Monthly Archive for February, 2010

March Events

Here’s a quick look at the upcoming events in March from the LCRM events calendar.

For more details on these events please visit either the event’s website or the LCRM event calendar.

If you have an event you would like to see posted on the calendar, please send us an e-mail.

Platon’s Civil Rights Portfolio

The latest issue of the New Yorker features a portfolio of photographs by the British photographer Platon. The portfolio, accompanied by text written by David Remnick, includes photographs of the Little Rock Nine, members of the Greensboro Four, members of SNCC, and relatives of Medgar Evers.

Emmett Till's cousins, who were with him when he was seized.

Emmett Till's cousins, who were with him when he was seized.

It pairs these images with historic photographs of iconic civil rights leaders like Ella Baker and Fred Shuttlesworth. In the context of a movement whose success owes a debt to the power of the visual image, it is a remarkable and moving series of photographs. And in the white-haired heads and wrinkled hands of living civil rights movement veterans, we are reminded that the movement, though it can seem part of a distant past, endures.

Excellent New Book Website

Kudos to the authors of To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America, Bob Korstad and Jim Leloudis. They have put together an ideal website for a book that is intended to do good work in the world.

See especially the tab connecting the site to our LCRM project; the social networking tools and invitation to N.C. Fund veterans to participate; the news feed on the subject of poverty from the U.S. Census Bureau; and the clear navigational tools throughout the site. Continue reading ‘Excellent New Book Website’

New New South Lecture Series

Not a typo. North Carolina State University is kicking off a lecture series that will, in their words, examine the economic, social, and cultural forces that have shaped–and are shaping–the South. Scheduled talks are below (first one’s today!), and visit the site to register and learn more.

Partnering Transformation: Challenges of a Public/Private Partnership
Dr. Steven Leath, vice president for research for the UNC system and CEO of the David H. Murdock Research Institute
NCRC, Kannapolis, February 23, 6:00 p.m.

North Carolina Workers and the Industrial South
Dr. David Zonderman, professor and associate department head in history at NC State University
D. H. Hill Library, NC State University, March 4, 4 p.m.

Rising to the Research Challenge of the Twenty-first Century: The New Workforce
Panel consisting of Dr.Tom Miller; vice provost for distance education and learning technology, NC State; Donnie Goins, COO and president of Tavve Software Company; and Dr. Larry Monteith, former chancellor at NC State
D. H. Hill Library, NC State University, March 25, 4 p.m.
and NCRC, Kannapolis, April 8, 6 p.m.

Communities in Transition
Dr. Michael Walden, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State. He will be referencing his book North Carolina in the Connected Age: Challenges and Opportunities in a Globalizing Economy
D.H. Hill Library, NC State University, April 15, 4 p.m.

LCRM Visiting Scholars Series: Bryant Simon

Bryant Simon, Professor of History at Temple University, visited the Carolina campus earlier this month to give his talk, “Lattes in Magic Land: Starbucks and the Creative Class Appeal of Diversity.” Professor Simon’s talk was part of the LCRM Visiting Scholar Series, which has included talks by Harvard Sitkoff and Will Jones. Enjoy!

To Right These Wrongs

To Right These Wrongs:  The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America is a forthcoming book from the University of North Carolina Press, one of the four partners involved in the Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement project (the “LCRM project”).

Coinciding with the book’s official release in May 2010, the project team plans to make Chapter 4 available to the public online, accompanied by a commenting feature allowing the authors and readers to add annotations; link to primary sources, photographs, and oral histories; or contribute memories related to the narrative.  In this pivotal chapter, “An Army of the Poor,” the authors unfold the compelling story of how the N.C. Fund staff and volunteers began to knock on doors and encourage people to speak out in organized ways, resulting in both real accomplishment and powerful opposition. Continue reading ‘To Right These Wrongs’

Blogging The Ghost of Jim Crow

Over at PrawfsBlog the topic of conversation for their online book club is Anders Walker’s The Ghost of Jim Crow, a fascinating book on “moderate” southern governors resistance to desegregation. A number of historians, including Walker himself, will join the conversation.

From UNC Press: Ella Baker

UNC Press is remembering Ella Baker in the run-up to the 50th Anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. SNCC veterans will gather at Shaw University this April to celebrate.

The Southern Oral History Program has two interviews with Ella Baker online. Listen here (#1) and here (#2).

New Book: President of the Other America

Edward M. Schmitt’s new book on Robert Kennedy and the politics of poverty is out from UMass Press (h/t Mary Dudziak, via Ralph Luker). It’s not strictly LCRM-themed, but should provide important context for anyone interested in the anti-poverty activism of the 1960s and beyond. From the press:

According to Schmitt, Kennedy’s approach to the problem, although fueled by moral outrage, was primarily political. First as attorney general and later as senator from New York, he reached out not only to those on the margins of American society, but also to business leaders and political elites who recognized the threat poverty posed to the nation’s long-term stability. Guided by a communitarian vision of government, he believed that a coalition of the powerful and the powerless could strengthen local communities and link them into a new form of American federalism. Even though that vision was never realized, President of the Other America provides a revealing glimpse of the kind of president Robert Kennedy might have been.

Interactive Civil Rights Portfolio

In the February 15 issue of The New Yorker, there is a piece on the long civil rights movement called “Portfolio.”  It is an interactive presentation on the civil rights era, with contemporary portraits by Platon; click on any still photo and it will lead to some combination of historical photographs, interviews, or audio commentary.

David Remnick’s introduction ruminates on President Barack Obama’s relationship to the civil rights movement and eloquently points out that “the struggle, which remains unfinished, is immensely more diverse and complicated than the schoolbook version.”  (Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.)

Our “LCRM project” is intended to reveal some of that diversity and complexity.

Remnick continues, “Indeed, the struggle began with slave rebellions and fugitive churchmen; it has encompassed integrationists and nationalists, nonviolence and armed uprising, churchwomen and secular Third World liberationists, sharecroppers and intellectuals, heroes and eccentrics.”

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