Monthly Archives: January 2011

A brief history of the “Wilmington Ten”

On Wednesday, we posted an upcoming event commemorating the Wilmington Ten.  But just who were the Wilmington Ten?

On February 6, 1971 racial tensions in downtown Wilmington, NC came to a head when several local businesses were set on fire.  Firemen responding to the call then came under attack, as shots were fired from the roof of the Gregory Congregational Church, which housed several students and protesters.  There were two deaths and several injuries over the next couple of days.  Based on evidence that was later called to question in court, ten individuals were convicted and sentenced: Benjamin Chavis, Connie Tindall, Marvin “Chili” Patrick, Wayne Moore, Reginald Epps, Jerry Jacobs, James “Bun” McKoy, Willie Earl Vereen, William “Joe” Wright, Jr, and Ann Shepard.

Coming to be known as the “Wilmington Ten,” their situation garnered international attention when Amnesty International took up their case 1976, believing them to be persecuted for their beliefs rather than proven ties to the events of February 1971.  Eventually, the conviction was overturned in 1980 and Benjamin Chavis, who at the time of his arrest was a minister and community organizer, went on to hold various positions of leadership within the African American civil rights community.  On Tuesday (6:30pm in the Stone Center Auditorium), Dr. Chavis will offer reflections on the lessons of the Wilmington Ten as part of a commemorative program hosted by UNC’s Institute of African American Research.

For more details on the history of the Wilmington Ten, check out this UNC Libraries blog post.  Interested in learning more about keynote speaker Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr?  Come browse our reference collection!  For example, the items below contain biographical sketches of his life and career:

Or if you’re looking for online resources, check out this biography published by The History Makers.  In addition, Dr. Chavis maintains a website, where he has posted an autobiography and you can find him on facebook.

Happy reading!

Black History events at the NC Museum of History

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Planning ahead for Black History Month?  The NC Museum of History has various events coming up!

10th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, Jan. 29
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Over 75 presenters—musicians, storytellers, dancers, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, chefs, teachers, scholars, and more—will be on hand to kick off Black History Month and celebrate North Carolina’s diverse African American heritage and culture. For more information, call Emily Grant at 919-807-7979 or visit

African American History Tour
Saturday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Explore the lives and accomplishments of African American North Carolinians from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights era.

Hands-on History
Saturday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26
1–3 p.m.
Learn about African Americans who have called North Carolina home as you make a craft, jump a rope, or hear a story. DROP-IN PROGRAM
The Ambidexter Philosopher: Thomas Jefferson in Black Thought, 1776–1877
Sunday, Feb. 6
2 p.m.
Mia Bay, Rutgers University
Professor Bay will examine African Americans’ changing ideas about Thomas Jefferson between the American Revolution and the post-emancipation era. This Perspectives on History lecture is presented in conjunction with the National Humanities Center and sponsored by the N.C. Museum of History Associates.

History à la Carte: 1898 Wilmington Race Riot
Wednesday, Feb. 9
12:10–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
LeRae Umfleet, Collections Management Chief, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
In 1898 white rioters in Wilmington violently overthrew a legitimately elected black Republican government, changing the course of politics and race relations in North Carolina and across the nation. Umfleet will discuss the riot and its long-term impact.

Music of the Carolinas: Magic of African Rhythm
Sunday, Feb. 13
3–4 p.m.
This powerful ensemble features traditional African melody, movement, and rhythm. Students from Raleigh’s Community Music School will join them for a special program. PineCone cosponsors the performance.

Hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂

Tuesday, February 1: “Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation” (Bullitt Club/Trent Society Joint Lecture series)

On Tuesday, February 1st Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr will deliver “Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation” as part of a joint lecture series presented by  UNC’s Bullitt History of Medicine Club and Duke’s Trent History of Medicine Society.  The lecture will take place Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at 5:30 pm in Room 527 of the UNC Health Sciences Library.


Hope to see you there!

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Commemorating the Wilmington 10, February 2nd at 6:30pm, Stone Center Auditorium

February marks the 40th anniversary of the events that led to the case of the Wilmington 10.  In commemoration, UNC’s Institute of African American Research is sponsoring a program next week featuring several members of the Wilmington 10, including a keynote address by Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.



Feb 2, 2011

6:30 pm

UNC Stone Center Auditorium


Wilmington 10 Program

Hope to see you there!

Opening this FRIDAY: “To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray”

This Friday, the Pauli Murray Project’s Centennial Celebration continues, with the inauguration of “To Buy The Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray,” a play about the life and legacy of this trailblazing Durham native.  The play is written by Lynden Harris, directed by Kathryn Hunter-Williams and features Chaunesti Webb Lyon and Brie Nash.

“Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Pauli Murray refused to sit in the back of the bus; 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in the nation’s capital.  Durham native Pauli Murray not only lived on the edge of history, she seemingly “pulled it along with her.”  One hundred twenty-three years after her enslaved grandmother was baptized at Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill, Pauli Murray returned as America’s first female African-American Episcopal priest to celebrate her groundbreaking Eucharist there.  A lifelong champion for human rights, Pauli Murray’s struggles and insights resonate powerfully in our times.  Celebrate her history; create our future.”


  • January 28-30, 2011 (DURHAM)
  • February 4-5, 2011 (CARRBORO)
  • February 13, 2011 (CHAPEL HILL)
  • February 18, 2011 (HILLSBOROUGH)

Tickets are $10 and information on purchasing for each venue is available here.  For Performance Sponsorships and Group Tickets, contact: Barbara Lau at 919/613-6167 or

This project is supported by grants from the Paul Green Foundation and a mini grant from Imagine Durham: Durham’s Results Based Accountability Initiative (

MLK Jr Day 2011: Stone Center Library Resources

This Monday, we celebrate the life and legacy of a seminal figure of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, a tireless champion of nonviolence and social justice whose efforts made him – at age 35 – the youngest recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize (1964).

If UNC’s MLK Jr Birthday Celebration activities next week leave you curious for further information, be sure to check out some of the holdings here at The Stone Center Library

Questions?  Contact us!  You can also find us on chat – our buddy name is: StonecenterRef.  Happy reading, and stay warm! 🙂

MLK Jr Day 2011: UNC events

Martin Luther King Jr Day is just around the corner!  This Monday evening, the Stone Center & the Carolina Black Caucus will be co-sponsoring the annual “He Was a Poem, He Was a Song” event, which explores Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through music, poetry and spoken word.  FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.  For more info, click here.

This program is also part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s MLK Jr Birthday Celebration, outlined below.  Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public, but some events require registration. For more information, contact UNC-Chapel Hill Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at (919) 962-6962 or by email (

Monday, January 17
Day for Service
MLK Youth Leadership Program
Rally, March, and Service
Unity Dinner
He Was a Poem, He Was a Song

Tuesday, January 18
Kappa Omicron chapter of Delta sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical contest

Wednesday, January 19
Candlelight Vigil
30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture: Soledad O’Brien
Presentation of the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

Thursday, January 20
Lessons from Little Rock
MLK, Today: Aid and Development in Central and East Africa

Friday, January 21
Lessons from Little Rock
“I, Too, Sing America”

Hope to see you there!  And stay tuned… coming tomorrow: a list of related resources available here at the library.

Job announcement: 2 Open Positions, HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Calling all archivists!  Interested in African American history?  The HistoryMakers is looking to fill two job openings:

1.    Project Director for an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant
“The HistoryMakers seeks applications for a projector director for a three year IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant. This
grant involves recruiting and fostering the professional development of early-career African American archivists, placing them in repositories of
African American primary source materials and then working closely with those repositories.”

2.    Video Oral History Archivist
“The HistoryMakers seeks applications for a video oral history archivist. The archivist will be responsible for the planning and implementation of a preservation and cataloguing system for *The HistoryMakers* videotaped oral history collection.”

Requirements include a graduate degree in African American, American History, library science with a concentration in archival management, or other related field.  For further information, please see the full listings posted on ArchivesGig.  CONTACT PERSON: Daniel Johnson, The HistoryMakers, 1900 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616; fax 312-674-1915 or

The HistoryMakers is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit video oral history archive headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its topics include but are not limited to African American organizations and associations, slavery, reconstruction, the labor movement, the civil rights movement and black authors.

**If you’re a recent MLS graduate interested in working with African American archival collections, the HistoryMakers also has a yearlong fellowship program.  That deadline – February 15 – is little over a month away.**

Best of luck!

Kwanzaa resources

Happy New Year, faithful readers!  Did any of you happen to celebrate Kwanzaa this year?  Interested in learning more?  Make use of some of the resources available here at the Stone Center Library!  We are open this week and the next, from 8am-5pm (Monday – Friday), and regular hours resume on the 18th.

Kwanzaa takes place December 26-January 1 and seeks to celebrate African American heritage and to promote cultural pride and remembrance.  Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the name “Kwanzaa” is derived from the Swahili “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits.”  The seven days of observance correspond to the holiday’s seven principles (“nguzo saba”): unity; self-determination; collective work & responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose-building; creativity; and faith.

For more detailed information, check out the Official Kwanzaa Website, which includes FAQs and an annual Founder’s Message.  Or come by the Stone Center Library and check out any of the following books:

…  And if this leaves you curious for additional context, be sure to check out these books about Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Karenga (or peruse our holdings of books he has authored by clicking here):

Happy reading!  🙂