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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Black History Month at UNC

Plays, movies, a Distinguished Speakers Series, readings, gatherings and lectures mark the month of February as Carolina comes together in celebration of Black History Month.

The following is a sample of events presented by various departments across campus. For a full schedule of Black History Month events, visit

An Evening with William Ferris on Feb. 15

The Friday Center and Center for the Study of the American South will co-sponsor “An Evening with William Ferris” Feb. 15 at the Friday Center in celebration of Black History Month. A reception and exhibit will begin at 6 p.m., and the lecture and performances will begin at 7 p.m. Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South, will share photographs, stories, music samples and film clips from his book and DVD, “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.” The evening will also include performances by Ben Wiley Payton and the Black Student Movement. The event is free, but registration is suggested.

20 percent off at Bull’s Head Bookshop

To celebrate Black History Month, Bull's Head Bookshop is offering 20 percent off of all books in the African-American studies section, as well as 20 percent off all works of fiction by African-American authors. The sale applies only to regularly priced, in-stock merchandise and cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.

Sacrificial Poets Performance on Feb. 25

Join PlayMakers Repertory Company for an evening of original spoken word performances featuring poems from the award-winning Sacrificial Poets and inspired by issues of housing, gentrification, community and “home" Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Paul Green Theatre.

Chapel Hill Civil Rights

Movement photos on display The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host “Witness to Rights,” an interactive exhibit of photos from the Chapel Hill Civil Rights Movement on the second floor of Carroll Hall through the end of February. The exhibit features photographs by Jim Wallace, a 1964 alumnus and former Daily Tar Heel photographer, taken during his time as a UNC student.

African-American History Month Lecture

Tera W. Hunter, professor of history and African-American studies at Princeton University, will give the lecture "'Bound As Fast In Wedlock As A Slave Can Be': African-American Marriage, Slavery and Freedom" Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Wilson Library's Pleasants Family Assembly Room. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for the Study of the American South.