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History at High Noon: Breaking Color Lines at the Beach

Wednesday, Oct. 14, noon

Presenter: David Menconi, Music Journalist, Author, Radio Host

During this hour-long program, Menconi will read from his latest book—Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from Blind Boy Fuller and Doc Watson to Nina Simone and Superchunk—and discuss how beach music emerged as a battlefield in the struggle to overturn Jim Crow segregation.

North Carolina’s 2019 Piedmont Laureate (creative nonfiction), Menconi covered music at the Raleigh News & Observer for more than 28 years. His new book explores roughly a century of the state’s music history. Purchase your copy, which includes a bookplate signed by the author, from our Museum Shop website.

Register hereAn email containing the Zoom link will be sent to all registrants 30 minutes before the program.