Sustaining Roots Music (SOOTS) is a community project at Raleigh Charter High School that seeks to preserve the local vernacular culture of the American South, particularly the music of the North Carolina Piedmont. Following the model of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, SOOTS students organize benefit concerts and host guest lectures that connect diverse communities, including local businesses, teenage students, and professional artists, in the common cause of raising awareness and funds for aging musicians. SOOTS has worked closely with CSAS since 2010.
The 8th Annual SOOTS Benefit on April 25th in Raleigh will feature Justin Robinson with his current band, the Mary Annettes. Robinson was one of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he won a Grammy in 2010 for their album Genuine Negro Jig. Robinson left the group in 2011 to pursue his Master’s in Forestry at NC State University. Robinson also teaches violin and is currently in the studio as a producer for multiple local bands’ projects. Aside from the fiddle, Robinson now plays the autoharp and his new harp from Paraguay, which he played for SOOTS students during an energetic Q&A session earlier this month.
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For more information on SOOTS: www.sootsblues.org
On Wednesday, April 30 at 3:00 pm on the front porch of the Love House and Hutchins Forum, four undergraduate interns with the Southern Oral History Program will share a live performance based on their collected oral histories from this spring semester. Their project focused on gay and lesbian student activism and life at UNC-Chapel Hill from the 1970s onward, and their interviewees shared many remarkable stories. Join us as they give voice to a sampling of individuals who had something to say about the past.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Join us at UNC’s Wilson Library for the opening reception of a student-curated exhibit on Civil War poetry, fiction, images, and other archival materials. The exhibit, titled Imagining the U.S. Civil War, 1861-1900, grew out of a course on American literature taught by Professor Eliza Richards.
The students will explain and provide context for the items they selected and researched. Among the items on view will be The Woman in Battle, Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s 1876 memoir about fighting in the Civil War disguised as a man, and an 1862 poem, “Sinking of the Cumberland,” which describes an early instance of modern naval warfare.
Please join CSAS and the N.C. Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as we present a free screening of The Editor and the Dragon in the Freedom Forum. Produced and directed by Walt Campbell and Martin Clark, this film relates the story of a small-town newspaper editor and his confrontation with the Ku Klux Klan. Following the film screening, we will host a panel discussion featuring Ken Ripley, veteran publisher, owner, and editor of the Spring Hope Enterprise; Cash Michaels, award-winning editor, chief reporter/ photographer and columnist for The Carolinian; and Phoebe Zerwick, prize-winning investigative journalist with the Winston-Salem Journal and O, The Oprah Magazine. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jock Lauterer, a Senior Lecturer in community journalism at UNC. The Freedom Forum is located on the third floor of Carroll Hall, room 305. For a searchable map of the UNC campus, please click here.
In 1953, Horace Carter earned a Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for his reporting on the KKK. Carter persevered in the face of death threats and used the editorial authority of North Carolina’s Tabor City Tribune to protest the Klan’s racist rhetoric and vigilantism. Carter’s bold reporting and the unwavering integrity of his editorials helped lead to the first federal intervention in the South during that era and to the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 klansmen. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary film relates the story of Carter’s courage and the battle for the soul of a small North Carolina town.
This event is free and open to the public.