As part of the Pauli Murray Centennial Celebration initiated by Duke University’s Human Rights Center, UNC will be hosting the panel discussion “Pauli Murray v. UNC: Wrestling with Change in the Jim Crow South”, which highlights Murray’s attempts to gain admittance for graduate work at UNC in 1938-39. This is an event that aims “to teach the university community about this history and to encourage reflection on the story of Murray’s activism: what kind of example does she offer in our own time?”
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
5:15 p.m. reception | 6 p.m. program
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
***FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC***
Contact Information: Center for the Study of the American South, (919) 962-4433
Genna Rae McNeil, professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill, will moderate the panel discussion, which includes the following participants:
- Glenda Gilmore, Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History at Yale
- Leslie Brown, assistant professor of history at Williams College
- Jerry Gershenhorn, associate professor of history, North Carolina Central University
- James Leloudis, professor of history and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill
- Anne Firor Scott, W.K. Boyd Professor of History Emerita at Duke University
The event will also feature a small exhibit of archival materials from the Southern Historical Collection in UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library highlighting this historical moment.
Sponsored by UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, the Southern Historical Collection, The Pauli Murray Project/Duke Human Rights Center, the Carolina Women’s Center, the UNC School of Information and Library Science (grad student assistance), and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC (organizational and in-kind assistance).
Interested in learning more about the panelists? Check out some of their books available at UNC libraries:
- Glenda Gilmore – Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950
- Leslie Brown – Upbuilding Black Durham: Gender, Class, and Black Community Development in the Urban South
- James Leloudis – Pauli Murray and Caroline Ware: Forty Years of Letters in Black and White
- Anne Firor Scott – Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge
Hope to see you there!