— Other than the first appearance of the Miscellany link dump, what are the 10 “most significant events in North Carolina history”?
— What, you thought Wilbur and Orville flew to Kitty Hawk?
— John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Max Roach and Billy Taylor born here, Dizzy Gillespie educated here, Billy Strayhorn inspired here — but all had to leave to shine.
– At last, a school named for McNair — might Murrow be next?
“At the time I was making a reputation… I couldn’t go South….
“Greenville was a nice little country town… It became a university place later, but it was not a place I could take my family. That’s a terrible thing to live with… and I guess John [Coltrane] and [Thelonious] Monk experienced some of the same things. We knew about people being lynched….”
— The late Billy Taylor, recalling the North Carolina he and his fellow jazz giants left behind.
Quote from “John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom, Spirituality and the Music,” edited by Leonard Brown (2010).