On the night of August 20, protesters removed the statue known as “Silent Sam” from its pedestal on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. Erected in 1913 with funds from the Daughters of the Confederacy, the statue was a monument to UNC alumni who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. At its dedication ceremony on June 2, 1913, Julian Carr spoke of their service to the Anglo Saxon race, and of how “One hundred yards from where we stand, less than ninety days perhaps after my return from Appomattox, I horse-whipped a negro wench until her skirts hung in shreds, because upon the streets of this quiet village she had publicly insulted and maligned a Southern lady, and then rushed for protection to these University buildings….”
Read More... (UNC Center for Civil Rights Director Theodore M. Shaw Statement on Removal of Statue Known as “Silent Sam”)
Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Fri. September 7, 2018 9:36 AM
From Left to Right: Melanie Dubis, Howard Lee, Robert Orr
On Friday, October 13, the Center for Civil Rights, Education Law & Policy Society, National Lawyers Guild and Black Law Students Association gathered community members, students and education advocates together for the “Leandro at 20: Two Decades in Pursuit of a Sound Basic Education” Conference. The conference commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Leandro v. State
. This case established the fundamental right of all children to an opportunity to “a sound basic education” under the North Carolina Constitution.
Read More... (Inspirational "Leandro at 20" Anniversary Reminds Audience of Constitutional Obligation to Provide Sound Basic Education)
Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Wed. November 29, 2017 2:17 PM
Categories: Education, Leandro
Read More... (Center receives Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocate Award)
Lewis Dozier, the president of the Royal Oaks Concerned Citizens Association and the Center for Civil Rights, each awarded the Stella J. Adams Award.
On April 28th, the Center’s staff attended the 14th annual Fair Housing Conference organized by the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board, and the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Distinguished advocates discussed the rights and remedies available under the Fair Housing Act for victims of illegal discrimination, as well as reforms needed in the criminal background screening process for housing applicants. The Center’s Executive Director Ted Shaw gave a rousing keynote address. At the end of the conference, the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association and the UNC Center for Civil Rights were awarded the 2017 Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocate Award in recognition of their environmental justice advocacy on behalf of residents of Royal Oak, an African American community in Brunswick County. Read more about that advocacy here.
Posted by Allen K. Buansi on Mon. May 1, 2017 2:06 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing