The Ida B. Wells Symposium has been postponed until a later date in Fall 2020. In keeping with our concern for the community and the university’s new plan to encourage greater “social distancing” and to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, we are rescheduling the symposium. We will keep you posted on the Fall 2020 date for the symposium, and we look forward to seeing you then. Thank you.
To celebrate the life and work of black journalist, advocate and educator Ida B. Wells, The Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition is hosting a one-day event of panel discussions, lectures, performances and workshops which encourage the continued work of investigative journalism and increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color. No single person has used the power of words to fight racial violence more than Wells-Barnett, who shone “the light of truth” across the nation on lynching at its height between the 1890s and 1930s.
The Anti-Defamation League recently reported incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120% between 2018 and last year, making 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda material has more than doubled. Diverse voices in newsrooms are needed more than ever.
On April 4 we celebrate the pioneering service and skill of Wells-Barnett with a panel discussion featuring veteran journalists Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ron Nixon, founders of the Ida B. Wells Society.
There will be workshops for investigative journalists and 8-12th grade teachers, and lectures and performances highlighting racial terror lynching in Orange County, Black journalism in North Carolina, and the life and work of Ida B. Wells-Barnett. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Journalism, Carolina K-12, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Branch of the NAACP, Carolina Women’s Center, and #BlackOutLoudUNC.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Lectures, Panels and Performances
Open to the general public at no cost. Lunch provided with advance registration by March 27.
(Journalists and 8-12 grade teachers register via workshop links blow.)
9:15 a.m. – KEYNOTE PANEL | Stone Center Auditorium
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ron Nixon, founders of the Ida B. Wells Society at UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism, will offer reflections on the origins of the 1619 Project and Black journalism today, moderated by Dr. Joseph Jordan (Director, UNC Stone Center for Black Life and Culture)
11 a.m. – HISTORY OF RACIAL TERROR AND LYNCHINGS IN ORANGE CO. | Stone Center Auditorium
Paris Miller, scholar and community organizer, presents on the history of racial terror lynchings in Orange County, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
1 p.m. – STAGED READING PERFORMANCE “MISS IDA B. WELLS” | Stone Center Auditorium
Kathryn Hunter Williams, Teaching Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts at UNC-CH, conducts a staged reading of “Miss Ida B Wells, A Dramatic Biography,” by Endesha Ida Mae Holland, including an audience talkback following the performance.
3 p.m. – LIFE AND WORK OF NC EDITOR/PUBLISHER LOUIS AUSTIN | Stone Center Auditorium
Professor Jerry Gershenhorn (NCCU) and Kenneth Edmonds (Publisher, Carolina Times) will discuss the life and work of North Carolina editor and publisher Louis Austin, whose Carolina Times newspaper was the most important voice for Black North Carolinians at the height of Jim Crow segregation, including a Q&A with the audience.
4:30-6:30 p.m. –RECEPTION AND EXHIBIT | 140 W. Franklin Street, Suite 160
Reception and private viewing of the #BlackOutLoudUNC Art Exhibit, featuring Spoken Word Performances, hosted by Yet & Still.
WORKSHOPS FOR JOURNALISTS AND TEACHERS | 1 – 5 p.m.
Investigative Journalists Workshop – Stone Center Hitchcock Multipurpose Room
Journalists of all skill levels are invited to attend the ½ day investigative reporting workshop on Saturday April 4th, hosted by the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting and Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition. The workshop will be led by Ida B. Wells Society founder Ron Nixon. Training covers topics such as pitching and managing investigative projects, tips for turning a quick hit investigative story, getting public records, and developing sources.
Anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett believed that “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” This workshop for 8th – 12th grade teachers will examine how to teach comprehensively about our shared “hard history” to ensure students understand the implications of our past and are empowered to address the challenges of the present. From integrating primary sources to engaging in effective classroom conversations about difficult subjects, teachers will leave with strategies and specific lesson plans for teaching about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, racial terror lynching, the lasting legacies of racial violence, resistance and agency, and more.