Speak Their Names (University of North Carolina)

3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. EST | RSVP Here

The University Commission on History, Race, and a Way Forward at UNC-Chapel Hill was formed in 2019 and formally charged by the Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz in February of 2020 to “explore, engage and teach the University’s history with race, and provide recommendations on how we as a University community must reckon with the past.” Over the past year, its 19 members have been re-examining the University’s legacy regarding race, including structures built by enslaved people on indigenous lands and named for slaveholders, Confederates and white supremacists. Along with other work, the Commission has initiated the process for the removal of the names of four white supremacists from University buildings, which was approved by the Board of Trustees; begun preparing for the recommendations for the removal of additional names to be presented to the chancellor; and created a roster of more than 150 enslaved people who built and maintained the University. In this session participants will learn more about the Commission’s work in identifying those enslaved people, exploring the history and seeing the archival records used in their work.

Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for Public Service

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