Community Book Forum: The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature

The Carrboro Cybrary and Carrboro Recreation and Parks invite the community to celebrate Black History Month with a discussion of The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature led by the editor, UNC-Chapel Hill Distinguished Professor of English, William L. Andrews.  Copies of the anthology can be borrowed from the Carrboro Cybrary.

"The first African American to publish a book in the South, the author of the first female slave narrative in the United States, the father of black nationalism in America--these and other founders of African American literature have a surprising connection to one another: they all hailed from the state of North Carolina.

This collection of poetry, fiction, autobiography, and essays showcases some of the best work of eight influential African American writers from North Carolina during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In his introduction, William L. Andrews explores the reasons why black North Carolinians made such a disproportionate contribution (in quantity and lasting quality) to African American literature as compared to that of other southern states with larger African American populations. The authors in this anthology parlayed both the advantages and disadvantages of their North Carolina beginnings into sophisticated perspectives on the best and the worst of which humanity, in both the South and the North, was capable. They created an African American literary tradition unrivaled by that of any other state in the South.

Writers included here are Charles W. Chesnutt, Anna Julia Cooper, David Bryant Fulton, George Moses Horton, Harriet Jacobs, Lunsford Lane, Moses Roper, and David Walker."  ~ Book Description from UNC Press

"This important anthology shows that North Carolina produced a remarkable, indeed unmatched record of black authorship throughout the nineteenth century. . . . Even if these eight writers were not North Carolinians, a collection of their writings makes for a compelling display of diverse African American literary expression during the first decades after slavery. The fact that these writers were all North Carolinians makes the volume even more impressive, as it points to the fact that they were all shaped by the cultural forces of this particular state during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval."  ~ Lucinda H. MacKethan, North Carolina State University


Friday, February 20, 2009 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm


Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.

Missing Ms. Clark

It's just starting to sink in that I'll never see Rebecca Clark again.  The last I saw her was just before the holidays, and she was as strong and firm and loving as always.  I'm glad that's my last memory but regret that I didn't know her better and never followed up on my intention to take her out for lunch to just talk. 

I bet that lots of you have Ms. Clark stories and wonder if you would share them...

[Note: Long-time community activist and anchor Rebecca Clark passed away this weekend. (N&O 1/6/09) -Ed.]

Nov 11 Calendar and Veteran's Day

I was just reminded today is Veterans Day, so I immeadiately contacted my stepson who is an Iraq War Vet. Then I looked on OP to post a calendar event and saw that two very special events were taking place tonight, both topics of which I have strong personal and professional interest.

However, I was also disapointed that Vets Day was chosen as the day for these events. A lot of social injustice and other problems have been committed by our military, but I think it would be good to set aside this day as a day to focus on the justice needs of Vets, rather than -- or at least in addition to -- what these two events are about.

Centennial Art History Timeline of CHC Schools

Via e-mail:

CHCCS to hold Art History Timeline

Students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have been drawing and painting remembrances of the school district’s 100-year history in anticipation of the Centennial Art History Timeline.  The art show will open to the public on Wednesday, November 5, from 6-8 pm at Lincoln Center .

Guests will enter Lincoln Center and discover a “time warp” that will transport them back in time.  They will then view works of art in chronological order that were created by students in the district’s schools and after-school programs.  Events to be depicted include the opening of the district's 17 schools, various developments in school desegregation and a fire that destroyed Chapel Hill High School in 1942.

In addition to the visual art, students from the district’s drama and music programs also will be on hand.  Drama students will transform themselves into characters from the district history in a “wax museum” format to greet guests.  Students from music combos at the district’s three high schools will perform in the Boardroom, where refreshments will be served.  The district’s Centennial Video will play in the Superintendent’s Conference Room, and displays of books for the upcoming Centennial Book Chat will be available for review.


The event is being produced by Arts Coordinator Theresa Grywalski and the Centennial Planning Committee.  The show is free and open to the public.



Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm


Lincoln Center, 750 Merrit Mill Road, Chapel Hill

Town Treasures Exhibit closes

Via e-mail:

October 2 to November 30
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Chapel Hill Museum
The Chapel Hill Historical Society has unveiled the charter class of its new "Town Treasures" commemorations. Town Treasures are outstanding senior citizens who have made and/or documented Chapel Hill-Carrboro history. Their contributions and examples help us to link the past with the present. Each portrait, captured by award-winning local photographer Catharine Carter captures a Town Treasure in their homes or a location that reflects their contributions to our community. The Museum is located at 523 East Franklin Street. Call (919) 967-1400. 


Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 2:30pm


Chapel Hill Museum, 523 E. Franklin St.



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