This semester, SOHP interns Alex Ford, Destinie Pittman, Devin Holman, and Monique Laborde interviewed members of the “Black Pioneers” — the earliest cohorts of African American students who attended UNC between 1952-1972. On December 9th, the interns will share their research at the Love House and Hutchins Forum. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
You can learn more about SOHP internships and listen to a sample podcast produced by previous interns here.
“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. From 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.
Join us at the Center for a lunchtime discussion with Bland Simpson and Ann Cary Simpson. Bland and Ann Cary will discuss their new book, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales, which tells new tales of coastal North Carolina’s “water-loving land,” revealing how its creeks, streams, and rivers shape the region’s geography as well as its culture. Ann Cary, who contributed nearly sixty photographs to the book, joins Bland in telling the stories of those who have lived and worked in this country, chronicling a distinct environment and way of life.
Bland Simpson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as pianist for the Red Clay Ramblers. Photographer Ann Cary Simpson is a consultant with Moss + Ross of Durham and interim director of NC Catch, a nonprofit supporting fishermen and local seafood.
This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Patrick Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I Got What I Got The Hard Way”: Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and the Racial Politics of Southern Music
The music of the South has long been a central metaphor for the region’s tumultuous racial history. Genres like country and soul remain symbols for the real and perceived borders between black and white, while the long history of interracial collaboration in southern music offers a defiant counter-narrative to the South’s troubled history. In this alternative story, there are few more celebrated moments than the integrated recording studios of Memphis and Muscle Shoals in the 1960s and 1970s. To this day, studios like Stax or FAME are held up as sites of Civil Rights-era progress or even utopias where skin color didn’t matter. This narrative of racial harmony has become central to both scholarly and popular understandings of the South’s cultural and political history. But, as historian Charles L. Hughes will discuss, this mythology obscures a more complex story of racial collaboration and conflict. In this lecture, drawn from his acclaimed book Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, Hughes will discuss the ways that this mythology has distorted our understanding of the music, its makers, and the contexts from which it emerged. This lecture will be held in the Hitchcock Room at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
Dr. Charles L. Hughes is the Director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes College. Country Soul was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. He has spoken and published widely on race, music and the South. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.