This initiative engages North Carolina communities in conversations that use the state’s rich cultural heritage (foodways, music, literature, history) and humanities scholarship to create spaces for cross-cultural interactions that lead to greater cultural, ethnic, and racial understanding.
Details of Journey in the New South programs:
- SpiritHouse, a Durham, NC-based organization that works to empower those affected by discrimination and the school-to-prison pipeline, is hosting Harm-Free Zone Southern Regional Book Study. Over four months, 160 individuals from 48 organizations across 14 states will read and discuss Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World, in which author Dr. Baz Dreisinger describes her research of incarceration that includes prisons in North Carolina and the south. The council sponsored a meet-and-greet with the author on May 7, 2017 and helped plan a large scale convening of all participating regional study groups on June 27, 2017.
- Ebone Lockett, a high school teacher in Charlotte, NC, is leading a three-month after-school program designed to engage more than 150 students from a range of area schools in open and honest dialogue about race, ethnicity, and gender. Students will receive interactive training, attend discussion sessions and facilitate student forums, in anticipation of a multicultural festival being held summer 2017.
- The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture co-hosted Latinx en el Nuevo Sur, a conference on June 2-3 at UNC Charlotte to explore questions about what it means to be Latinx in the South and offer professional training and networking among Latinx arts and culture leaders from nine southern states.