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African Americans and Popular Culture To Be Topic of Lecture, Nov. 1

Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library
5 p.m. Reception | Main Lobby
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

The history of African Americans in American popular culture will be the topic of a talk Nov. 1 by UNC history professor W. Fitzhugh “Fitz” Brundage. The lecture, in the Wilson Special Collections Library, is free and open to the public.

Brundage is editor of the new UNC Press book Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930. The collection of essays from sixteen scholars in various disciplines addresses the complex roles of black performers, entrepreneurs, and consumers in American mass culture during the early twentieth century.

Brundage is William Umstead Distinguished Professor of history. His 2005 book The Southern Past : A Clash of Race and Memory, received the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Award for a distinguished book in southern history. He is also the author of A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901 (1996) and Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930  (1993).

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Stone Center Library for Black Culture & History, which gathers works on the African Diaspora and the culture and history of the African American experience.

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