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A monthly newsletter brought to you by the NC African American Heritage Commission sharing news, events, and information from North Carolina's history, art, and cultural organizations.
Programs + Events + Exhibits
Black August in the Park
Black August Weekend

A community celebration to creatively inspire and connect Black people. - August 26-28
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
"If We Had Not Loved Each Other...': Madam C.J. Walker and the Past, Present and Future of Black Generosity

 Wrap up Black Philanthropy Month 2022 with an in-person book-talk exploration of the historical roots of African American philanthropy, its power and impact today. This program will feature Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D., international award-winning author of Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy During Jim Crow. - August 30, 6pm-8:30pm
YMI Cultural Center

Goombay is a cultural expression of Black and Caribbean people, both music and rhythm were brought from Africa and the West Indies.  Goombay 2022 promises to be the biggest Caribbean African festival Asheville has ever seen! - September 2-4

Hayti Heritage Center
Hayti Neighborhood History Walking Tour: Special 130th Edition, 1891-2021

With Whistle Stop Tours - September 3, 10am
Image courtesy of the Historic Wilmington Foundation

Historic Wilmington Foundation
Hell of a Night: A Reading & Rendezvous

Featuring Jason Mott, author of Hell of a Book (winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction).  Proceeds will benefit the restoration of Wilmington's historic Giblem Lodge. - September 3, 7pm-9pm

African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County
13th Annual African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County

The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County is an annual celebration of African American culture as expressed through art, music, food and community. The festival has become Raleigh's premiere destination for teaching, sharing, and celebrating the distinctive folk and cultural traditions of African Americans here in North Carolina and from around the world. - September 3-4

Friends of John Coltrane, Inc.
John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

The 11th annual festival held over the Labor Day Weekend!  Featuring the Wachovia Winds, Marlow Rosado, Larry McCray, Patti LaBelle, and more.
 - September 3-4

NC State Capitol
The Hannibal Guards: A U.S. Colored Troops Living History Group at the NC State Capitol

The North Carolina State Capitol historic site will host a weekend of living history with the Hannibal Guards, a Black military living history group. The Guards will portray Capt. George Willis’ Company H, 1st NC State Troops, who were stationed in Raleigh in 1870. - September 10 from 10am-5pm, September 11 from 10am-1pm
HBCUs Are More Relevant than Ever
Diverse - "When thinking about the role we all have in shaping our future, I need to lift up the role that Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have in shaping a more equitable future", St. Augustine's University President Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail.
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson awarded $500,000 grant
Coastal Review - The Revolutionary War-era Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow was recently awarded a $500,000 federal preservation grant.

Local HBCU seeks to repair buildings as students return to campus
WSOC-TV - College students from across the Carolinas are prepping for a new semester, and for the first time in years, officials at Barber–Scotia College in Concord said students will be back on campus.

The debut of 'Omar,' a thoroughly American opera
NPR - A new opera tells the true story of an enslaved man taken from his home in what is now Senegal and trafficked to South Carolina.

'Building dollhouse out of boxes was my forte' | She's now among the less than 1% of Black women architects in America
WFMYNews2 - Sharon Graeber is the architect behind the designs of churches, schools buildings and homes across Greensboro!
Professional Advancement Opportunities
NC AAHC - Explore available professional advancement opportunities for cultural heritage practitioners.  These include student, statewide, and national opportunities!  Current opportunities include:
  • Program Coordinator II, NC African American Heritage Commission
  • IMLS African American History Research Fellow, Gaston County Museum of Art & History
Forum Online Resources: Preservation and Inclusion
National Trust - Preservation Leadership Forum is a network of preservation leaders and colleagues! Forum provides and curates cutting-edge content, offers online and in-person networking opportunities, and brings diverse new perspectives to the business of saving places. Today we'd like to highlight some of the resources you can access around preservation and inclusion.

Regional Workshops: Community Collecting and Storytelling
 Need additional tools and inspiration for “When Are We US?” America 250 programming in your community? The State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), administered by the State Archives, is coordinating two FREE regional workshops in fall 2022, with three more planned in 2023. Gather with cultural heritage practitioners and community organization leaders in your area to learn about hosting community scanning days, collecting oral histories, and developing exhibits and programs to tell compelling stories from the materials you collect.
Instructors: David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator, UNC-G Libraries; John Horan, State Archives Oral Historian; and State Archives outreach staff and partners
Workshops will be 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and include lunch.
  • September 23Pack Memorial Library, Asheville. Register. (Note that paid parking is adjacent and free parking is available 3 blocks away.)
  • October 24Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem. Register
  • Three additional workshops will be scheduled in 2023 for Triangle and Coastal Plain locations.
Participants may receive $20 stipends to offset travel costs, while funds last. (State employees are welcome but not eligible.) Funding for these workshops is provided through a state board programming grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission.
Questions? Contact Brooke Csuka.

“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”

― John Coltrane

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