Race


Bennett College team, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1934. Ruth Glover is third from left. (Courtesy of the Greensboro Historical Museum.)
The Night the Sports World Revolved Around Two Black Women’s Basketball Teams in Greensboro

A new podcast is reviving interest in the Jim Crow era of women’s sports, including a 1934 matchup between NC’s Bennett College and the best Black women’s team in the nation. 

A NC bookstore owner curates her book selection by focusing on the joys of Black childhood. (Shutterstock)
Why Children’s Books Centering Black Children Are So Important

For Banned Books Week, a North Carolina bookstore owner on raising a generation of Black children that see themselves on the page.

Amanda Darrow, director of youth, family and education programs at the Utah Pride Center, poses with books that have been the subject of complaints from parents in Salt Lake City on Dec. 16, 2021.  The wave of attempted book banning and restrictions continues to intensify, the American Library Association reported. Numbers for 2022 already approach last year's totals, which were the highest in decades. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Why Banning Books Is A Jim Crow Practice

For Banned Books Week, an N.C. State professor of English explains how the recent surge in bans is targeting Black people and LGBTQ people.

The late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, in a 2005 file photo. (Photo by Andrew Councill/MCT/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
North Carolina Republicans Are Overdue for a Reckoning on Jesse Helms

GOP candidates Ted Budd and Richard Dietz were booked to headline a dinner with Helms’ name last weekend. But what does Helms’ bigoted views say about them?

Robinson, who was elected in May, called on Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, to provide additional resources for local police, to visit Enfield, and to denounce the racist intimidation. 
To refuse, Robinson said, would make them complicit in the threats. (Photos by Michael McElroy/Cardinal & Pine.)
A New Black Mayor in Eastern NC Removed a Confederate Monument. Then Came the Racist Threats.

In May, the majority Black town of Enfield elected one of just a few Black mayors in its 300-year history.

Myra McDuffie, co-owner of MeMa's Chick'n' & Ribs, says she wants her eastern North Carolina barbecue restaurant to be more than just another good barbecue restaurant.
After Hurricane Florence, This Black-Owned Barbecue Restaurant Was the Only Place In Town to Get Food

The McDuffies' Pender County restaurant was a life-saver after the storm. Today, they want to sustain their town in more ways than one. 

Former civil rights lawyer and activist Floyd McKissick watches work begin on his "Soul City" project, a long-gestating Black empowerment utopia that ultimately couldn't escape the bad press from white supremacists. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine)
6 Utopias You Didn’t Know Existed in North Carolina

A Black refuge for economic empowerment, a lesbian commune, and a refuge for enslaved people: Let's take a tour of the hidden societies within North Carolina society.