Category Archive: North Carolina

Toppling of the Silent Sam statue

Below is a letter I sent today to members of the Gillings School community. Dear Gillings School faculty and staff members, students, alumni and friends, My purpose in writing is to provide a perspective on the toppling of the Confederate statue called Silent Sam that occurred August 20 on the… Read More

Center for Civil Rights loses litigation right

A sad day at Carolina The winds were swirling madly in the Caribbean last Friday, and we experienced our own storm in Chapel Hill (although, of course, nothing like the physical destruction wrought by Irma). The Board of Governors did the expected and ended the litigation authority of centers and… Read More

From 1918 flu to African Americans in WWI to Silent Sam (again)

Why historical context is critical I  am reading Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard University Press, 2009), by historian Adriane Lentz-Smith, PhD, associate professor of history at Duke University. Dr. Lentz-Smith is an alumna of Yale University who completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill. I found… Read More

Silent Sam “talks” too much

Enough already, Sam! In the past few days, I said I wasn’t going to write about Silent Sam, the Confederate memorial statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus since 1913, unless there were new events. That was before a day filled with multiple conversations with people in our school, email exchanges… Read More