Stories tagged: "civil rights"


George White had an astounding political career, beginning in 1881 with his election from Craven to serve in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 1885 he served in the State Senate. In 1896 White moved to Tarboro and launched a successful bid for a national seat. Voters in what was called the “Black Second” Congressional District, had already sent three African Americans to Congress. White was elected twice, and was the last remaining Black US Congressman when he introduced the first antilynching bill in 1900.
This NC Lawmaker Called for an Antilynching Law 100 Years Ago. This Week, We Got One.

The US will finally make lynching a federal crime, after more than a century of attempts. C&P looks at the long road to justice. It only took 122 years to declare lynching a federal hate crime, after a long-sought bill passed Congress this week.  The Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed the US House with three...

DeWitt Powell, Jones Lake's longtime park superintendent, vigilantly guarded the atmosphere of peace and dignity of the park. No litter or profanity was permitted, and Black families could camp, hike, fish, swim or just relax on the lake's shores. Powell, who held his post for decades,  established that atmosphere in the Jim Crow era, against the odds in rural Bladen County.
How the ‘MLK of Jones Lake’ Made This NC Park an Island of Equality

Jones Lake State Park, North Carolina’s first to admit Black visitors, was a place guests could breathe freely, thanks to its first Black park superintendent.

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.

Six members of the Littleturtle family, who are Lumbee and Tuscarora, wear traditional regalia for a dance.
Powwows, Plant Medicine and Hip Hop: NC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Storytelling, theater, music, and Indigenous food, C&P's guide to celebrating North Carolina's native population properly.

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North Carolina Muslims Continue Progressive March Despite 20 Years of Sept. 11 Bias

Hate crimes against US Muslims have exploded by 500% in the years since Sept. 11, 2001. Still, more Muslims than ever are running for elected office and raising their voices for progressive change.

The Tryon, NC, childhood home of legendary musician Nina Simone. (Image via National Trust for Historic Preservation)
From Nina Simone to Blind Boy Fuller, Here Are Five of NC’s Most Timeless Musical Landmarks

North Carolina music is eccentric, rootsy, and complicated, just like the state itself. We’ll take you to the burial places of blues and the birth of modern jazz.

NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 18: A new Federal Holiday ''Juneteenth'' is celebrated in the heart of Harlem, New York City, United States on June 18, 2021. President Biden signed legislation making June 19, or Juneteenth, a new national holiday. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Our Juneteenth: When Emancipation Came to One of North Carolina’s Largest Plantations

After the Civil War, news of Emancipation took months to wind its away across the South. Enslaved workers at Stagville, one of NC largest plantations, met the news with hope and resilience.