While the Civil Rights Movement is considered by some to be a movement of the 1950s-1960s, in actuality, the fight for equity and justice started from the early days of America’s founding and continues today. In this program featuring scholar and performer Dr. Sonny Kelly, we will take a tour through time, from Crispus Attucks to Emmett Till to Ahmaud Arbery, and consider how black lives have always mattered – but mattered to different people in different ways, and for different reasons. Interweaving excerpts from his plays THE TALK and (newly completed) HAUNTED, Dr. Kelly will lead us in considering various points in the long and ongoing struggle for civil rights that deserve our attention, as we work to reframe and reclaim our shared history in order to pave a more equitable and inclusive future. After the presentation and performance excerpts, we will end with a discussion based on questions posed by attendees.
This program is relevant to K-12 teachers, community college and university affiliates, international students, and anyone from the general public with interest in learning more about the topic.
This program is sponsored by East Carolina University’s Office of Global Affairs and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Public Humanities and Carolina K-12 programs.