Webinar: Documenting and Responding to COVID-19 & BLM In Your Community


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This  webinar is the second installment of a six-part Zoom webinar series designed to offer guidance and strategies around how to sustain our institutions in this moment.  The series will leverage the expertise of sixteen heritage practitioners from across the country to address numerous topics.

2020 has been an unprecedented year.  In many ways, our country has stood in the face of two pandemics: COVID-19 and the continuation of systemic racism plaguing our country.  How has your cultural institution responded? How are you supporting your community? How are you documenting this history?  Join us for a panel to learn how two North Carolina institutions have chosen to respond.  Discussion will include why this work is important, at this moment.


Chaitra Powell is the African American Collections and Outreach Archivist in the Southern Historical Collection, a unit in UNC's Wilson Special Collections Library. In addition to her collection development activities, she is currently serving as the Project Director of the Mellon funded, Community Driven Archives grant. Prior to coming to the North Carolina, she worked as an archival consultant in Los Angeles, CA. Chaitra earned her BA in Sociology and her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

George Barrett graduated from UNC in 2014.  In the Spring of his senior year, he came to Northside as a service-learning volunteer and never turned back!  He joined the Jackson Center the following Fall as an Americorps Vista volunteer for Economic Development.  George currently directs student engagement for the over 400 students who serve in Northside annually. George also leads university-community partnerships, directs the critical home repair program - Promise of Home-- and is a part of the project team for the Northside Neighborhood Initiative: a multi-partner initiative to preserve the future of the Northside, Pine Knolls, and Tin-Top neighborhoods. George is a dancer, performer, and movement maker, facilitating groups and communities to reach their self-determined goals.

Registration is now closed, a recording will be made available following the webinar.

NC African American Heritage Commission received a NC CARES: Humanities Relief Grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, www.nchumanities.org. Funding for NC CARES has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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