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Film and Discussion Dec. 1 Will Recall 1960s Anti-Poverty Work


The First 100 Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Program
Carolina Union Theater
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,, (919) 962-4207

The Southern Historical Collection presents 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.

A panel discussion will follow featuring:

  • Billy Barnes, public relations director and photographer for the North Carolina Fund, 1964-69;
  • Rebecca Cerese, director and producer of the 2007 documentary Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund;
  • Katherine Shelburne, a 1964 Fund volunteer from Durham, N.C.;
  • James Leloudis (moderator), associate professor of history at UNC, director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, and co-author of the forthcoming book To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America (UNC Press, May 2010).

The North Carolina Fund was an independent, non-profit, charitable corporation that sought and dispensed funds to fight poverty in the state between 1963 and 1968. The North Carolina Fund records are part of the Southern Historical Collection at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library.

The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit We Shall Not Be Moved: African Americans in the South, 18th Century to the Present, on view in the Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room of Wilson Library through Feb. 5, 2010.

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