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|Living Legends: Herman and Iyaluua FergusonThe African American Cultural Center’s Living Legends series documents the lives of North Carolina’s pioneers. In this inaugural edition AACC Director Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy speaks with Herman Ferguson, over 90 years young, and his wife Iyaluua Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson was a dedicated colleague of Malcolm X. His book An Unlikely Warrior: The Evolution of a Revolutionary chronicles his journey from growing up in North Carolina to becoming a founding member of Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) to being an eyewitness to his leader’s assassination in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom in 1965.|
|Michael McBride and sculptor George Knock:
Too Black Too FastNCSU African American Cultural Center Director Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy speaks with artist Michael McBride and sculptor George Knock about their exhibit Too Black Too Fast. A candid, entertaining and enlightening conversation about the history of black jockeys and the process of creating the artwork featured in the exhibit. Dr. Smith McKoy also speaks with film maker Carolyn McDonald about the multimedia projects associated with the exhibit including music videos and a feature film.
|Pearl Cleage at the Annual Lawrence M. Clark LectureWe were honored to have best-selling author Pearl Cleage as our speaker for the annual Lawrence M. Clark Lecture. In her talk Cleage discusses the important role writing and activism play in society today and how growing up in an activist family shaped her life and her writing. Cleage also touches on race, class, civil rights, how the election of Barack Obama has changed America and how writers will help to shape America in the 21st century.|
Hazing, Connection And The Violence Of Belonging: Dr. Sheila Smith-McKoy
Saturday, April 14, 2012, Dr. Smith McKoy has a special interest in the impact of hazing rituals in sororities and fraternities. This expertise was hard won: her son Raymond’s education was interrupted for eight years due to injuries he sustained during pledging.
|2012 African Diaspora Film Festival featured on WUNC’s The State of ThingsThe Africana Studies Program recently held the 10th annual African Diaspora Film Festival and NPR affiliate WUNC featured the event on its local affairs program, The State of Things. Host Frank Stasio interviewed Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy, AACC director and Dante James, AACC assistant director and an emmy award winning filmmaker. The theme for this year’s festival was “Hip-Hop: Community, Culture and Critique” and this interview features was an engaging discussion about the origin of hip-hop and how it has become what it is today.|
|Too Black Too Fast Exhibit featured on WKNC 88.1WKNC’s Nick Savage interviewed AACC Director Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy about our spring 2012 exhibit Too Black, Too Fast, which told commemorates America’s history of black jockeys through painting and sculpture.|