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Mapping NC Human Rights History

Please join us for the unveiling of a new online resource for North Carolina students, teachers, community members, and visitors!

Produced by students in the Spring 2021 Human Rights Capstone Seminar, taught by History Professor Nancy MacLean, this vivid StoryMap project commemorates and conveys a past that is full of pain, yet also of vision, courage, and inspiration, as growing numbers of citizens of our state have come to realize, in the words of Durham’s own Pauli Murray, that “human rights are indivisible.”

Our pilot of what will be a multiyear project of the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI highlights events in the state after the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Among the 25 local sites our project includes are the long struggle to integrate UNC-Chapel Hill, the civil rights unionism of women tobacco workers in Winston-Salem, the launch of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at Shaw University in 1960, the eugenics-driven sterilization program run by the state for half a century, the movement-promoting music of Nina Simone and Max Roach and literature of Maya Angelou, the Durham school integration charette of 1971, the Raleigh Central Prison Revolt, the reproductive rights activism of Susan Hill, the Greensboro Massacre and later Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the nation’s first environmental justice protest in Warren County, the Hamlet fire that took the lives of 25 workers locked into a chicken processing factory, the protest of the 1,000th state-sanctioned execution since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, the airfields used to transport suspected terrorists to “black sites” in the CIA’s secret rendition and torture program from 2002-2006, the first Moral Mondays protest, and the NC Sanctuary Coalition launched by the NC Council of Churches in 2018.

Please join us to see what the students have created—and to suggest additional sites that future classes can commemorate!

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April 19, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm