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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

For generations, people in North Carolina have used spaces and places to organize, strategize and protest to advance the civil rights of people of color, especially African Americans. It is here that young people—from Raleigh to Durham, from Elizabeth City to Greensboro—were activated to protest racial injustice. It is here where everyday people from Rocky Mount, to Robeson and Halifax Counties resisted oppression and intimidation. Leaders like Dovey Roundtree, Pauli Murray and Golden Frinks called our state home. 

In honor of this work, we will join communities across the state to physically mark sites critical to the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina. Between 2021 and 2023, we will place 50 markers in counties across the state, highlighting and acknowledging tireless civil rights efforts that are well known and, in some cases, unsung.
Interested in learning more about the trail? 
Register now and join us for an in person informational session this fall!
  • October 11 
    • 11:30am-12:30pm, Goldsboro, Wayne County Public Library  Registration
  • October 17 
    • 10:30am-11:30am, Jacksonville, Onslow County Public Library Registration
  • October 26 
    • 11:00am-12:00pm, Fayetteville, Headquarters Library - Registration
  • November 18 
    • 10:30am-11:30am, Charlotte, Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library Registration
Don't see a session in your community?  More locations are coming soon!

Newly Launched!  Resources for
Cultural Heritage Practitioners

The NC African American Heritage Commission's "Heritage Practitioner Resource Library" includes a range of practical resources and digital professional development content to support and strengthen African American public humanities practitioners that lead, work in, and volunteer in or with history museums, house museums, historic sites, and cultural centers that interpret African American history; and grassroots groups, nonprofits, and advocates that preserve African American neighborhoods, historic properties and cultural spaces.  Resources include: 
  • Webinars - Featuring both our 2022 "Growing Our Griots: Strengthening North Carolina's Black Heritage Keepers" and 2020-2021 "Sustaining NC's African American Heritage Institutions During COVID-19" webinar series.  Webinars are designed to respond to the needs of our stakeholders as they navigate the pandemic and beyond as they work to grow and sustain their cultural assets.  These series leverage the expertise of public humanities practitioners within North Carolina and across the country.
  • Technical Leaflets - Designed to offer practical guidance and actionable steps as practitioners seek to meet a diversity of African American heritage centered goals.  They are written by expert public humanities practitioners from across the state and country.
Heritage Practitioner Resource Library

Call for Artists Deadline Approaching!
The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and its partner, the North Carolina Museum of Art, are seeking a community-engaged artist for Africa to Carolina, a semi-finalist project of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Inclusive Public Art Initiative. The artist will collaborate with communities to design a public art piece commemorating the lives and lasting legacies of those who disembarked from the African continent onto North Carolina’s coastal shores.
October 7, 2022 deadline

For additional information about this process, please visit our website.
Call for Artists

The NC African American Heritage Commission works to achieve the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina's African American history, art, and culture, for all people.

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