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Special Events

Capturing The Flag – Full Frame Road Show Fall Series

In 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court invalidates the part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act requiring certain states to submit changes in voting laws to the Justice Department for …


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Film Screening - "Future Sounds of Mzansi"

Future Sounds of Mzansi is a documentary which aims to explore, express, and interrogate South Africa's cultural landscape, 20 years into its democracy. A chief vehicle of this exploration is …


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Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

2018 BUGS Conference Theme Tracks: Rooted - Asks us to dig deep and ground ourselves in the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors, to create a space of honor and shared value for our ancestors a…


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Maynard Documentary Screening

  • NCCU School of Law
  • (919) 530-7400

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law will host the documentary screening of “Maynard,” a riveting documentary based on the life and legacy of Maynard Jackson, Jr., 1964 …


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Visionary Aponte | Gallery Talk with Renée Stout

Public reception and gallery talk with Visionary Aponte artist Renée Stout. Talk begins at 6pm. Light refreshments served. ----- INFO & EVENTS: aponte.dukefsp.org ----- This …


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2018 Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film Screenings

  • Ngozi Design Collective

See five films as part of UNC's 2018 Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film. The films are: "Bodega" by Donna Augustin and Taliban L. Newman, "Queen" by Gabrielle …


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Pauli Murray Walking Tour: History of Segregation in Durham's West End

Pauli's Durham Tour is a 75-min walk into Durham's history of racial segregation in the West End Neighborhood. Aya Shabu and friends share stories about the significance of Black Civil War soldiers, …


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The Jazz Spirit of Mary Lou Williams

  • Holy Cross Catholic Church
  • (919) 957-2900

Celebrate the amazing life and legacy of the legendary Mary Lou Williams. Mary Lou was a composer, arranger, music adviser, and band member with many of the greatest jazz musicians. She created s…


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Visionary Aponte | Aural Futures: Screen/Society

Public screening of The Model: Oshun and the Dream, Chapter 1 & 2, directed by Kahlil Joseph (2010), 7:57 minutes each; You and I and You, directed by Terence Nance (2015), 7:51 minutes; and …


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DJ & Concert: Mother Cyborg, The Afronauts, et al

DJ & concert of afrofuturist bands & techno-utopian narratives - Mother Cyborg, The Afronauts, et al: The Aural Futures series looked at how electronic music created a foundation in the …


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Visionary Aponte | Aural Futures and Afrofuturism

  • Forum for Scholars and Publics/Duke University
  • (919) 660-3622

Panel discussion with Durham activist, scholar, and entrepreneur Pierce Freelon and artist, activist, and Afrofuturist Ingrid LaFleur. Light lunch served. This event is on Duke's West Campus in …


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Visionary Aponte | Aural Futures: Screen/Society

Special presentation of a work-in-progress: God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines, directed by Kristian R. Hill (2016), 78 minutes. Followed by a 20-minute Q&A with artist, activist, and A…


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Black Children's Literature Symposium & Festival

  • H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building

Featuring Black children's literature scholars and 10 award-winning Black authors and illustrators from around the state and nation. Together, their work encompasses more than 150 titles that …


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Exhibits & Recurring Events

Art Exhibit - “Identity and Economic Exploitation”

Works by NCCU alumnus Stephen Hayes. Hayes, whose sculpture, Cash Crop, was shown at the museum in 2011, used miscellaneous objects ordinarily considered worthless to develop his thought-provoking …


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Art Exhibit: Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom

  • Power Plant Gallery
  • (919) 660-3622

Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom takes as its point of departure an extraordinary - and now lost - historical artifact: a "Book of Paintings" created by José Antonio …


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ImBlackInTech Monthly Mixer Series

  • American Underground

The ImBlackInTech #MonthlyMixerSeries (MMS) takes place monthly, bringing together current and potential ImBlackInTech members and friends to mingle in a comfortable environment, share ideas, and …


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Quilt Exhibit - "Ancestral Rhythms"

  • Hayti Heritage Center
  • (919) 683-1709

An evening of spoken word, jazz and breathtaking works of art. The members of the African American Quilt Circle have regularly shared their magnificent, memorable quilted art work with the …


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