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AACC 2020 Schedule of Events


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.

Opening Kickoff

10:30–11 a.m.

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
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Saint Augustine’s University Superior Sound Marching Band and Drumline
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Welcoming Remarks

Angela Thorpe, director, North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, professor, Bennett College, and chair, North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

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Musical Performance

Lynette Barber, actor, singer, musician, teacher: “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

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Celebrate Culture: Exhibits

9 a.m.–5 a.m.

Level 1

Collecting Carolina

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.


Level 3

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

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11–11:30 a.m.  Majestic Angels: senior citizen dance troupe

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11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.  Lynette Barber: performance as Sojourner Truth

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12:30–1:30 p.m.  North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers: storytelling vignettes (ASL will be provided during this portion of the event.)

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1:45–2:20 p.m.  Eugene Taylor: djembe drum performance

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2:45–3:25 p.m.  Lucretia Wooten and Promise: gospel music group

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3:50–4:30 p.m.  Tamisha Waden: R&B artist

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Roaming performers:

Freddy Greene: saxophone

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Dwight Hawkins: guitar with saw and bones

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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

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**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

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Kwame Mbalia, author of the NYT best seller Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

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**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

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**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

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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

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4–4:30 p.m.   Reflections on Writing The Maid Brigade and Other Plays

Ella J Stewart, author, storyteller, and playwright

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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3:05–3:35 p.m.   The Historic Preservation and Repurposing of Magnolia House

Natalie Pass Miller, proprietor

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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.

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CELEBRATE Craft and Art Traditions

Level 1

Warren Goodson: walking stick carving and woodburning

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*ERAGS: quilting

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Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins: puppet making

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Triangle Friends of African American Arts: visual and performing arts

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Jim McDowell: pottery

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Derisha Baker Brooks: display of Bennie Baker’s pipes


Level 3

Jonathan Daniel: wire art

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Pinkie Strother: miniatures and clay figurines

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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

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Rachel “Gemynii” Storer: visual art

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Shawn Etheridge, painting 


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*Ben Watford: pottery

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CELEBRATE Sports and Games

10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Bicentennial Plaza

*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

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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.

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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

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1:15–1:45 p.m.   The Business of Durham

Jacqueline Futrell

An alumna of Durham Business College (founded in 1947), Futrell will present the history and highlights of this educational institution. 

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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.

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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.

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CELEBRATE Food, Health, and Beauty

Cardinal Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R

Host: Bridgette A. Lacy, author and journalist

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Bicentennial Plaza

10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Food Vendors

Sweet Tea & Cornbread, museum restaurant  

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The Kupkake Fairy: Aisha and Joseph White         

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Black Farmers Market

Sankofa Farms, local produce   

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Julius Tillery, farmer and owner of Black Cotton 

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Pine Knot Farms, Stanley Hughes and Linda Leech, third-generation farmers of pork, produce, chicken, home cured hams

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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


Level 3
  • *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