In celebration of Black History Month, Central Piedmont Library is sponsoring “Black Migrations: A Town Hall Meeting – Who, Where, When and Why.”
February 19, 2019; 10:30 a.m. – noon
Central Campus, Library, Room 302
Discussion moderated by Dr. Jennnifer Dixon-McKnight, assistant professor African-American History and United States History at Winthrop University
Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and new social realities. This theme focuses especially on the 20th century through today.
The Library is also hosting an exhibition using Jacob Lawrence, Migration Series. The exhibition is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of The Library.
CPCC Library is hosting a panel discussion for Black History Month entitled, “Crisis in Black Education.” The event will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at 11 a.m. in the Central Library Atrium on the second floor. The panel will include Tracy Moore, Dr. Ruby Jones, Attorney Harold Cogdell, Jr., Willie Williams, Somto Chukwu Chilo Ilo and Isaiah Phifer. Students are welcome to attend.
Join us as Dr. Felecia Harris, Ph.D. explores how black women in this generation have used “the personal is still political” theme to advance activism, feminism and women’s movements. Dr. Harris will examine how national black feminist organizations, the Black Church and the Hip Hop culture have helped strengthen the black woman’s voice in our society.
In celebration of Black History Month, the CPCC Diversity Committee is pleased to present guest speaker Dr. Felecia Harris, Ph.D. who teaches in the Women’s Studies Program and Africana Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her teaching and research areas include: gender issues in sports, education, hip hop culture, African American women, health, sexuality and pop culture. She is the author of “Black Sexuality & Health: Exploring issues of race, gender, sex and health in the 21st century” (Spring 2014).
February 18, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tate Hall, Overcash Center
In honor of Black History Month, the Diversity Committee would like to present the following “Little Known Black History Facts:”
February was chosen as Black History Month largely because two important birthdays occur in February—that of Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, and that of Frederick Douglass, an early African American abolitionist.
After African-American performer Josephine Baker expatriated to France, she famously smuggled military intelligence to French allies during World War II. She did this by pinning secrets inside her dress, as well as hiding them in her sheet music.
African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the bride of future President John F. Kennedy.
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall said that he was punished for misbehavior in school by being forced to recite the Constitution, ultimately memorizing it.
Little Known Black History Facts:
Thomas Day: Father of the North Carolina Furniture Industry
Thomas Day (1801-1861), a free African-American cabinetmaker (fine furniture maker) and businessman, lived and worked in Caswell County, North Carolina from the early 1820′s until he disappeared from the records in 1861. By 1850, he had the largest furniture business in the state. A great deal of his furniture has survived and is cherished today in private homes and museums primarily in North Carolina and Virginia. Day’s life opens a window into a world most Americans know little about: 19th-century African-American history, and especially the experience of the small percentage of African Americans who were not enslaved, who were known as “free people of color” or “free blacks.”
Thomas Day is at once anomalous and representative of the antebellum free black experience. The fact that such an extraordinary figure in business and in American decorative arts could have lain in obscurity for as long as he did, makes him a symbol of the many African Americans who anonymously contributed to American history and culture. In the words of historian Ira Berlin, “Day and many other antebellum African Americans refused to accept the hand that was being dealt to them.” Fortunately, like Thomas Day, many of these unsung heroes are now being brought out of the shadows.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx gave a Black History Month presentation at Levine Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 27. A graduate of West Charlotte High School who went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Davidson College, Mayor Foxx talked about how the civil rights era has affected his own education and development. Following
Mayor Anthony Foxx
two terms on City Council as an At-Large Representative, Foxx became the youngest mayor in the city’s history and its second African-American mayor when he was elected in 2009. He was re-elected to a second term in 2011.
He discussed his vision for Charlotte and how he has focused on strengthening Charlotte’s economy by developing a 21st century infrastructure system to support the country’s fastest-growing urban area, establishing the city as an international energy hub, and creating an environment in which small businesses and entrepreneurs can thrive.
He answered questions from a very engaged audience of CPCC students, including American Government, sociology, and communications classes; Anthony Foxx Scholars; MAN UP students; and Student Government Association members. Photos can be seen here.
Don’t miss, “A Conversation with the Delany Sisters,” adapted from Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” to celebrate Black History Month at CPCC. The play stars Lillie Ann Oden as Bessie and Corlis A. Hayes as Sadie. Corlis
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is also the director of the play; musical accompaniment by Larry Fitz, and post-show discussion facilitated by Calvin Walton, member of the CPCC Diversity Committee. Admission is FREE!
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Tate Hall, Overcash Building
Sponsors: CPCC Library and Student Services
Join the Office of Student Life throughout the month of February for events honoring the movements, traditions and legacies of African-Americans. For more information about Black History Month events at your campus and to share your thoughts about
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black history, please visit the Student Life blog.