Social Justice


From days of service to drive-through rallies, poetry readings and live-streamed teach-ins, North Carolina's statewide King Day celebrations have something to offer everyone. The aim: to push beyond a day of remembrance and spark a long-term commitment to justice. (KatieKaboom from Pixabay/Canva)
Put Your Hand to the Plow: Virtual and Live MLK Day Events in NC

Our list of 2022 MLK Day events in North Carolina includes everything from service days to online teach-ins and drive-through parades.

Protesters march along the streets to protest the shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Brown's killing made NC the center of the racial justice movement in 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The 4 North Carolina Stories That Changed the Way I Think In 2021

Every journalist has a preconceived notion of the story, no matter what they tell you. These stories made me think twice about those notions. 

'Not So Super Publishing' Founder Jacques Nyemb makes comic and children's book gold out of everyday Black heroes. (Image via Not So Super Publishing; Photo by Carolyn Scott)
Best of 2021: How Comic Book Heroes and Real-Life Heroes Made North Carolina Better This Year

C&P's Max Millington counts down his favorite North Carolinians in the news this year.

Alyah Baker, owner of NC-based clothing store Show and Tell Concept Shop, says that seeking out Black-owned businesses is a good way to strengthen your local community. (Photo by Moriah Lefebvre)
These 15 Black-Owned NC Businesses Will Amp Up Your Holiday Gift Game

One-of-a-kind clothing, wreaths, killer cotton candy, and a sneakerhead’s dream at these NC-based Black-owned businesses.

Participating in Giving Tuesday makes more impact than you think. Besides the warm fuzzy feeling of helping out–and a tidy tax write-off–it helps grassroots, community-based  organizations meet their year-end goals of programming and assistance for your next-door neighbors. But sometimes it can be hard to know who to give to. C&P has listed a few that are making real change in their communities. (Getty Images)
These North Carolina Nonprofits Are Making a Difference. Consider Lending Them a Hand on Giving Tuesday.

This Giving Tuesday, consider donating to a nonprofit that serves communities of color in North Carolina.

This Associated Press file photo show a group of Lumbee Native Americans in Maxton in front of a crude cross they captured during a gun battle with members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1958. (Photo via AP Photo)
History Made Here: A Guide to 7 of NC’s Lesser Known Civil Rights Sites

From schools where segregation was challenged to early sit-ins, visit these spots to explore North Carolina’s proud civil rights history.

A protester kneels in the street during protests of George Floyd's death in May 2020 in Charlotte. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin).
NC’s Poet Laureate Makes Art From Difficult Times

How turbulent times and the racial justice movement have informed one of North Carolina's most decorated poets, Jaki Shelton Green.