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Best of 2017-18 Music on the Porch

Can’t wait for next fall? You can enjoy some of our favorite recent Music on the Porch moments on our YouTube channel. Here’s a sampling:

Education & Resegregation Town Hall, Thurs, April 19 at 7:00 pm

Can’t attend in person? Follow along with our Livestream: https://livestream.com/accounts/10268920/AmericanSouth and Tweet us your questions @UNCSouth with the hashtag #SeparateIsUnequal.

How much racial progress has been made in America since 1955, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered all 50 states to desegregate public schools “with all deliberate speed”? Or, as Clarence Page has asked, how much progress has been made on school desegregation since Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated in 1968? We have invited four experts on school desegregation to share their knowledge and answer questions about disturbing trends toward school resegregation in the South. For more information about the panelists and moderator, please click here.

Tell About the South: Mishio Yamanaka, Tues, April 17 at 12:30 pm

Mishio Yamanaka, a PhD candidate in UNC’s Department of History and the 2017-18 McColl Fellow, will show how Creoles of color in New Orleans achieved the partial desegregation of public schools during Reconstruction and resisted resegregation in 1877. In her dissertation, she argues that public schools catalyzed Creoles’ civil rights debate, as they considered educational opportunities fundamental to racial equality. By examining school records and family histories, her project reveals how Creoles of color forged a community-wide desegregation campaign during the Reconstruction period.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs to Patrick Horn at pathorn@unc.edu will be appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Poetry on the Porch: Tues, April 10 at 5:30 pm

Poetry on the Porch returns this spring with a double MIKE drop: former Southern Cultures poetry editor Michael Chitwood and longtime contributor Michael McFee. Both Mikes will read from new works, including Chitwood’s Search & Rescue (LSU Press, 2018) and McFee’s Appointed Rounds (Mercer University Press, 2018). Bring a blanket and join us on the lawn!

Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Music on the Porch: Che Apalache, Thurs, April 5 at 5:30 pm

Che Apalache is a four-man string band based in Buenos Aires with members from Argentina, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s founder is Joe Troop (fiddle), a North Carolinian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and composer who moved to Argentina in 2010. While playing the local music scene, Joe taught bluegrass and old-time for a living. That’s how he met Pau Barjau (banjo), Franco Martino (guitar), and Martin Bobrik (mandolin).

In 2017 the band received grants from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to tour the United States. At the prestigious Appalachian String Band Music Festival, they were awarded first place in the Neo-Traditional band competition. Evoking stories and images from Appalachia to the Andes, their debut album Latingrass reflects a powerful cultural and musical exchange. Catch a listen on YouTube or WUNC’s The State of Things.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Center. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Carolina Hispanic Association and the UNC Latina/o Studies Program. Trae una manta de picnic y quédate un rato!