Feb 23, 2017 - Things to Do

3 action items for the last week of Black History Month

Visit the K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace exhibit at the Levine Museum.

The visual and audio exhibit explores police-involved shootings throughout the country and in Charlotte. It was co-created by activists, law enforcement, the media, students, clergy and civic leaders and will be on display through October 2017. Details

photo by Alvin C. Jacobs via Facebook

Go see I Am Not Your Negro.

In 1979, novelist and Civil Rights activist James Baldwin had plans to write a personal account of the assassinations of his three close friends — Medger Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. When he died in 1987, Baldwin had completed only 30 pages of the book. Those 30 pages of text, read by Samuel L. Jackson, are the storyline for I am Not Your Negro.

The film includes imagery of Dorothy Counts and the desegregation of Charlotte’s Harding High School in 1957. It’s on limited release and is playing at Regal Manor Twin and AMC Carolina Pavilion 22.

Read up on Dorothy Counts.

On September 4, 1957, 15-year-old Dorothy Counts was one of the first black students to desegregate Charlotte’s Harding High School. Iconic images of Counts being harassed by a crowd of angry white onlookers defined a vicious moment in history that garnered international attention and still resonates today.

Counts was tormented at the school for just four days before her parents pulled her out and moved away. She would return to Charlotte to attend Johnson C. Smith University.

Read about her:

Dorothy Counts at Harding High: A story of pride, prejudice [Tomlinson/Observer]

Where are they now?: Dorothy Counts [Charlotte magazine]

At 15, she desegregated an all-white school. At 73, she’s fighting to do it again [Klein/Huffington Post]

photo by Douglas Martin (AP) via Facebook

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