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My N.C. from A to Z—A Conversation with Michelle Lanier about North Carolina’s Rich African American History, Heritage, and Culture

Thursday, Dec. 15, 5–6 p.m. via Zoom

Register hereThis online workshop is free for early childhood and elementary school educators. For information, email or visit the Carolina Public Humanities website.

Presenter: Michelle Lanier, Director, N.C. Division of State Historic Sites, and Author

From incredible champions for civil rights—including Abraham Galloway, Ella Baker, and Pauli Murray—to the exceptional history of places, like Freedom Hill (modern-day Princeville, Edgecombe County), Durham’s Royal Ice Cream Parlor, and a variety of Rosenwald Schools, North Carolina abounds with rich African American history, heritage, and culture. And much of this abundance is celebrated in a new board book by Lanier and illustrator Dare Coulter.
During this program, Lanier, who is also director of the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, will share her inspiration for the work and some of the stories about history and culture that are represented in its pages. Join us to learn about the book, the people and places it celebrates, and the many ways it can be used as a creative tool for teaching children about equality and social justice.

The first 100 registrants—current pre-K and elementary (grades K–4) schoolteachers, only—who complete the entire session will receive a complimentary copy of Lanier’s book.

This virtual program is provided by Carolina K–12, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, the North Caroliniana Society, and the North Carolina Museum of History; funding is provided by the Braitmayer Foundation.