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
  • Keith Scott Shooting 1 Year After, What Have We Learned? - 9/13/17 at 6:30 at the Mint Museum Uptown. In partnership with the Charlotte Post Foundation and the Consolidated Media Alliance, the North Carolina Humanities Council is marking the one-year anniversary of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting with an opportunity for a candid conversation. This community conversation will explore the impact of the shooting and following protests and riots in Charlotte and how the community continues to move forward. This event is FREE but registration required.

  • On the Table CLT -  A Breakfast Event with Charlotte's Civil Rights Icons - What happens when you bring together a civil rights legend from Charlotte's past and put him on stage with a rising star of the civil rights campaigns of today? And then use that conversation as a springboard for dialogue among 100 strangers?

    Join us and The Charlotte Observer for a community breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at House of Prayer’s cafeteria on Mint Street. We’ll start with an on-stage conversation between Harvey Gantt and James Ford, led by the Observer’s Editorial Page Editor Taylor Batten, focusing on the state of civil rights in Charlotte. Following insight between Gantt and Ford, we will spark a dialogue between audience members about how to make Charlotte a more connected, dynamic, and opportunity-rich city for all. Come prepared to listen, learn and share your thoughts about race, civil rights and community. Buffet opens at 7:30, conversation runs 8-9:15 a.m. Registration is required - REGISTER HERE - Ticket proceeds will go to the charities of Harvey Gantt and James Ford's choice.

  • The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) will co-host Latinx en el Nuevo Sur, a conference on June 2-3 at UNC Charlotte to explore questions about what it means to be Latinx in the South and offer professional training and networking among Latinx arts and culture leaders from nine southern states.