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Charleston Lecture by Rhonda Y. Williams, Thurs, Nov 19 at 4:30 pm

Charleston2015“The Evidence of Things Done: Social (In)Justice & Struggles in the 21st Century”

Through a blending of prose and poetics and historical and contemporary times,            Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams will bear witness to the representations, politics, and activist campaigns that expose the tragic everydayness of inequality, as well as the entrenched regimes of injustice that continue to impact black life and existence in the United States. Rhonda_Y_WilliamsFrom poverty and the increasing wealth gap, to redlining and predatory loans, to redevelopment and gentrification, to police brutality and the criminal justice system, to #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName, the limits of democracy and the workings of power stand exposed. This lecture ponders, in the prophetic thinking of James Baldwin and the activism of Ella Baker: By whose lives do we judge democracy, and what roles must the people play?

Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of History as well as the founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century (2015) and The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles against Urban Inequality (2004). She currently serves as co-editor of the Justice, Power, and Politics series for the University of North Carolina Press.

This talk is co-sponsored by the History Department, Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center of Black Culture and History, and UNC Press. The talk will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 pm in the University Room of Hyde Hall.

2014 Charleston Lecture by James E. Ferguson II, Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 pm

fergie2Groundbreaking civil rights lawyer James E. Ferguson II presented the 2014 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs, titled “Fifty Years of Civil Rights Litigation–Everything Is Different, But Not Much Has Changed.” Co-sponsored by UNC School of Law, the Center for Civil Rights, the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, this lecture addressed the legacy of the Voting Rights Act, fifty years after its passage.

James E. Ferguson II was a founding partner, along with Julius L. Chambers, of the firm Ferguson, Stein, Chambers, Gresham and Sumter, P.A.  He has served as President of the firm since 1984. He has held teaching positions at Harvard Law School and North Carolina Central Law School. He served as a Scholar in Residence at Santa Clara Law School and was recognized as an Honorary Fellow by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top ten litigators and has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive organization whose membership is limited to 100 of the nation’s top trial lawyers.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

Julian Bond: Civil Rights, Then and Now

Charleston Lecture: Julian Bond, Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm

Bond pictureCivil rights pioneer and legislator Julian Bond will deliver the 2013 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs on November 19, 2013.

Bond’s address, “Civil Rights, Then and Now,” follows the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in which he played an important part. “Julian Bond has been on the front lines of change in the South for half a century,” notes CSAS director Jocelyn Neal. “He brings a voice of profound wisdom, experience, and insight to our audiences.”

While a student at Morehouse College, Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later served as its communications director. With Morris Dees, he helped establish the Southern Poverty Law Center, and served as its president between 1971 and 1979 (he now serves as president emeritus). Bond was elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and to six terms in the Georgia Senate, and between 1998 and 2010, he served as the national chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“Julian Bond has been an indomitable long-distance runner in the nation’s ongoing struggle over civil rights,” says W. Hodding Carter III, Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at UNC. “Charismatic, articulate, and brave, an intellectual revolutionary, he has served in virtually every capacity and on almost every front of America’s longest and best war.”

Bond flyerBond holds 25 honorary degrees, and currently serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at American University in Washington, D.C., as well as Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His publications include A Time to Speak, A Time to Act, and “Viewpoint,” a nationally syndicated newspaper column.

“From his undergraduate years at Morehouse College in the early 1960s to the present, Julian Bond has been an eloquent voice for civil rights and equal opportunities for all Americans,” says the Center’s Senior Associate Director, William R. Ferris.

UNC Chancellor Carol L. Folt will introduce Bond at the Stone Center. “We are especially grateful to those who support the Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs so that we can bring this caliber of guest to the Carolina community,” says Neal. “It is a true honor to welcome Julian Bond to the Center and UNC.” This program is also supported by the generous contributions of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

2012 Charleston Lecture with Earl Black, Thursday, September 13, 2012 (Video)


2012 Charleston Lecture—Earl Black, “The South and the 2012 Presidential Election” from CSAS on Vimeo.

The Center for the Study of the American South was pleased to host distinguished scholar of southern politics Earl Black for the 2012-13 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs. Dr. Black’s talk, titled “The South and the 2012 Presidential Election,” is a timely one. Read more