Celebrating Black America: The Lessons of the Hour
CARRBORO, N.C. -- The Town of Carrboro welcomes the community to join us as we host Celebrating Black America for Black History Month.
On Thursday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m., the town will host local history scholars and community leaders to view Fred Morsell’s 1994 re-enactment of one of the last great speeches by Frederick Douglass entitled “The Lessons of the Hour.”
Delivered at Jan. 9, 1894, at Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Douglass’ speech addresses topics ranging from racial terror and lynching to colonization and voting rights.
“There are many things in this speech that are extremely relevant today,” said James Williams Jr., an organizer of Celebrating Black America. “For example, Douglass wanted to see the vote expanded, much as we want today. Voting, and the ability to participate in democracy, is a racial justice issue as much as it is a civil rights issue. He makes this point nearly 130 years ago.”
Following the video re-enactment, a panel discussion will be conducted by the following community members:
- James Williams Jr., Chair the NC Commission On Racial And Ethnic Disparities and Retired Public Defender for Orange and Chatham Counties, N.C.
- Dr. William Sturkey, Associate Professor, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Barbara Foushee, Town of Carrboro, Town Council Member
- Greear Webb, Morehead-Cain Scholar Student, UNC-Chapel Hill
The program is co-sponsored by the Town of Carrboro, the Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department, and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition.
The Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition was formed in the fall of 2018. It partners with the Equal Justice Initiative to document and memorialize the victims of racial terror violence in Orange County. Through programming, the coalition educates and engages the community on this history and how its legacy lingers today. OCCRC seeks to foster meaningful dialogue about race and justice as we work to build a society rooted in equal justice. To learn more, please visit https://occrcoalition.org/
This program will also be available via the Town of Carrboro YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/CarrboroNC
For updates on the program, please continue to check the Town of Carrboro’s website at http://townofcarrboro.org/ and via town social media channels.
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The Town Council will meet next virtually at 7p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, to consider an agenda https://bit.ly/3r8OdDe that also will be posted at carrboro.legistar.com
The Carrboro Town Council met virtually Tuesday, February 1, and took the following actions on the agenda posted at https://bit.ly/32EOOmL
- Received an update on the Town’s affordable housing activities.
- Received monthly reports from Police, Stormwater and Economic Development
- Received a Second Quarter Budget Status Report
- Received the fourth quarter report, and an annual report for calendar year 2021, for the Town of Carrboro’s Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) from the NC Department of Commerce.
- Supported an application for Triangle J Council of Government’s FY23 Transportation Demand Management Grant Program, Triangle Transportation Choices, in partnership with Chapel Hill
- Authorized the Town Manager to approve a contract amendment related to professional planning services for the Town-wide comprehensive planning process.
- Approved a market salary adjustment for sworn police officers to address turnover and recruitment issues. In this action, Carrboro joins other law enforcement agencies in the local labor market in taking steps to increase the minimum starting salary for sworn law enforcement officers to at least $46,000 annually.
- Accepted an EPA 319 grant award and adopt an ordinance in support of a collaborative effort to stabilize streams and reduce erosion in an 11-acre drainage area in the Bolin Forest neighborhood.
About the Town Council
The Town Council is the legislative and policy-making body for Carrboro, consisting of the following: Mayor Damon Seils, Mayor Pro Tempore Susan Romaine, Council Member Barbara Foushee, Council Member Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Council Member Danny Nowell and Council Member Sammy Slade. More information is available at http://townofcarrboro.org/248/Town-Council
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