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CACE focuses on ‘Black South’ Nov. 11

The African American Studies Program 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 in EUC. A literary café and the keynote address by Dr. Chester Fontenot Jr. (Mercer University) will take place in Jackson Library’s Randall Jarrell Lecture Hall. All conference events are free and open to the public.

Fontenot has titled his keynote “A Tale Twice Told: The Black South Since Reconstruction.”

“African Americans’ relationship with the South has been long and complicated,” said Dr. Tara T. Green, director of the African American Studies Program. “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.

The registration form is here.

Full story at UNCG News.