African-American History

The State of Things
12:33 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Do Our Memories Define Us?

Jim Crow Wisdom by Jonathan Scott Holloway

Scholar Jonathan Holloway discusses his new book, 'Jim Crow Wisdom'

The book, "Jim Crow Wisdom," (UNC Press/2013) explores stories black Americans tell about their past and the way those stories inform modern black identity. 

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Dixie Highway And How The South Was Built

Dixie Highway Road Building and the Making of the Modern South, 1900 to 1930
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Professor and author Tammy Ingram talks about her new book, 'Dixie Highway: Road Building and The Making of the Modern South 1900-1930

    

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. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

One-Man Play Narrates Stories Of Gay Black Men Of The South

Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men Of The South
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A conversation with professor and author E. Patrick Johnson

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 Sweet Tea: Gay Black Men of the South (UNC Press/2008).

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WUNC Updates
10:46 am
Sat January 18, 2014

What Stories Are Edited Out Of Our Imagining Of Black History? Plenty

State of the Re:Union - Re:Defining Black History 2014
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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.

On Monday January 20 at noon and 8 p.m. WUNC will present a State of the Re:Union special called Re:Defining Black History 2014. (Listen to the show here.)

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Arts & Culture
11:59 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Author Explores History Of American Indian And African-American Heritage

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Many people know that during the Trail of Tears, tens of thousands of American Indians were forced to walk to Oklahoma.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

American Legion Commander Shatters Barriers

Commander Patricia Harris
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When Patricia Harris 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. 

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The State of Things
10:09 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Greater Than Equal: African-American Struggles For School Integration

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The struggle for education equality in North Carolina was hard-fought for more than four decades.

It was not only a struggle for facilities that were equal to white schools, but a fight for integration and civic inclusion. Host Frank Stasio talks with Sarah Caroline Thuesen, author of “Greater Than Equal: African American Struggles for Schools and Citizenship in North Carolina, 1919-1965,” and a professor of history at Guilford College.

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South

Bill Ferris' new book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, presents 40 years of interviews and photographs.
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Writer Bill Ferris talks about his latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (UNC Press/ 2013)

For decades, Bill Ferris documented Southern African-American folklore.  His latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists presents material from 40 years of interviews with writers, scholars and artists who reflected southern culture in their work.

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The State of Things
1:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Historic Marker Dedicated To Elizabeth Cotten

Elizabeth Cotten at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival
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In the early 1900s in Carrboro, a young Elizabeth Cotten took her brother's handmade guitar from under his bed.

She started playing the instrument upside down - with her right hand on the fret and strumming with her left hand. The young woman went on to become a famous blues and folk musician. Next weekend, Carrboro will dedicate a historic marker to honor Cotton’s legacy and ties to the town.

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Culinary Historian Pays Homage To African-American Food History

Culinary Historian and Judaics Scholar, Michael Twitty
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Food historian Michael Twitty expounds on African-American food history, culture and his upcoming Harvest Festival

This summer, celebrity chef Paula Deen’s use of the N-word stirred controversy. Food historian Michael Twitty wrote an open letter to Deen criticizing her appropriation and misinterpretation of African-American culinary tradition. Twitty will cook and speak about his work at Historic Stagville Plantation's Harvest Festival in Durham this Saturday, September 7th.  

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