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Nikole Hannah-Jones speaking at the commencement ceremony for Morehouse College in Atlanta on May 16. CSAS Statement Regarding Denial of Tenure Consideration for Nikole Hannah-Jones

  We, the staff of the Center for the Study of the American South, Southern Cultures quarterly, and the Southern Oral History Program write to join the many voices expressing dismay with the Board of Trustees’ failure to consider Nikole … Continued


James Cates's yearbook photo. Proposal: James Cates Building at UNC

Read James Cates’s story, the proposal in its entirety, and see the list of signatories and endorsers here. To show your support by signing on as an endorser, email csas@unc.edu with your name and title or town of residence. This … Continued


James Cates's high school yearbook photo. Say His Name: James Cates

A murder 50 years ago rattled Chapel Hill’s Black community, laying bare the town’s inequality. Stabbed by white supremacists, Cates died in the Pit on UNC campus waiting for an ambulance that never arrived. The bricks were cleaned by the … Continued


Black Communities Conference #BlackCom2021

If you missed the Black Communities Conference 2021, you’ll soon be able to watch the recorded talks –  “Beyond the Lawn Signs and Statements,” “Ending Profiling, Police, Prisons & Parole as We Know It,” “Deep Rivers: The Arts & Music … Continued


A photograph portrait of Marvel Cooke. The Marvelous Life of Marvel Cooke

  The play Edges of Time (directed by Jules Odendahl-James, starring Kathryn Hunter-Williams) premieres this month. Not only was Cooke the first woman and first Black person to work for the New York City leftist newspaper The Daily Compass, but … Continued


“To Live and Thrive on New Earths”

Danielle Purifoy writes about the Earthseed Land Collective and Black freedom for Southern Cultures. Read her essay.


I Vote sticker Who Voted? Lowery Tells N&O Why Some Blue Areas Turned Red in NC

The State Board of Elections recently released data, by precinct, for the 2020 elections. News and Observer reporter Tyler Dukes asked political experts what are the trends, and asked historian Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery what’s behind changes the numbers show … Continued


Saving the House We Built Panel Saving the House We Built

The Center for the Study of the American South celebrates Black History by supporting and encouraging critical conversations about race and our nation’s history. If you missed this critical conversation, “Saving the House We Built: Critical Conversations on Contemporary Politics,” … Continued


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