African-American History http://wunc.org en Do Our Memories Define Us? http://wunc.org/post/do-our-memories-define-us <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">The book, "Jim Crow Wisdom," (</span><a href="http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">UNC Press</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial; line-height: normal;">/2013) explores stories black Americans tell about their past and the way those stories inform modern black identity.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:33:33 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 32787 at http://wunc.org Do Our Memories Define Us? The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built http://wunc.org/post/dixie-highway-and-how-south-was-built <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Before the 20th century, Southern roads were little more than rubble and dirt. Traveling from county to county was difficult and state to state was near impossible. The Dixie Highway, constructed in 1915, shifted control and funding of road regulations from local government to state and federal authorities.&nbsp;</span></font></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:11:14 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 31933 at http://wunc.org The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South http://wunc.org/post/one-man-play-narrates-stories-gay-black-men-south <p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Television shows like Glee, Will and Grace, and Modern Family portray gay identity as white, northern, and secular. But that was far from E. Patrick Johnson's reality growing up in Hickory, North Carolina. Johnson decided to travel across the South to unearth stories of African American gay men and document his findings in the book&nbsp;</span></font><a href="http://uncpress.unc.edu/SweetTea/"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><i>Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South&nbsp;</i></span></font></a><font face="Arial,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">(UNC Press/2008).</span></font></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:11:25 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 30456 at http://wunc.org One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South What Stories Are Edited Out Of Our Imagining Of Black History? Plenty http://wunc.org/post/what-stories-are-edited-out-our-imagining-black-history-plenty <p>The public radio program State of the Re:Union has a lofty goal. They want to tell the story of America, one community at a time.</p><p>On Monday January 20 at noon and 8 p.m. WUNC will present a State of the Re:Union special called <em>Re:Defining Black History 2014</em>. (<a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/108432-re-defining-black-history">Listen to the show here</a>.)</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:46:41 +0000 WUNC 28918 at http://wunc.org What Stories Are Edited Out Of Our Imagining Of Black History? Plenty Author Explores History Of American Indian And African-American Heritage http://wunc.org/post/author-explores-history-american-indian-and-african-american-heritage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:&quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Many people know that during the Trail of Tears, tens of thousands of American Indians were forced to walk to Oklahoma. </span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:59:00 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 26439 at http://wunc.org Author Explores History Of American Indian And African-American Heritage American Legion Commander Shatters Barriers http://wunc.org/post/american-legion-commander-shatters-barriers <p><span style="">When <a href="http://www.biography.com/people/patricia-roberts-harris-205630">Patricia Harris</a> became leader of the North Carolina Department of the American Legion, she was the first African-American and the first female to take the post.&nbsp; </span></p><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:09:52 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 25609 at http://wunc.org American Legion Commander Shatters Barriers Greater Than Equal: African-American Struggles For School Integration http://wunc.org/post/greater-equal-african-american-struggles-school-integration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The struggle for education equality in North Carolina was hard-fought for more than four decades.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:09:33 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 23795 at http://wunc.org Greater Than Equal: African-American Struggles For School Integration Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South http://wunc.org/post/lifelong-folklorist-unearths-stories-south <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wferris.web.unc.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Ferris&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">documented Southern African-American folklore.&nbsp; His latest book&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/10113.html">The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;presents material from 40 years of interviews with writers, scholars and artists who reflected southern culture in their work.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:28:41 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 23734 at http://wunc.org Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten http://wunc.org/post/historic-marker-dedicated-elizabeth-cotten <p><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed. </span></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:01:01 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 22974 at http://wunc.org Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten Culinary Historian Pays Homage To African-American Food History http://wunc.org/post/culinary-historian-pays-homage-african-american-food-history <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This summer, celebrity chef Paula </span>Deen’s<span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;"> use of the N-word stirred controversy. Food historian Michael </span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-w-twitty/an-open-letter-to-paula-deen_b_3502048.html" style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;">Twitty wrote an open letter to Deen</a><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;"> criticizing her appropriation and misinterpretation of African-American culinary tradition. </span>Twitty<span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;"> will cook and speak about his work at </span><a href="http://www.stagville.org/" style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;">Historic Stagville Plantation'</a><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;">s </span><a href="http://www.stagville.org/events/" style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;">Harvest Festival</a><span style="font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 1.5;"> in Durham this Saturday, September 7th. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:16:34 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 21921 at http://wunc.org Culinary Historian Pays Homage To African-American Food History