Events, Southern Historical Collection, Special Collections

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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