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Celebrate African American Culture! 

This month, we partnered with communities, museums and scholars to explore and celebrate African American history, art and culture in North Carolina.

Keep reading for heritage highlights, unique opportunities and stellar news.

Featured Events


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)


Mark your calendars!

The African American Cultural Celebration returns to the
North Carolina Museum of History on
Saturday, January 27, 2018. 

NCAAHC on the Road

Uplifting Voices

We partnered with the President James K. Polk State Historic Site and The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture for Slave Dwelling Project Weekend on September 29th and 30th.

The weekend helped folks from Charlotte, and beyond, consider how the legacies of U.S. slavery shape our present. The weekend also shed light on the daily lives of African Americans who were enslaved in Mecklenburg County.

Slave Dwelling Project Weekend featured a dinner and keynote address by Mr. Joseph McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project; an overnight sleepover in a representative slave cabin; and "Inalienable Rights," a living history event produced by the Slave Dwelling Project and Charlotte-area historical interpreters.

For a glimpse into the cabin sleepover experience, check out this article from the Charlotte Observer
Images courtesy of Jennifer Farley.

Seeking Freedom

In early October, our Chair, Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, and our Executive Director, Michelle Lanier, participated in the North Carolina Women of the Underground Railroad Symposium

Hosted by the Museum of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City), this symposium brought scholars together to discuss how African American women from North Carolina sought freedom along the sites and landscapes that shaped the Underground Railroad.

Fittingly, the symposium was held directly across from the Pasquotank River: a Freedom Roads site, and the first river to be designated as a Network to Freedom site by the National Park Service. 

How Jazzy!

On October 7th,
we celebrated Thelonious Monk's 100th birthday in the city where he was born: Rocky Mount.

The Phoenix Historical Society, Around the Y, city and county representatives, and Rocky Mount residents were joined by some of Monk's relatives and his biographer, Robin D.G. Kelly, for the celebration. 

After a ceremony and historical marker unveiling near the site of Monk's birthplace, the celebration continued with a panel discussion, a screening of "Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser," and a lively concert at the Booker T. Washington Theatre.  

Celebrating Oberlin

On October 15th, we attended the unveiling of a historical marker for Oberlin Village, a historic African American community located in Raleigh. Oberlin Village is also home to an iconic African American cemetery. 

Time Sensitive Opportunities

Apply Today
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Interpretation Workshop
January 28-February 3, 2018 | Charleston, SC

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, in partnership with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and the National Association for Interpretation, is seeking applicants for this unique professional development opportunity.

Applications are due by November 8, 2017.
To learn more about the workshop, or to apply, visit:

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

Singer and musician Rhiannon Giddens, a North Carolina Native, was recently awarded a $625,000 "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation. 
Read More

In Memoriam

James Reaves

Want to share African American heritage events, milestones or news from your community, or from around the state? Email us!
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