Wednesday, Feb. 16th: "Freedom From the Rubble: A Colored Civil War Soldier Speaks"

Coming this WEDNESDAY at 7pm in the Sonya Haynes Stone Center Theatre: “Freedom From the Rubble: A Colored Civil War Soldier Speaks”, a new play written & performed by Mike Wiley. FREE and open to the public, with a reception following the performance.  Check out the poster below for more details, or peruse this recent press release on the play and its creator.

FREE film screening TOMORROW (2/8) at the Stone Center: "Frederick Douglass and the White Negro" (2008)

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History kicks off the spring semester of its FREE Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film TOMORROW (2/8) evening at 7pm with a showing of “Frederick Douglass and the White Negro” (2008), directed by John Doherty.
 
“This documentary tells the story of this important 19th century leader and his escape from slavery, leading to refuge in Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine. The film focuses on the powerful influence Ireland had on him as a young man. It also explores the turbulent relationship between African Americans and Irish Americans in general. The relationship is exposed as a complex and tragic sequence of events culminating in the bloodiest riot in American history. This transatlantic story covers the race issue and is as relevant today as it was when Douglass escaped to Ireland—“I can truly say, I have spent some of the happiest moments of my life since landing in this country. I seem to have undergone a transformation. I live a new life…I am met by no upturned nose and scornful lip telling me ‘We don’t allow niggers in here!’””


This semester’s other screenings will be held on 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, and 3/15.  Screenings generally feature commentary by the directors and/or relevant scholars and are held in the Stone Center’s Hitchcock Multipurpose Room.  For a full calendar of the films to be shown, click here.
 
Hope to see you there! 🙂
 
 

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: 5th annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference, Feb. 18-19

Check out the announcement below from the Triangle African American History Colloqium about their upcoming conference:
The Triangle African American History Colloquium is very pleased to announce the fifth annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference: “Intersecting Identities in African American History and Culture”.
Panels will take place in Hyde Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on February 18 & 19, 2011. The keynote address will be given by Prof. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham at 6 pm on Friday evening in the theatre of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. A full schedule, related announcements, and more information is available at:
http://taahc.web.unc.edu/
The conference is free and open to the public. Please publicize widely.
 
You can also find both the event and the TAAHC on Facebook.  Hope to see you there! 🙂
 
 

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: 5th annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference, Feb. 18-19

Check out the announcement below from the Triangle African American History Colloqium about their upcoming conference:
The Triangle African American History Colloquium is very pleased to announce the fifth annual New Perspectives on African American History and Culture Conference: “Intersecting Identities in African American History and Culture”.
Panels will take place in Hyde Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on February 18 & 19, 2011. The keynote address will be given by Prof. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham at 6 pm on Friday evening in the theatre of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. A full schedule, related announcements, and more information is available at:
http://taahc.web.unc.edu/
The conference is free and open to the public. Please publicize widely.
 
You can also find both the event and the TAAHC on Facebook.  Hope to see you there! 🙂
 
 

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 ncmuseumofhistory.org.
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! 🙂

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 ncmuseumofhistory.org.
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.

 

EVENT INFORMATION:

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.”
PERFORMANCE DATES:

  • 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  balau@duke.edu
This project is supported by grants from the Paul Green Foundation and a mini grant from Imagine Durham: Durham’s Results Based Accountability Initiative (www.durhamnc.gov/rba).

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 (diversity@unc.edu).
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.