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Hello October!

Take time this month to explore North Carolina's rich African American history, arts and culture! Keep reading to learn about exciting events across our state. 

Featured Events

North Carolina Women of the Underground Railroad Symposium
October 5-7 | Museum of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City) 
Free, Pre-registration required

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Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration
October 7, Rocky Mount

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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Runway Fashion Show & Dance Party
October 28, 8:00 PM
NC Museum of Art (east building)
$25 (members) | $30 (non-members)


Events throughout the State 

21st Annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Presents:
I Am Not Your Negro

October 5 | 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh) | Free, ticket required 

Chavis Park Celebrates
October 7 | 12:00-6:00 PM 
John Chavis Memorial Park (Raleigh) | Free admission
Event tip: Bring lawn chairs and cash for food trucks!

Diaspora Film Festival Community Screening 
Every Cook Can Govern: The Life, Impact & Work of C.L.R. James

October 12 | 7:00-9:00 PM 
Hayti Heritage Center (Durham) | Free, RSVP preferred
Presented by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at UNC 

4th Annual African Americans in Western North Carolina
&Southern Appalachia Conference

October 19-21
Hosted by UNC Asheville | Free

Ranky Tanky Concert
October 19 | 7:30 PM 
Kenan Auditorium, UNC Wilmington 
Presented by the Upperman African American Cultural Center in partnership with UNCW Office of the Arts
Event tip: This quintet performs music inspired by Sea Island Gullah culture.

Flying Above the Clouds of Adversity: Screening of Red Tail Reverend
October 20 | 6:00 PM 
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (Charlotte)
Free, registration required
Event tips: A panel discussion will follow the film screening. Tuskeegee Airman Alexander Jefferson will be one of the evening's featured guests. 

Fall Crafts and Crop Day
October 21 | 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Somerset Place (Creswell) | $2.00 (12 & under), $4.00 (12+)

Harvest Festival
October 21 | 12:00-6:00 PM
Historic Stagville (Durham) | $5.00 per person, $15 family rate
Event tip: Drum circle and bonfire with Kwabena Osei Appiagyei at 5:00 PM.

Fall Day
October 28 | 9:00-5:00 PM
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum (Gibsonville) | Free (donations appreciated)
Event tip: Guided tours will take place at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM.

October HBCU Homecomings

It's Homecoming season!
Will you be celebrating with your classmates this month? 

Celebrations appear in order of occurrence. Click on institution name for additional details.
October 29-November 5

Time Sensitive Opportunities 

Paid Internships with the National Park Service
Spring 2018 Internships

The National Park Service is seeking interns for the Spring 2018 semester. To be eligible, prospective interns must be enrolled in an academic program in historic preservation or a related field, or be a recent graduate (December 2016 or later). Internship stipends will range from $4,800 to $18,000.

For a list of available internships, and for full application instructions, visit:

To access the internship application, click here.

Applications are due by October 22, 2017.

Call for Proposals
Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration 
April 23-25, 2018 | The Carolina Theatre | Durham

The Black Communities Conference is seeking proposals from community stakeholders, scholars, researchers, and students.

Proposals are due by November 14, 2017.
To learn more about the conference, or to submit your proposal, visit:

NC African American Heritage in the News

There have been some exciting developments related to Nina Simone's birthplace in Tryon!

Read more
Are you familiar with George Moses Horton? Read more about the phenomenal poet, and a learn of a groundbreaking discovery. 
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Do  you have memories of traveling during the Jim Crow Era? Share them with us!
Want to share African American heritage events, milestones or news from your community, or from around the state? Email us!
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