CARRBORO, N.C. -- The Town of Carrboro welcomes the community to join us as we host “The Black Resistance,” a history lecture for Black History Month.
The free event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.
Led by Dr. Freddie Parker, professor emeritus of history at NC Central University; and James Williams Jr., an attorney and former chief public defender, their discussion will focus on The Freedmen’s Conventions. Part of an ongoing event series titled Celebrating Black America, past programs are available at YouTube.com/CarrboroNC
The Freedmen’s Conventions of 1865 and 1866 were the first of their kind in North Carolina. Delegates proclaimed the need for Black inclusivity in the political and judicial processes.
Following the conclusion of the Civil War, black North Carolinians emancipated by the Thirteenth Amendment. However, many rights allowed to the white population, particularly voting and trial rights, had not yet been extended to Black freedmen and women. The “Convention of the Freedmen of North Carolina” opened in Raleigh on Sept. 29, 1865, just a few days before the North Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1865.
The Black History Month program is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro with programming support from the Recreation, Parks & Cultural Resources Department.
This program will also be available via the Town of Carrboro YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/CarrboroNC