Monthly Archives: November 2010

TOMORROW: “Tell About the South”, talk by UNC Park Fellow Lorraine Ahearn

For interested faculty and graduate students, UNC’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication is hosting an interesting talk taking place TOMORROW at NOON dealing with little-known details about NC’s Civil Rights history.


“Tell About the South” with Lorraine Ahearn, doctoral Park Fellow at the UNC School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Wednesday, December 01 2010
Open to graduate students & faculty.  Lunch will be served.  Seating is limited so please RSVP ASAP to 962-5665 or

“In 1937, students from Bennett College for Women organized a boycott of white movie theaters in Greensboro, N.C., over Jim Crow-era censorship. Local theater owners were cutting movie scenes in which black actors played “non-traditional” roles that crossed the color line of segregation. What ensued was a media conflict on two fronts. First, white theater owners censored what they believed violated local custom, while African-American students organized the community to apply economic pressure for change.  On the second front, black newspapers including the Chicago Defender offered a narrative that clashed with the version the city’s white-owned newspaper told about the theater owners’ action. Ahearn’s research looks at the role of mass media imagery in early civil rights history, and how the two newspapers framed this incident in history.”

The full event announcement is available here.

FREE: Preserving Family Photographs Workshop – Saturday, Dec. 4

This Saturday morning, Wilson Library will be hosting a hands-on workshop on preserving old photographs: “Join Stephen Fletcher, North Carolina Collection photographic archivist, and Biff Hollingsworth, collecting and public programming archivist in the Southern Historical Collection, to learn basic techniques to organize, identify, and preserve your family photographs.”

This event is free, but registration is required because space is limitedTo register: email Biff Hollingsworth (


Preserving Your Family Photographs
A hands-on workshop presented by the Wilson Special Collections Library
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
9:30 a.m. Coffee
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Workshop
Free and open to the public, but registration required
To register: Contact Biff Hollingsworth, Southern Historical Collection, (919) 962-1345,

For more details, see the event description posted on the Wilson Library blog.  Hope to see you there! 🙂

Opening TODAY: “Strength from All My Roots: Textiles Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray”

If you attended the panel a couple of weeks ago on Pauli Murray‘s “wrestling with change in the Jim Crow South“, don’t forget that the Pauli Murray Project is coordinating several other events as part of their Pauli Murray Centennial Celebration.

Opening TODAY in Durham is the art exhibition “Strength from All My Roots: Textiles Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray,” with a reception from 6-9pm.  Even if you can’t make it out tonight, keep in mind the exhibit will remain throughout the end of the month.

“Strength from All My Roots: Textiles Honoring the Legacy of Pauli Murray”
Reception: November 19, 6-9 pm
Exhibit Ongoing throughout November
St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church – 403 East Main St., Durham
Sponsored by the Resource Center for Women in Ministry in the South

For further information, see:

And if you can’t make it, be sure to check out the Herald Sun’s piece about the exhibit here, which includes some pictures.

Jazz Studies Lecture TOMORROW (11/17) at Durham County Library: “HR 57, Carter G. Woodson and Music Education”

Calling all jazz enthusiasts! North Carolina Central University jazz studies instructor and trombonist Robert Trowers will present a lecture TOMORROW on House Resolution 57, American Music, and the legacy of Black History Month founder Carter G. Woodson.

“HR 57, Carter G. Woodson and Music Education”
Thursday, November 18, 2010
7:00 pm
Stanford L. Warren Library located at 1201 Fayetteville Street.
Contact: Durham County Library at 560-0270 (or visit

For further information, see the attached poster: “HR 57, Carter G. Woodson and Music Education”

TOMORROW:Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: The Stone Center‘s Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film comes to a close TOMORROW (11/16), with a viewing of “The Importance of Being Elegant” (2004) at 7:00 p.m in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room.

“This documentary follows the unusual club, La SAPE. Its Congolese members elevate fashion to religion. Despite hardship, they only wear ultra-premium labels. The film follows their leader, musician Papa Wemba, who was released on bail after allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants. Facing legal fees and a trial, he records a new album and prepares for an extravagant come-back concert in Paris.”

This film is 70 minutes long and was directed by George Amponsah and Cosima Spender.  For more information, please contact: or (919) 962-9001.

Next Tuesday (11/16) at Wilson: New Orleans R&B Performance

Calling all music lovers!  If you’re on campus next Tuesday, you’re in for a noontime treat… legendary percussionist Uganda Roberts and pianist Jojo Hermann will be offering a special performance and Q & A for students in History 571 (Southern Music) at Wilson Library.  All are welcome!


Uganda Roberts and Jojo Hermann
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Noon to 1 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Information: Steve Weiss, Southern Folklife Collection, (919) 962-1345

Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, a legendary percussionist, has been a part of the New Orleans music scene for over 35 years, including eight years playing with pianist Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair. Roberts now resides in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans and maintains a busy schedule with Groovesect and other local musicians.

Roberts will perform alongside John “Jojo” Hermann. Hermann, born in New York City, discovered New Orleans sound as a teenager. Since 1992, Hermann has played piano and organ for the band Widespread Panic.

The program is sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library; the departments of history, American studies, and music; the Institute for the Arts and Humanities; the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History; and the Center for the Study of the American South.

Hope to see you there!




November is American Indian Month: Jump-start your research at the Stone Center Library!

November is American Indian Heritage month and UNC’s own American Indian Center  is hosting a series of events , including one TODAY at Wilson Library:

American Indians in 21st-Century North Carolina
Wednesday, Nov. 10
Wilson Special Collections Library
3:30 p.m. Pottery-making demonstration (outside)
5 p.m. Reception and exhibit viewing (North Carolina Collection Gallery)
5:45 p.m. Program (Pleasants Family Assembly Room)
Free and open to the public
Information: North Carolina Collection, (919) 962-1172

Interested in learning more about American Indian culture?  Doing research on related topics?  Don’t forget to come by the Stone Center Library!  For example, here are just a few of our more recent items on relations between American Indians and African Americans:

Looking for something broader?  Dr. Clara Sue Kidwell, Director of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has overseen and contributed to a variety of texts available at UNC libraries, including: Native American Studies.  2005. Lincoln [Neb.] : University of Nebraska Press. Or if you’re looking for more events to attend, UNC’s own professor Malinda Lowery recently published Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South : race, identity, and the making of a nation, which will be featured at a reading next Tuesday.  Enjoy!

2011-12 Fellowship Announcement: Increasing African American Diversity in Archives

Application Deadline: Tuesday February 15, 2011

Increasing African American Diversity in Archives: The HistoryMakers Fellowship, Mentoring, Training and Placement Institute

The HistoryMakers is pleased to offer a year-long fellowship (June 6, 2011 through June 1, 2012) working in African American archives. This fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of this fellowship program is to provide training for African American archivists and other archivists interested in working with African American archival collections. The year will include a 3-month immersion training program at The HistoryMakers Chicago location (June 6 – August 26, 2011) and an on-site residency (September 6, 2011 – June 1, 2012) at one of several host institutions.

All applicants must:

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Hold a recent graduate degree in library science (MLS, MLIS, MIS, MS) from an ALA accredited school OR a graduate degree in other relevant fields, such as history or African American studies (current graduate students are encouraged to apply if their degrees will be completed prior to beginning the fellowship).
  • Have a demonstrated interest in archives administration and management. Applicants must have taken at least two courses related to archival information and practice or have demonstrated work/volunteer experience in archival repositories.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in African American history. This interest can be demonstrated through academic coursework, volunteer or work experience, and/or through a personal statement in application essay.

Interested in learning more?  For a complete list of requirements, host institutions, program structure, and other pertinent details, check out the program flier available online here:

Emily Martorano
2011-2012 Archive Fellowship Program
The HistoryMakers
1900 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
No phone calls please.

New online exhibit: 43rd Anniversary of Black Student Movement at Carolina

The Carolina Digital Library and Archives has published a new virtual exhibit, which chronicles the history of the Black Student Movement at Carolina.  Check it out here:  The Black Student Movement at Carolina marks its 43rd anniversary this November, making this a timely opportunity to get to know your UNC history.

This exhibit was a cooperative effort between Wilson Library, the CDLA, and the Center for the Study of the American South.  You can also keep up with the CDLA on Facebook, where they have posted a note about the exhibit as well.  Happy reading!