There are two events of note on the events calendar this week. First, on Wednesday the Triangle Labor and Civil Rights Working Group and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies are co-sponsoring a showing of Victory at Moncure Plywood, the story of the recent strike at the Moncure, North Carolina, plywood factory as told by the workers themselves. Then, on Friday, the Frankling Humanities Institute will be holding the one day symposium “Histories and Humanities at HBCU,” which will include lectures and an exhibit in memory of John Hope Franklin. For more details on these events, please visit the events calendar.
Monthly Archive for April, 2009
Where should long civil rights movement scholarship go from here?
We at the Southern Oral History Program are in the midst of planning our next interviewing initiatives and are drawing on what we learned at the conference to help us make sure that the first-person sources we create will be useful to scholars and will help to push the field forward in productive ways. So we are especially eager to have your suggestions along those lines. Our plan in general is to do a few more interviews on our themes of race and the public schools and economic justice campaigns and then to turn to issues of women and gender. In the light of your own work and your sense of where the field is going, which topics, people, stories should we pursue?
Use the comments function to share your thoughts. Thanks for your input!
The education conference hosted by UNC’s Center for Civil Rights (CCR) took place on April 2, 2009, the day before the Long Civil Rights Movement Conference hosted by the Southern Oral History Program. Entitled “Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation,” the conference presented a multidisciplinary set of panels aimed at translating academic studies into practical advice for activists, policymakers, and education professionals as schools all over the United States—especially in the South—resegregate. The CCR has just released videos of the entire conference, including every panel and the keynote.
The following highlights, while not a comprehensive report on this well-planned conference, are intended to offer a taste of what took place and a brief introduction to the videos. The CCR, the LCRM project team, and the University of North Carolina Press are working on making the papers available online and in book form in the future.
Congratulations to our Southern Oral History Program partners for a tremendous conference! (See the Conference section of this website for details on the Long Civil Rights Movement Conference held at UNC on Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4. All of the sessions made substantial efforts to propose changes to the ways in which the story of the civil rights movement is traditionally understood and taught, and the question-and-answer sessions were lengthy and lively. Several attendees said it was the best conference they had ever attended, and they hoped to carry on the discussions sparked by the sessions.
The LCRM project partners are working on some ways to follow up. Possibilities include posting video excerpts from the sessions online and sharing summaries of our notes. Also, watch this space for notes on the Center for Civil Rights education conference held on April 2 and on the digital history workshop for panelists that we held at the end of the LCRM conference on Saturday.