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Conference focuses on ‘Black South’ Nov. 11

The African American Studies Program at UNCG will host the 22nd annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) – The Black South: From the Reconstruction Period to the 21st Century – 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
The conference will feature panels and presentations 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. in Elliott University Center. A literary café, 3:30-5 p.m., and the keynote address by Dr. Chester Fontenot Jr. of Mercer University, 5:30-7 p.m., will take place in Jackson Library’s Randall Jarrell Lecture Hall. All conference events are free and open to the public.
Fontenot, Baptist Professor of English and director of Africana studies at Mercer, has titled his keynote “A Tale Twice Told: The Black South Since Reconstruction.” The author or editor of four books, he is an ordained Baptist minister and has worked extensively with black gangs.
“African Americans’ relationship with the South has been long and complicated,” said Dr. Tara T. Green, director of the African American Studies Program at UNCG. “Some have vivid memories of lynchings and segregation. Others recall the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement.
“But what does it mean to be black and Southern in 2011? This year’s panelists will provide critical looks from the perspective of the arts, history and politics to probe the meaning of the South for African Americans since the Reconstruction Period.”
The conference will include three panels. Dr. Mark Elliott (UNCG) will moderate the first, Independent Politics in the New South, with panelists Dr. Omar Ali (UNCG), Dr. Gregory Nixon (UNC Charlotte) and Jacqueline Spruill (UNCG). Dr. Sarah Cervenak (UNCG) and Dr. Sandra Govan (UNC Charlotte) will be on the second; students will make up the third.
During the literary café, writers Govan and Ashanti White, a UNCG alumna who majored in African American studies, will read; Logie Meachum will tell stories.
In addition to the African American Studies Program, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of the Provost are sponsoring the conference.
The registration form for the conference is available on the African American Studies Program website. For more information, contact the program at 336-334-5507 or afs@uncg.edu. Parking will be available in the Walker Avenue and Oakland Avenue parking decks, $2 for the first hour and $1 per hour thereafter.
CACE engages students, faculty, staff and community members in an examination of critical and timely African American-related issues and perspectives. The Department of Religious Studies began the conference in 1990 to promote a better understanding of the various facets of African American culture and experience.

Christopher Kennedy

Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
P: (201) 981-1576

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