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Black History Month

The American fairy tales and folklore are Indian and African; and, all in all, we black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness.

Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Durghardt), 1868-1963
The Souls of Black Folk from The Gutenberg Project.

Documenting the American South

Documenting the American 

Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. The Academic Affairs Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sponsors DAS, and as of November 2003, DAS includes 1,253 books and manuscripts. Two significant DAS projects related to African-American history are their North American Slave Narratives and the Church in the Southern Black Community.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1718-1820

Afro-Louisiana History 
and Genealogy.

In 1984, a professor at Rutgers University stumbled upon a trove of historic data in a courthouse in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Over the next 15 years, Dr. Gwendolyn Midlo Hall, a noted New Orleans writer and historian, painstakingly uncovered the background of 100,000 slaves who were brought to Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries making fortunes for their owners. The Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy 1699 - 1820 is a user-friendly, searchable, online database freely accessible to the public.

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History

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The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History as part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill works to encourage and support the critical examination of all dimensions of African-American and African diaspora cultures through sustained and open discussion, dialogue and debate. The Stone Center strives to enhance the intellectual and socio-cultural climate not only at UNC but also in the greater community. The Stone Center works with numerous departments and units of the University to help promote thoughtful examination of a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.

SNCC 1960-1966: Six years of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

A right to vote.

On February 1, 1960, a group of black college students from North Carolina A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina where they had been denied service. This sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across the South. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC (pronounced "snick"), was created on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh two months later to coordinate these sit-ins, support their leaders, and publicize their activities. This site covers the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from its birth in 1960 to 1966, when John Lewis was replaced by Stokely Carmichael as chairman, and explores such events as sit-ins, the Freedom Rides and Freedom Summer.

Mostly Menfolk and a Woman or Two:
A Virtual Exhibit of 18th and 19th Century African-American Literature

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This project spotlights some of the fascinating early African-American writers whose work is collected in the University of North Carolina libraries. The University of North Carolina houses a diverse collection of works by many pioneering African-American writers. David Walker and Anna Julia Cooper confronted the cultural domination, bigotry and stereotypes of the times in their courageous political works. Charles Chesnutt's fiction and the poetry of George Moses Horton, the "Black Bard of North Carolina" are literary reactions to the same harsh society. Charlotte Hawkins Brown, a noted educator and writer, and Omar ibn Said, an educated man who spoke and wrote in Arabic prior to being brought to America as a slave, show the depth and breadth of learning among early African-Americans.

The Fela Project

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The Fela Project is a multimedia project that explores and commemorates the influence of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat musician and Human Rights activist who died of AIDS-related illness in 1997. The project centers on an exhibition of Fela-related artifacts and new works by premier contemporary artists who have been inspired by Fela, and will be accompanied by concerts, symposia, a film series, an interactive web site with streaming video, and a fully illustrated publication with a diverse collection of essays.
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