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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

June 24, 2021

  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 Hannah-Jones’s case for a hire with tenure.   This irregular…

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

June 15, 2021

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 proposal was submitted on June 15, 2021, to Chancellor Kevin…

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

June 14, 2021

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 morning’s football game. Read the full story in The Assembly.

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

June 14, 2021

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 morning’s football game. Read the full story in The Assembly.

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Flyer for imagining the future: public art confronts the past Imagining the Future: Public Art Confronts the Past

April 12, 2021

UPDATE: If you missed this conversation, it’s not too late! Watch the recording   Transcript     Join us for a conversation about the creation of memories in public space and the power of art in the public sphere. We will be speaking with two artists – Lauren Frances Adams…

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Black Communities Conference #BlackCom2021

March 26, 2021

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 of Racial Reckoning,” just to name a few – on…

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

March 11, 2021

  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 she broke her big story by going undercover as a…

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“To Live and Thrive on New Earths”

February 22, 2021

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

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

February 15, 2021

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 in Robeson County. READ THE ARTICLE HERE WITH N&O SUBSCRIPTION

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Enshrining Proud Shoes in Brick and Mortar: Alumna Contemplates Pauli Murray Hall in Southern Cultures

February 12, 2021

We shall endure / To steal your senses / In that lonely twilight / Of your winter’s grief. — Pauli Murray, To the Oppressors, 1939. A Southern Cultures’ article written by Hilary N Green. Read the Southern Cultures Journal Article Here

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