exhibit viewing at 5 p.m. Wilson Library. Music, dance, and spoken word performances featuring Ebony Readers/Onyx Theater and other UNC student groups. (Exhibit on view Oct. 8, 2009 – Feb. 5, 2010.)
  • Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m.—Black and Blue Tour of the UNC campus. Tim McMillan, professor in African and Afro-American studies at UNC, will lead a walking tour of historical landmarks on the campus. McMillan will discuss UNC’s racial history and the people and events that these landmarks commemorate. Meet at the Unsung Founders Memorial on UNC’s McCorkle Place. Read more information.
  • Nov. 2, 5:45 p.m.— “Liberalism, Black Power, and the Making of American Politics, 1965-1980.” Devin Fergus, assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University, will discuss his book of the same name. Fergus was a 2007 Fellow of the Southern Historical Collection and his book draws upon research conducted at UNC. Reception at 5 p.m. Wilson Library. Read more information.
  • Nov. 18, 2-3 p.m.—Gallery tour of We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present, led by Holly Smith, exhibit lead curator. Wilson Library. Read more information.
  • Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.—The First 100 screening and panel discussion. A rare screening of the film The First 100, a 30-minute documentary produced in 1964 to promote the anti-poverty work of the North Carolina Fund. Also shown will be excerpts from the 2007 documentary Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund. A panel discussion will follow featuring Billy Barnes, photographer for the North Carolina Fund; Rebecca Cerese, director and producer of Change Comes Knocking; and Jim Leloudis, associate professor of history at UNC. Student Union Theater, Carolina Union. Read more information.

These events are part of the Documenting the African American Southern Experience Initiative. For more information about the initiative, contact Holly Smith, Overholser Archival Fellow for African American Studies, or Biff Hollingsworth, collecting and public programming archivist. Both are in the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, (919) 962-1345.

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3 Responses to “Events Examine Two Centuries of African American Southern Experience”

  1. good morning.i would like to know will you have these events available on dvd after you have completed your conference ? i would like to purchase copies when they become available ? have you done research on slaves in halifax ? the slaveowner of my family was thomas heath in halifax and i am seeking information on how he obtained his slaves etc. ? as well as information on david patterson in mecklinburg and his slaves etc.? thank 338-compton,ca.90223

    Posted by MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH | October 14, 2009, 1:13 pm
  2. Hello from the UNC Library. We expect to have videos of most of the events available online — no purchase necessary. Most should be available within a few days of each event on the Southern Historical Collection YouTube channel:

    I’ve referred your research question to the Southern Historical Collection. If you would like to contact them directly, here is the information:, (919) 962-1345.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Posted by Library Staff | October 19, 2009, 11:19 am


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