TOMORROW: “Tell About the South”, talk by UNC Park Fellow Lorraine Ahearn

For interested faculty and graduate students, UNC’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication is hosting an interesting talk taking place TOMORROW at NOON dealing with little-known details about NC’s Civil Rights history.

EVENT INFORMATION:

“Tell About the South” with Lorraine Ahearn, doctoral Park Fellow at the UNC School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Wednesday, December 01 2010
12:00pm-1:00pm
Open to graduate students & faculty.  Lunch will be served.  Seating is limited so please RSVP ASAP to 962-5665 or lbeavers@unc.edu

“In 1937, students from Bennett College for Women organized a boycott of white movie theaters in Greensboro, N.C., over Jim Crow-era censorship. Local theater owners were cutting movie scenes in which black actors played “non-traditional” roles that crossed the color line of segregation. What ensued was a media conflict on two fronts. First, white theater owners censored what they believed violated local custom, while African-American students organized the community to apply economic pressure for change.  On the second front, black newspapers including the Chicago Defender offered a narrative that clashed with the version the city’s white-owned newspaper told about the theater owners’ action. Ahearn’s research looks at the role of mass media imagery in early civil rights history, and how the two newspapers framed this incident in history.”

The full event announcement is available here.

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