The Conversation

Playwright Howard Craft on a Changing Durham

January 16, 2018 • Karla Slocum

We love this opinion piece by Durham native and award-winning playwright, Howard Craft. He shares his experience growing up in Durham and details the city’s spaces that were important of his formative years and professional development of his family and him.  Ultimately, we believe he gets to the heart of why Durham —it’s history, institutions, […]


Dr. Pearlie Dove and Educational Equity

December 18, 2017 • Mark Little

Black communities have long faced educational inequalities and many have advocated for equity and resources for Black students and schools, and what is today often called “ the academic achievement gap.” An interview with Dr. Pearlie Dove  engages these themes.  Dove was an African American woman and an educator at Clark College (later Clark-Atlanta University) […]


Family Pictures USA!

December 14, 2017 • Mark Little

Family Pictures USA is a television series & transmedia project that explores neighborhoods & cities through the lens of the family photo album. Hosted by Thomas Allen Harris, this public television series enlarges our understanding of history, our diversity, and our shared values.  Community Photo Share Guests bring their favorite photos – digital or print […]


Four Months to Go!

December 13, 2017 • Karla Slocum

We began planning Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration last April.  Over the course of these past eight months, we have been excited by the prospects of what could materialize out of our planning.  Our hope? A unique event that brings together hundreds of people from diverse personal and professional backgrounds who all share a […]


Soulfood and Black Foodways

December 4, 2017 • bc

Caption for photo: Photo of Ms. Mamie Barnes, taken by interviewer Kimber Thomas. The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) collection of interviews includes many interviews about soul food and Black foodways.  For example, in March 2015, SOHP field scholar Kimber Thomas conducted an interview with Mamie Barnes in Hinds County, Mississippi. At the time, Ms. […]


Remembering Black Main Streets

November 20, 2017 • bc

In 2002 and 2003, the Southern Oral History Program (SOHP) conducted a series of interviews on “Remembering Black Main Streets,” focused on Savannah, GA, Jacksonville, FL, and Greensboro, NC.  Business owners and residents reflected on changes in southern Black businesses in the wake of urban renewal and desegregation.  All interviews are held in the SOHP […]


African-American Credit Unions

November 6, 2017 • bc

During the Jim Crow era when it was nearly impossible for Black people to get a loan from white-run banks, African American community leaders established their own credit unions as an alternative means of saving and borrowing money.  The first African American credit union in North Carolina was founded in 1918.  The number continued to […]


Election Season: Annie Brown Kennedy, Black Voting Rights and Black Elected Officials

October 24, 2017 • bc

Election Season: Annie Brown Kennedy, Black Voting Rights and Black Elected Officials “…[W]e have not acquired full freedom.  The movement continues…even though at this point it appears that we have access to a few more opportunities, we are not yet full citizens in terms of our definition of what a full citizen is or should be. […]


The Fillmore Boys School in 1877

October 23, 2017 • bc

By Mishio Yamanaka The Fillmore Boys School in 1877 is a digital mapping project that visualizes the public school segregation process at the end of Reconstruction in New Orleans, Louisiana. Using the Fillmore School register from 1877, the project traces how African American communities resisted segregation.   The Fillmore School Building ca. 1900s (renamed as […]


Where are the memories? Exploring Black Community Archives

October 16, 2017 • bc

By Chaitra M. Powell, African American Collections and Outreach Archivist at UNC Chapel Hill   October is officially National Archives Month. Many libraries and archives will be launching social media campaigns and sponsoring programs that highlight their special collections and encourage people to learn more about why archives are so important. The archival landscape reflects […]


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