Journey in the New South

Amid burgeoning cultural conflict, a growing need for civil discourse is the focal point of the Council’s 2017 initiative Journey in the New South: Conversations on the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in North Carolina

This initiative engages North Carolina communities in conversations that use our state's rich cultural heritage (foodways, music, literature, history) and humanities scholarship to create spaces for cross-cultural interactions that lead to greater cultural, ethnic, and racial understanding.

Details of Journey in the New South programs:

  • SpiritHouse, a Durham, NC-based organization that works to empower those affected by discrimination and the school-to-prison pipeline, is hosting Harm-Free Zone Southern Regional Book Study. Over four months, 160 individuals from 48 organizations across 14 states will read and discuss Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice In Prisons Around the World, in which author Dr. Baz Dreisinger describes her research of incarceration that includes prisons in North Carolina and the south. The Council sponsored a meet-and-greet with Dr. Dreisinger on May 7 and is now helping plan a large-scale convening of all participating regional study groups on June 27. “We hope that by creating this opportunity to study and discuss the institutional polices of incarceration and the damage of systemic racism surrounding people of color, we can create a Durham that is more accountable to all its residents,” said Nancy Wilson, SpiritHouse’s executive director.
    • June 25, 2017, 3-5pm
    • Journey in the New South with Spirit House’s Harm Free Zone Southern Regional Book Study Citywide Convening
    • Location: Center for Responsible Lending, 302 W Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
  • Eboné Lockett, a high school teacher in Charlotte, NC, is leading a three-month after-school program designed to engage more than 150 students from a range of area schools in open and honest dialogue about race, ethnicity and gender. Students will receive interactive training, attend discussion sessions and facilitate student forums, in anticipation of a multicultural festival being held later this summer. “These events and workshops will focus on teaching communication and leadership skills,” Lockett said, “and will allow students of all backgrounds to come together and think critically about their shared human experiences.”