AACC 2020 Program
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Schedule of Events
You can download the a printable Schedule of Events here!
*Hands-on children’s activity
**A book signing will follow these presentations.
Bicentennial Plaza to Staircase Stage, Level 1
Join the procession up Bicentennial Plaza and into the museum lobby to open the event!
United States Colored Troops Color Guard and Reenactors
Tryon Palace Jonkonnu Drummers
Saint Augustine’s University Superior Sound Marching Band and Drumline
Angela Thorpe, director, North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, professor, Bennett College, and chair, North Carolina African American Heritage Commission
Lynette Barber, actor, singer, musician, teacher: “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Celebrate Culture: Exhibits
9 a.m.–5 a.m.
Through Sunday, Jan. 26: The current lobby-case installation includes a costume that was designed and worn by Dr. Baba Charles R. “Chuck” Davis and a possible identification tag used by John Gaskill, a soldier with the 1st North Carolina Colored Volunteers—later, the 35th US Colored Troops—during the Civil War.
Opening by Friday, Feb. 14: A new installation will feature a Thomas Day–made dressing stand; a uniform jersey and glove that belonged to baseball legend Walter “Buck” Leonard during his time in the Negro leagues; and a sweet-potato basket from Bladen County.
The Story of North Carolina
Highlights of our chronological history exhibit include the Woolworth’s lunch counter from Salisbury, examples of Thomas Day–made furniture, some Arliss Watford woodcarvings a George SerVance dancing doll, and a slave cabin from Martin County.
Toy Boom! Toys from the 1950s and ’60s
This exhibition includes a rare Saralee doll (Ideal Toy Company)—a project that involved collaboration between educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown, author Zora Neale Hurston, civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt—and a G.I. Joe Action Soldier, one of the first mainstream toys produced as an African American.
Quiltspeak: Uncovering Women’s Voices Through Quilts
Through Sunday, Mar. 8: Discover some of the stories that fabric and stitches can tell . . . Patience White was born into slavery around 1830, learned to read and write sometime between her 50th and 75th birthdays, then made a log cabin quilt as a thank-you gift for her teacher; Eliza Arrington designed her own quilt patterns and quilted while telling her daughters stories that urged them to get educations, save money, and grow up to “be something”—and these are only two of many amazing examples.
CELEBRATE Music, Movement, and Drama
Auditorium Stage, Daniels Auditorium, Level 1
Host: Warren Keyes, singer and regional stage and voice-over actor
11–11:30 a.m. Majestic Angels: senior citizen dance troupe
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lynette Barber: performance as Sojourner Truth
12:30–1:30 p.m. North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers: storytelling vignettes (ASL will be provided during this portion of the event.)
1:45–2:20 p.m. Eugene Taylor: djembe drum performance
2:45–3:25 p.m. Lucretia Wooten and Promise: gospel music group
3:50–4:30 p.m. Tamisha Waden: R&B artist
Freddy Greene: saxophone
Dwight Hawkins: guitar with saw and bones
CELEBRATE Literature and the Spoken Word
Demonstration Gallery, Level 1
Cohosts: Eleanora E. Tate, author, lecturer, manuscript consultant; Wanda Cox-Bailey, branch supervisor, Wake County Public Libraries; Johnny Ray Moore, author
Area sponsored, in part, by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
**11:15–11:45 a.m. A Tureen of Tales
Donna Washington, award winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist, and author
**Noon–12:45 p.m. Happy to be Stuck in the Middle: Writing for Middle School Audiences
Alicia D. Williams, author of Genesis Begins Again
Kwame Mbalia, author of the NYT best seller Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
**1–1:30 p.m. Sing a Song
Kelly Starling Lyons, author of Sing a Song and Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Phil Freelon
**1:45–2:15 p.m. The Color of Character
Karla Holloway, professor of English, Duke University, and author of eight books, including Passed On: African American Mourning Stories and BookMarks: Reading in Black and White, a memoir
2:30–3 p.m. The Mental Game: Talking About Health
Nick Courman, spoken word artist
**3:15–3:45 p.m. River Hymns
Tyree Daye, award-winning poet
4–4:30 p.m. Reflections on Writing The Maid Brigade and Other Plays
Ella J Stewart, author, storyteller, and playwright
CELEBRATE History, Enterprise, and Film
Longleaf Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Host: Earl Ijames, curator, North Carolina Museum of History
12:25–12:55 p.m. Meet Negro Leagues Baseball Player Clifford Layton
Clifford Layton, baseball legend, and Carl Locus, American Public Works Association
Fayetteville’s Clifford Layton is a part of baseball history. The 89-year-old spent four years in the Negro leagues during a time when the sports world, like society in general, was segregated. During his baseball career, he played with and competed against legends of the game, including a young Hank Aaron, who holds the record for most home runs in a career—he can also tell you what it was like to try and get a hit off Satchel Paige, one of the greatest pitchers of all time.
1:05–1:35 p.m. Historic Preservation of the George Henry White Community Memorial Center
Dr. Milton Campbell and Vincent Spaulding, Benjamin and Edith Spaulding Foundation
1:45–2:15 p.m. Researching the Underground Railroad and Historic Preservation of the Picot-Armstead-Pettiford House
Willie Drye, author, historic preservationist and proprietor, the Salt Box Underground Railroad
2:25–2:55 p.m. The Unspoken Brotherhood of Vietnam Veterans: Archiving the Military Collection of Pvt. Lewis J. Raynor
Dr. Sharon D. Raynor, Elizabeth City State University: dean and professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences; director, Center for Teaching Excellence
3:05–3:35 p.m. The Historic Preservation and Repurposing of Magnolia House
Natalie Pass Miller, proprietor
3:45–4:15 p.m. Envision St. Agnes
Linda Dallas, Visual Arts, St. Augustine’s University
St. Agnes, located on the campus of Historic St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, was one of America’s first hospitals for people of color.
CELEBRATE Craft and Art Traditions
Warren Goodson: walking stick carving and woodburning
Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins: puppet making
Triangle Friends of African American Arts: visual and performing arts
Jim McDowell: pottery
Derisha Baker Brooks: display of Bennie Baker’s pipes
Jonathan Daniel: wire art
Pinkie Strother: miniatures and clay figurines
Betty Williams White: millinery (hat making)
Mike Bennett: drawing and painting
Katrina Brown: leather and wire jewelry
Brandon Dudley: visual art
Neal Thomas: white-oak basketmaking
Rachel “Gemynii” Storer: visual art
Shawn Etheridge, painting
SECU Education Center
*Ben Watford: pottery
CELEBRATE Sports and Games
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
*On the Right Track: Check out the cars and talk with members of the Eugene Coard drag-racing team about their experiences on and off the track, then take the seatbelt challenge!
CELEBRATE Education and Heritage
Dogwood Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Cohosts: Naomi Shakir Feaste, director, Cultural Enrichment Services; Najla McClain, program director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Duke University
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. The Impact of Genealogy Studies
Stories in Stone: Uncovering Hidden African American History in Franklin and Warren Counties
Nadia K Orton, professional genealogist and family historian
Studying African American Genealogy in the Piedmont Counties of North Carolina
Desi Campbell, executive director, Harnett County African American Heritage Festival
Campbell uses his experience in researching wills, probate records, and deeds, as well as AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and GEDmatch DNA to connect clients to relatives.
12:30 p.m.–1 p.m. Standing for Sacred Spaces: NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the African American Burial Ground Network Act
Melissa Timo, Office of State Archaeology
1:15–1:45 p.m. The Business of Durham
An alumna of Durham Business College (founded in 1947), Futrell will present the history and highlights of this educational institution.
2–2:30 p.m. Princeville: Remember the History; Maintain the Heritage
Dr. Glenda L. Knight, town manager, Princeville
Knight will discuss the unique history of Princeville and shed light on its status today.
**2:45–3:15 p.m. Louis Austin and the Carolina Times: A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle
Jerry Gershenhorn, professor of history and director of graduate studies, North Carolina Central University
Gershenhorn will discuss Austin, an influential leader and publisher, and the subject of his latest book, which won the 2018 Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction.
3:30–4 p.m. Walking in the Footsteps of the Past
Teli Shabu, executive director
Shabu will talk about The Magic of African Rhythm (TMOAR), a walking tour company he and his wife started that focuses on historic sites of importance to Durham’s African American community in particular, but the overall community in general.
CELEBRATE Food, Health, and Beauty
Cardinal Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Host: Bridgette A. Lacy, author and journalist
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Refresh your Style: Looking Good through the Ages
Sheon Wilson, wardrobe stylist and former Refresh Your Style columnist, News & Observer (2008–2016)
Wilson will share tips on how to look good at any age by suggesting key style pieces women need in their closets and helping them choose smart, comfortable clothes that make them feel and look good. She will also pass out style tips as a part of her presentation.
12:45–1:30 p.m. Boricua Soul: Blending Puerto Rican and African American Flavors and Culture
Toriano and Serena Fredericks, owners, Boricua Soul
This husband and wife duo have a loyal fan base for their food truck, recognizable by the African symbol Sankofa, which means “go back and get it.” Toriano creates soul food classics from his southern grandparent’s kitchen; Serena executes Latin dishes from her Puerto Rican heritage. In 2019 IndyWeek named Boricua Soul one of the best food trucks in the Triangle for its tasty empanadas, pork platters, collards, and mac-and-cheese. Hear them talk about their food and the opening of their brick-and-mortar spot at the American Tobacco Campus.
2–2:45 p.m. Sankofa Farms Provides Fertile Ground for Young Black Men
Kamal Bell, operator, Sankofa Farms; Kamoni King and Kamron Jackson, students, Sankofa Farms
Sankofa Farms is planting confidence in African American men by teaching them to grow food, raise bees, and build self-reliance. Teacher and farmer Kamal Bell uses his 12-acre Alamance County farm in Efland to help six young black men at a time, year-round, develop useful life skills that he couldn’t execute in the classroom.
3–3:30 p.m. His Side Hustle Takes the Cake
Eric Hurdle, owner
When Eric Hurdle was laid off his IT job several years ago, he went back to his passion of 30 years and side hustle, Eric’s Cheesecakes. A former lead baker for Marriott hotels, he’s mastered making mouthwatering, light and creamy cheesecakes that range from an original New York style to a Sweet Potato Marble and his number 1 seller: Eric’s Signature Cheesecake, with caramel baked inside and finished with a chocolate drizzle.
4–4:30 p.m. Black Beauty: A Primer on Skin Care for People of Color
Lisa Harewood, physician assistant, Raleigh Dermatology
Harewood will start with some facts and conditions associated with people of color, including hyperpigmentation and even skin cancer, then answer questions from the audience and provide some tips on cleansers, moisturizers, and other skin care products.
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sweet Tea & Cornbread, museum restaurant
The Kupkake Fairy: Aisha and Joseph White
Black Farmers Market
Sankofa Farms, local produce
Julius Tillery, farmer and owner of Black Cotton
Pine Knot Farms, Stanley Hughes and Linda Leech, third-generation farmers of pork, produce, chicken, home cured hams
Hands-on Activities and Information Tables
10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Level 1: The Story of North Carolina Exhibit
- *Passport Activity Hunt: Learn More
- *Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens: Meet and play along with the Jonkonnu drummers.
- *Somerset Place State Historic Site: Handle reproduction objects.
- *State Capitol: Make “freedom hands” and learn about the 13th Amendment.
- *Historic Stagville State Historic Site: Make a cowrie-shell necklace.
- *Historic Edenton State Historic Site: Hear the Harriet Jacobs story.
- *Historic Halifax State Historic Site: Learn about the Underground Railroad.
- Civil War Reenactors: Battery B, 2nd Regiment, US Colored Light Artillery; 18th Army Corps; 37th US Colored Infantry
- *Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum: Create a badge of the CHB pirate mascot.
- *Pope House Museum, City of Raleigh Museum: Make a doctor’s head mirror and learn the history of Dr. M. T. Pope. Learn More
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Inc. (AAHGS) Learn More
- Black Jedi Zulu: See Hip-Hop culture connect with the arts. Learn More
- *Gresham’s Coins, Stamps, and Medals: Trace African American history through stamps.
- Miss Black North Carolina Learn More
- *MopTopShop: Let off some STEAM with Lollipop and Mop Top, the Hip-Hop Scientist. Learn More
- North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers Learn More
- North Carolina Museum of History Associates: Sign up for half-price museum memberships TODAY only! Learn More
- North Carolina Writers’ Network Learn More
- Triangle Friends of African American Arts Learn More
- Wells Fargo Learn More
- You Can Vote Learn More
- *Head-Wrapping Demonstration: Techniques by Taji Shabu Jones, owner, Taji Natural Hair Styling; while supplies last, get your own head wrap ($).
- Rosenwald Schools Project
- *Wheel of History: Test your knowledge of black history.
- *Make a Hat or Crown: Create your own celebratory hat or crown out of paper.
- *Adinkra Stamps: Learn about traditional West African symbols and create your own sticker to take home.
SECU Education Center, Level R
- Family Resource Center South Atlantic Learn More
- North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, featuring Journeys Toward Freedom Learn More
- North Carolina Freedom Monument Park Project Learn More
- North Carolina Government and Heritage Library Learn More
- North Carolina Leadership Immersion Program
- State Archives of North Carolina, Special Collections Section Learn More
- Triangle Tribune Learn More
- Wake Technical Community College