Please join us in the Stone Center Theatre, where groundbreaking civil rights lawyer James E. Ferguson II will present the 2014 Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs, titled “Fifty Years–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 will address 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.
In our next Hutchins Lecture, titled “Sustainable, Organic, & Slow: Restoring the Legacy of Black Family Farms,” Chef & Farmer Matthew Raiford will discuss returning home after a quarter of a century to help restore his family farm. Gilliard Farms has been in Raiford’s family since 1874 and is a Georgia Centennial Family Farm. But what does it mean to be a modern-day farmer in the 21st century and still be sustainable, organic, and slow?
CheFarmer Raiford is currently the Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Culinary Arts at the College of Coastal Georgia. He holds a Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree in Culinary Arts from The Culinary Institute of America and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC-Santa Cruz. Raiford is a member of Slow Food USA and a Steering Committee Member for Slow Meat. He previously served as Executive Chef of Haute Catering in Washington, D.C., where he was a preferred caterer for the House of Representatives, the National Defense University, the National Archives, the Pentagon Conference Center and Library, and the Canadian Embassy, where he oversaw a staff of 125 cooking over 2000 meals a day.
This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Kresge Foundation Room (039) in Graham Memorial Hall.
Please join us in the Freedom Forum on Tuesday, November 18 at 4:30 pm for a panel discussion, using documentary films as the starting point for a larger conversation about how race relations have unfolded in Southern politics. Sharing clips from their own work, our guests will engage the legacies of African Americans who directly challenged Jim Crow, the white segregationists who resisted those challenges, and political actors of all races and approaches. The panelists will explore what has and has not changed in this country’s reckoning with civil rights and racial equality.
This panel, moderated by Malinda Maynor Lowery (Director, Southern Oral History Program, UNC-Chapel Hill), is co-sponsored by the Southern Oral History Program, the Southern Documentary Fund, and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Join us at the Full Frame Theater in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus for a provocative exploration of Southern race and politics on film, followed by a Q&A with Producer/Director Paul Stekler.
New Orleans’ long history of political dysfunction and complicated racial dynamics gets a new lease on life when Stacy Head, a polarizing white woman, wins a seat on the city council after the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four years later, she needs black votes to get reelected. But will her record of blunt racial talk doom her chances? GETTING BACK TO ABNORMAL follows the unlikely odd couple of Head and her irrepressible black political advisor, Barbara Lacen-Keller, as they try to navigate New Orleans’ treacherous political scene. With its cast of only-in-New-Orleans characters, Getting Back to Abnormal is a provocative and amusing look at race in America, set against the backdrop of the city’s rich culture. The film had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival and was nationally broadcast on the PBS series POV in August 2014. You can view a behind-the-scenes discussion between the producers about portraying New Orleans on film here.
This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Southern Oral History Program, the Southern Documentary Fund, and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Join us at Chapel Hill Public Library as we welcome acclaimed gospel singer Mrs. Mary D. Williams for an educational evening of performance and participation. Mrs. Williams, recognized as one of the best gospel singers in the country, will sing protest songs from the Civil Rights Era and examine their connections to the Slavery Era and the Negro spirituals of that time. Mary will ask the audience to participate as she teaches how to sing the songs and how to use music to understand our shared history.
Mary has traveled to more than 40 colleges and universities, more than 30 public schools, over 100 churches, a dozen libraries, and seven public school teachers’ institutes, offering week-long training sessions for teachers. She has taught, along with friend and colleague Dr. Timothy B. Tyson, a community-based college course, “The South in Black and White: History, Culture and Politics in the 20th Century South,” for the past six years. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B