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You're invited to Civil Rights in Chapel Hill Celebration Weekend!

Hi everyone!

This weekend, across campus and community, in Chapel Hill and stretching into Durham, we will be celebrating the struggle for rights across our local history.  Through meals, panel discussions, marches, interactive exhibits and more, we'll celebrate the triumphs of the movement and rejuvenate ourselves to continue its legacy.

Below is a full schedule of events, all concluding with a Celebration Dinner reuniting past and present activists.  We would love to see you, our gracious Backers, this weekend! 

With love,

Monica & Jackson Center Staff

Civil Rights in Chapel Hill Celebration Weekend
Thursday November 1 – Saturday November 3

All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday November 1

James Wallace, Keynote Address, Photographic Angles: News Photography in the North Carolina Collection

5:00 p.m. Reception and exhibition, North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library, UNC Campus
5:30 p.m. Program, Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, UNC Campus

Photographer Jim Wallace shares insights from his career as a photojournalist, which began in Chapel Hill when he was a student staff photographer for The Daily Tar Heel in the early 1960s. Photos of civil rights action in Chapel Hill comprise his new book Courage in the Moment: The Civil Rights Struggle, 1961-1964. For 25 years, Wallace served as director of Imaging and Photographic Services at the Smithsonian Institution.

Presented by the Center for the Study of the American South as part of its 2012-2013 James A. Hutchins Lecture Series

Friday November 2

Continuing the Struggle: Students Making History Now
with Professor Tim McMillan

12:00 p.m. UNC Campus Y

UNC students will discuss their role in making change on campus, across the street, and around the world today. What are UNC students’ particular rights, privileges, and responsibilities? What blocks or enables effective action today? What does it mean to be a student-activist? Tim McMillan, professor in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies and leader of the Black and Blue historical tour of the UNC campus will facilitate and comment. We invite you to bring lunch. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by United with the Northside Community-NOW

These Were Real People – The Civil Rights History Project, a film showing
3:00 p.m. The Love House & Hutchins Forum, UNC Campus

In 2010, the Southern Oral History Program went national, interviewing civil rights movement veterans from California to New York for the Civil Rights History Project. These interviews reveal a civil rights movement—diverse, complex, and deeply personal—that persists to this day. The interviews, recorded on video, will be available to the public this fall in the Library of Congress. Until then, we’d like to share this short history of the movement through the voices of those who participated in it. Mandated by an Act of Congress in 2009, the Civil Rights History Project is a joint endeavor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The video is approximately 26 minutes long, and concessions (popcorn and soft drinks) will be offered at the door.

Presented by the Southern Oral History Program at UNC

Witness to Rights: an interactive exhibit of photos by Jim Wallace
presented by the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History

4:30 p.m. Exhibit Opening, 2nd floor, St. Joseph CME Church
Exhibit continues Saturday 11:00-3:00 and Sunday 10:00-3:00

Fifty years after the major civil rights action in Chapel Hill, Wallace returned to learn the names of the people featured in his photographs. Now the pictures are coming home again, and we need your help to tell their stories. Who or what do you recognize in the photos? What were you or your father, mother, sister, cousin, pastor, friend doing at the time a photo was taken? What do you think about what these pictures show? This exhibit needs your participation: please come listen, tell, write, reflect, and enjoy. Copies of Courage in the Moment will be on sale at a discounted rate, with a big thanks to Bull’s Head Bookstore.

Presented by the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History

Saturday November 3

Still Walking for Justice – A Durham to Chapel Hill Walk
to commemorate the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation

10:00 a.m. Send-off Rally in Durham, Corner of W. Chapel Hill and Carroll Streets
3:30 p.m. Welcome Rally in Chapel Hill, Corner of N. Columbia and Rosemary Streets

Nine teams of women will be making the walk from the Pauli Murray Historic Marker in Durham to the Journey of Reconciliation Historic Marker in Chapel Hill. The Journey of Reconciliation is considered the First Freedom Ride, when nine white and black men used non-violent direct action to test the 1946 Supreme Court Ruling desegregating interstate bus travel. This walk is for the women that were not allowed to walk in 1947, as well as local women activists who devoted their lives to advancing equality and freedom.

Led by the Pauli Murray Project and NBJC Bayard Rustin Centennial Project

The Black Church and the Freedom Strugglewith Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr., Senior Bishop of the CME Church

1:00 p.m. St. Joseph CME Church

The Black church played an integral role in the civil rights movement during the 1960s. It provided both a safe space for rejuvenation as well as inspiration. What is the role of the Black church today? What stands should the church take on the continuing civil rights movement? Local and visiting clergy will share testimony about their experiences in ministries of liberation and change. Please come join in one of the most crucial conversations that we can have at this moment in U.S. history. Light refreshments and informal conversation to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

This event has been made possible with the support of Pastor Lavisha Williams and St. Joseph CME Church.

Civil Rights Celebration Dinner
featuring the Sacrificial Poets and comments by rising and resilient leaders

4:30 p.m Hargraves Recreation Center

You are cordially invited to join us in honor of people fighting for rights across our history! We’ll eat great food and revel in justice made and yet to come.


Rebecca Clark Honorary Electoral Drive

Longtime Pine Knolls resident and member at St. Paul’s, Rebecca Clark was renowned for her fierce commitment to achieving and using rights, not the least among them: the right to vote. In her honor, sign up now for rides to your voting location. Young people will be at every event, ready to help you make transportation plans for yourself, neighbors, and family members. Every vote counts. We can get you there!

Sponsored by UNC Young Democrats with United with the Northside Community – NOW

Living Memories Telling Stations

Have you ever marched for justice? What actually happened at Colonial Drug? What was it like to be a child or teenager during the early 60s in Chapel Hill, Carrboro? What do you think about desegregation now? What stories can you tell about the fight for rights in Chapel Hill? What’s your passion for change today?

Make YOUR story part of OUR history.

Find the telling station at each event. Take as little or as much time as you like to tell what you remember, feel, and think about local freedom struggles. Bring along a friend and share stories about yesterday and today for tomorrow.

Sponsored by United with the Northside Community-NOW

A different clip from Gladys

Hi folks,

Thanks to one of our Backers who pointed out we had already posted that clip of Gladys before!  Here is a different bit from her with Hudson Vaughan.  It's short but sweet.  We'll work on getting y'all some more interview clips as we sift through our archives and dig up some great stories. 

All the best,


Mrs. Gladys Pendergraph by The Jackson Center

Fall is here

Hi everyone,

It’s Fall again, and celebration is in the air. Tomorrow our beloved Ms. Gladys, Coordinator for Heavenly Groceries here at St. Joseph CME Church, will be getting married. We’ve spent the morning helping her haul in chicken, fruit, plates, napkins, and drinks in preparation for the festivities. We are so happy for her! And we cannot begin to tell you how excited we are for the food...

October is taking us back deep into our archives of oral histories here at the Jackson Center for stories centered on food. Needless to say, conversations about food have taken us in many different directions. We’re listening to stories from the Civil Rights movement in Chapel Hill, about the sit-ins in front of Colonial Drug Store which is now West End Wine Bar and hunger strikes on the steps of the post office on Franklin Street. We’re hearing folks talk about themselves and their parents and grandparents being cooks at university fraternities and sororities, and at the town’s historic restaurants. We’ve come across a special corner of Chapel Hill called Councilville, with stories of cultivating food while building a strong community.

Our job is not easy, to weave all of these pieces together to create a narrative about these communities through the lens of food. Sharing the stories of others is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Therefore in a few weeks, we will begin the long but crucial process of taking our draft back to each of our contributors. We have over 30 home visits to make! We want this project to be a true collaborative process, and we want to ensure that we have represented the stories of our contributors in the most genuine and caring way possible.

We thank you all for your patience and encouragement. A Place at the Table continues to take us on quite the journey. In honor of her big day tomorrow, we leave you with a bit of a conversation with Ms. Gladys and Lauren talking about Heavenly Groceries and hunger in Chapel Hill.

With love and gratitude,

Gladys Pendergraph on Hunger and Compassion by The Jackson Center

Late Summer Update

Dear Friends,

It’s been a while! The summer has certainly been a busy time for us. Lauren has been teaching a class of seventh graders full-time in Durham for the past few months, and getting ready to start law school in the fall. Monica is at the Jackson Center transitioning into a new full-time position through AmeriCorps.

In light of so much change, putting together A Place at the Table has been a slower process than anticipated. Not to worry, there is definitely a book! We have gathered some really touching stories and some delicious recipes. But at the end of the day it’s all about doing justice to our storytellers and making sure to have their memories and stories presented in the best possible way. This takes a lot of time, but is necessary to creating something truly meaningful.

Right now we’re putting the stories in order, figuring which pictures we want beside them, and how to group the recipes. When we have the final draft we will send another update. You all will be the first to know (after the publisher). Thanks so much for your understanding. As a little taste of what’s to come, enjoy some tips on how to make biscuits from Ms. Joyce Long.

With love and a whole lot of butter,
Monica and Lauren

Let's say it this way
If you have 2 cups of flour...
Go with 3 cups of flour
I can divide it better
3 cups of flour
Then you would
Sprinkle a little sugar
To give it a little sweetness
And then use maybe
Half a teaspoon of salt
And then for the shortening
You would use a half a cup of shortening
Then you take
Use either knives to cut it into
Do you know how to do that
So you can either use knives
Or they have a shortening cutter
Which I use
So you just cut it up until it crumbles
Remember it needs to crumble
As far as the milk is concerned...
See I don't
I cook a lot of times without...
I mean
I'm trying to help you out
And so therefore
You put a little bit of milk
Maybe less than a quarter of a cup
And then see how that is
And you can use a fork
I use a fork actually
But you use a fork
And then
When it gets to be a little
When it gets to be moist
It's got to hold itself together
Then you put it out on a
Pastry sheet
And put flour
A little flour
Not a whole lot
Then you kind of roll it out

And you can cut it out

The final countdown

Dearest supporters: Thank you forgetting us this far! In our most recent calculations - everyone who donated $35 or more (and thus will receive a book) also sponsored a book for an individual that donated their story. Thank you for that possibility.

As we wrap up we also wanted to invite you a

Early May Day (in April) Festival and Celebration

What? Food-- hotdogs, chili, an array of tasty desserts from the recipes of neighbors and friends

Festivities -- may pole dance, cake walk, raffle of prizes, games for kids, and more

Music/Poetry -- A Word and Song Open Mic Hosted by Fusion Youth Radio and featuring local musicians and artists(Got a poem you want to say or a song you want to sing?  Come and share it with us!)

Soundwalk -- the inauguration of the History of Homes Soundwalk, an audio tour of Northside featuring oral histories from over a dozen community members (We'll have a sneak preview available for you on Saturday!)

When? Saturday, April 21 from 1-4 pm

Where?  The lawn/grounds of St. Joseph CME Church (510 West Rosemary Street)

Free to all.  Spread the word and come ready to celebrate our community and the coming of May!

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to sharing our stories with you!

See you around the May Pole!

Lauren and Monica