The 2014 Moxie Scholars presented a short video, a group mural, and an interactive dialogue with participants from the summer seminar. These six undergraduates discussed their internships with community organizations in the Triangle area, as well as their study of the history of women’s activism. They unveiled a collectively painted mural of Ella Baker, reflecting Baker’s philosophy of participatory democracy and her work as a Chapel Hill-based organizer during the Civil Rights Movement. A link to view the Moxie video will be available soon.
This summer, the Center is proud to feature “Useful Work,” a remarkable collection of photographs from Sherrill’s Inn and Hickory Nut Gap Farm by photographer Ken Abbott. Located in Fairview, North Carolina, the farm and inn were purchased in 1916 by Jim and Elizabeth McClure, a newlywed couple down from Illinois on their honeymoon. Jim and Elizabeth helped found the Farmers Federation, a cooperative organization to bring better agriculture to western North Carolina. Since then, the farm has been managed and worked by five generations of the family (which now includes Agers, Hamiltons, Clarkes, and others), producing grassfed beef, pastured pork and poultry, and organic apples, blackberries, raspberries, and asparagus. Family members also run an art, drama, and horseback riding camp during the summer, as well as Flying Cloud Farm, a nearby organic fruit, flower, and vegetable farm.
We celebrated Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the farm families with an artist’s reception on Friday, May 30th, but you can still drop by the Center to view the photographs and to hear oral histories from SOHP‘s “Mountain Voices” collection. You can listen to audio clips from interviews of North Carolina farmers and community organizers here.
This exhibit was made possible by a generous gift from Tom Kenan, a dear friend of the Clarke family who spent many memorable days and nights at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.
Join us on the porch to hear bluegrass banjo player Carl Johnson, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses near Nashville, and friends including old-time fiddle and banjo player Joseph Decosimo of Durham, North Carolina as well as guitar and two-finger banjo player Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Virginia.
Jim is the proprietor of Lloyd’s Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. Carl and Jim have performed together at the Black Banjo and Fiddle Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, among other venues. This event is made possible with support from the Black & Global Banjo Roots project and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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.
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.
To order tickets: www.seatyourself.biz/sootsblues
For more information on SOOTS: www.sootsblues.org