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UNC Centers

Kirk Ross posted some of his thoughts about the recent UNC system center closings. Here are some of his observations:

Although passed by consensus vote, during discussions Tuesday there was a split over the at least some recommendations including one tense exchange over the decision not to close Chapel Hill’s Center for Civil Rights, which is based at the law school.

BOG member Steven Long and Center for Civil Rights director Ted Shaw

It's Still the Stupid Party

The GOP is in full blown meltdown right now. Four responses to the State of the Union? Yah ... these guys would like to relitigate the membership list in the union.

Section 8 Housing Crisis Update

I am actively seeking help to address this problem. As I wrote before, we are looking at the possibility a lot of newly homeless folk in Orange County. The best information I have says that the GSC decision to kick people out violates HUD, and we need to file a complaint. I don't know how to do this, but if you do, or know someone who can help, please contact me, or come to the meeting on August 2nd at the Human Rights Center in Carrboro at 4pm. 

Section 8 Housing

Jose knows someone at the HUD office in Raleigh, and today I talked with two people in the national office. They said that we have grounds for filling a report.. Here is the exact wording -

Section 8 Housing

Multiple strains on Section 8 housing are creating major worry for those who depend on affordable housing in Orange County. 

The recent floods are perhaps receiving the most news coverage.

Civil Rights in Chapel Hill Weekend

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center has spearheaded a whole weekend of civil rights celebrations in Chapel Hill. There are a ton of great events going on, I hope you can check some of them out.


 Civil Rights in Chapel Hill Celebration Weekend
November 1-3



James Wallace, Keynote Address, Photographic Angles: News Photography in the North Carolina Collection

5:00 p.m. Reception and exhibition, North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library, UNC Campus
5:30 p.m. Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, UNC Campus

Photographer Jim Wallace shares insights from his career as a photojournalist, which began in Chapel Hill when he was a student staff photographer for The Daily Tar Heel in the early 1960s. Photos of civil rights action in Chapel Hill comprise his new book Courage in the Moment: The Civil Rights Struggle, 1961-1964. For 25 years, Wallace served as director of Imaging and Photographic Services at the Smithsonian Institution.

Presented by the Center for the Study of the American South as part of its 2012-2013 James A. Hutchins Lecture Series



Continuing the Struggle: Students Making History Now with Professor Tim McMillan

12:00 p.m. UNC Campus Y

 UNC students will discuss their role in making change on campus, across the street, and around the world today. What are UNC students’ particular rights, privileges, and responsibilities? What blocks or enables effective action today? What does it mean to be a student-activist? Tim McMillan, professor in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies and leader of the Black and Blue historical tour of the UNC campus will facilitate and comment. We invite you to bring lunch. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by United with the Northside Community-NOW


These Were Real People – The Civil Rights History Project, a film showing

3:00 p.m. The Love House & Hutchins Forum, UNC Campus

In 2010, the Southern Oral History Program went national, interviewing civil rights movement veterans from California to New York for the Civil Rights History Project. These interviews reveal a civil rights movement—diverse, complex, and deeply personal—that persists to this day. The interviews, recorded on video, will be available to the public this fall in the Library of Congress. Until then, we’d like to share this short history of the movement through the voices of those who participated in it. Mandated by an Act of Congress in 2009, the Civil Rights History Project is a joint endeavor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The video is approximately 26 minutes long, and concessions (popcorn and soft drinks) will be offered at the door.

Presented by the Southern Oral History Program at UNC


Witness to Rights: an interactive exhibit of photos by Jim Wallace

presented by the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History

4:30 p.m. Exhibit Opening, 2nd floor, St. Joseph CME Church

Exhibit continues Saturday 11:00-3:00 and Sunday 10:00-3:00

Fifty years after the major civil rights action in Chapel Hill, Wallace returned to learn the names of the people featured in his photographs. Now the pictures are coming home again, and we need your help to tell their stories. Who or what do you recognize in the photos? What were you or your father, mother, sister, cousin, pastor, friend doing at the time a photo was taken? What do you think about what these pictures show? This exhibit needs your participation: please come listen, tell, write, reflect, and enjoy. Copies of Courage in the Moment will be on sale at a discounted rate, with a big thanks to Bull’s Head Bookstore.

Presented by the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History



Still Walking for Justice – A Durham to Chapel Hill Walk to commemorate the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation

10:00 a.m. Send-off Rally in Durham, Corner of W. Chapel Hill and Carroll Streets

3:30 p.m. Welcome Rally in Chapel Hill, Corner of N. Columbia and Rosemary Streets

Nine teams of women will be making the walk from the Pauli Murray Historic Marker in Durham to the Journey of Reconciliation Historic Marker in Chapel Hill. The Journey of Reconciliation is considered the First Freedom Ride, when nine white and black men used non-violent direct action to test the 1946 Supreme Court Ruling desegregating interstate bus travel. This walk is for the women that were not allowed to walk in 1947, as well as local women activists who devoted their lives to advancing equality and freedom. 

Led by the Pauli Murray Project and NBJC Bayard Rustin Centennial Project


The Black Church and the Freedom Struggle with Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr., Senior Bishop of the CME Church

1:00 p.m. St. Joseph CME Church

The Black church played an integral role in the civil rights movement during the 1960s. It provided both a safe space for rejuvenation as well as inspiration. What is the role of the Black church today? What stands should the church take on the continuing civil rights movement? Local and visiting clergy will share testimony about their experiences in ministries of liberation and change. Please come join in one of the most crucial conversations that we can have at this moment in U.S. history. Light refreshments and informal conversation to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

This event has been made possible by a generous donation by the Department of Religious Studies at UNC and the support of Pastor Lavisha Williams and St. Joseph CME Church.


Civil Rights Celebration Dinner featuring the Sacrificial Poets and comments by rising and resilient leaders

4:30 p.m Hargraves Recreation Center

You are cordially invited to join us in honor of people fighting for rights across our history! We’ll eat great food and revel in justice made and yet to come.



Rebecca Clark Honorary Electoral Drive

Longtime Pine Knolls resident and member at St. Paul’s, Rebecca Clark was renowned for her fierce commitment to achieving and using rights, not the least among them: the right to vote. In her honor, sign up now for rides to your voting location. Young people will be at every event, ready to help you make transportation plans for yourself, neighbors, and family members. Every vote counts. We can get you there!

Sponsored by the UNC Young Democrats


Living Memories Telling Stations

Have you ever marched for justice? What actually happened at Colonial Drug? What was it like to be a child or teenager during the early 60s in Chapel Hill, Carrboro? What do you think about desegregation now? What stories can you tell about the fight for rights in Chapel Hill? What’s your passion for change today?

Make YOUR story part of OUR history.

Find the telling station at each event. Take as little or as much time as you like to tell what you remember, feel, and think about local freedom struggles. Bring along a friend and share stories about yesterday and today for tomorrow.

Sponsored by United with the Northside Community-NOW 


Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 5:00pm to Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 5:00pm


UNC campus, downtown Chapel Hill, & Northside



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This Week in Orange Politics

It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.

CHALT and the Sierra Club/Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce/WCHL will hold candidate forums for Chapel Hill candidates.

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