What is Love?

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UNC Senior Aisha Booze-Hall recently sat down with Ms Gladys Pendergraph Brandon, the Director of Heavenly Groceries Food Ministry at St Joseph CME Church, to talk about the nature of love.    Sometimes the word love is used too loosely. … Continued

Kids Building Community

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The Boys and Girls Club After School Program Encourages Kids in Northside to Build Community Every Day At the end of every school day, a group of kids emerges from the school bus in front of the Craig/Gomains Community Center. … Continued

Listening to Our Elders

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  At the core of the Jackson Center’s education work is the Community Mentor Team. These Northside and Pine Knolls elders are the best sources for local African-American history and the best communicators of that history to young people, most … Continued

Not Silent, But Unheard

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My grandmother and I have never had a conversation. Not because she isn’t alive⁠—she very much is, and lives nestled in the foothills of Belagavi, Karnataka, India, some 3000 miles away. My grandmother, Parvati Patil, is 79 years old. She … Continued

Celebrating Juneteenth

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by Aisha Booze-hall Juneteenth is celebrated on the 19th of June. It represents the day of delayed liberation of Black people in the United States. It dates back to 1865– two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation– … Continued

Creative Ways to Connect

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The Jackson Center is working on creative ideas to support our community connections in a time of necessary social distancing.  Here are a few ideas we will be trying out as we are able: *Northside “Happy Hours” – On a … Continued

Celebrating Black Women Teachers

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 by Kathryn Wall, MCJC Oral History Project Manager When the Freedmen’s Bureau and the American Missionary Association opened the first schools for African Americans immediately after the Civil War, they didn’t just bring in white teachers from the North. They … Continued

Lil’ Dip’s Kitchen

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by Joyce Yao Ms. Lane Council is the daughter of Mama Dip, the beloved community figure who opened the iconic Chapel Hill restaurant, Mama Dip’s. She shared with me how her love of food and empowerment as a woman comes … Continued

2020 Summer Fellowship

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The Jackson Center is proud to offer up to three graduate and undergraduate student Summer Fellowship positions (late May-mid August) 2020.  The Jackson Center is a local grassroots non-profit organization located at the gateway of the historic Northside Neighborhood, one … Continued

Through My Child’s Eyes

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by Hudson Vaughan, Interim Executive Director On a Friday evening in late October, I experienced the fullness of Northside.  I was walking down the street with my 4-month old son, Charlie, to the Halloween block party organized by the Jackson … Continued

Food and Fellowship

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by Joyce Yao I had the honor of following Ms. Odessa Wilson through the process of making chicken and dumplings, a staple of her family’s holiday traditions. She shared with me the stories of her Northside upbringing and love for … Continued

Legacy

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This blog piece focuses on resisting the forces that are reducing affordable housing units in the neighborhoods of Northside and Pine Knolls. It features one neighbors’ story about how she came to give back to the community she grew up … Continued

Remembering Ms. Velma Perry: A Tribute

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The Jackson Center’s motto is without the past, you have no future.  Ms. Velma embodied this more than almost anybody I’ve ever met.  In fact, I’ll never forget my first town council meeting with Ms. Velma (which I should note … Continued

MCJC Code of Conduct

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  The Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s founding commitment is to Beloved Community, the practical ideal to which Dr. King referred in his remarks after the U.S. Supreme Court decision to desegregate public transportation: The end is reconciliation; the end is … Continued

MCJC Code of Conduct

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  The Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s founding commitment is to Beloved Community, the practical ideal to which Dr. King referred in his remarks after the U.S. Supreme Court decision to desegregate public transportation: The end is reconciliation; the end is … Continued

Stories that move us

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Stories. What are the stories we tell? What are the stories that nourish us? What are the stories that remind us of who we are? What we stand for? What generations have stood for? Shared over a meal. Sung in … Continued

Holiday Letter

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 November 2018 Dear Friends: The Marian Cheek Jackson Center Neighborhoods are the building blocks of civic life and ours are growing stronger by the day. What does a strong neighborhood look like? A few snaps: Our Community Compass Group … Continued

Singing Telegrams

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♥♥   ♥It’s never too early to think about Valentine’s Day. Chocolate? Flowers? A card? Really???? ♥It’s time to switch it up and up your game. And we know how to do it right! ♥Send a singing telegram and let … Continued

Porch Revival on Graham Street

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Adante, Preman, and Tia welcomed their Northside neighbors Adante To me, hosting the porch party was my official introduction to the neighborhood. Though my housemates and I met a few of my neighbors in passing and in previous neighborhood gatherings, … Continued

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On October 9, 2018, the principals and administrators of the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools visited the Jackson Center to learn more about our educational workshops on local civil rights history. They were introduced to our Freedom Walk workshop, starting … Continued

A View from the Porch

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  The front porch. The space between inside and outside, private and public worlds. A place for friends and family to gather and to renew the essential connections that make up community. A place to sit and watch out; a … Continued

Rev. Troy Harrison

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Reverend Troy F Harrison from Martin Luther King Day Address January 2009 | First Baptist Church There’s a struggle going on yet dreams never die. It is in the midst of struggle that dreams become a reality It is in … Continued

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In February, we hosted our fifth annual Valentine’s Singing Telegram fundraiser. This year was truly remarkable: we delivered or recorded over 60 singing telegrams in just three days, including 25 generously sponsored songs to Northside neighbors.  We raised over $2,000 … Continued

A Bonner Beginner

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The following blog was written by Veda Patil, one of our first-year Bonners. Veda primarily assists our Youth & Education programming and deepens the intersection between our education and oral history facets. The original posting can be found here. Before … Continued

Tiny Heroes

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By Andrea Wuerth “They will continue to build two story residences right across the street from you for students to live because, as the developer told me, it’s more economical to rent to students than to families.” -Kathy Atwater It … Continued

Meeting of the Mentors

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By Andrea Wuerth There was Earl and Ronny. Miss Frieda, Miss Lily and Miss Gwen. And the Reverend Williams. All sitting in the front room of the Marion Cheeks Jackson Center. Connected to each other through a shared experience: growing … Continued

An Abundant Welcome

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July 31st. 6:00p.m. I arrived that Monday evening at 512 Whitaker St , my new home, carrying a box of books, and was surprised to see a squad of my neighbors/friends at the house. As I walked through the door … Continued

A Tale of Two Brothers

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“The conversations were great and I think that’s where I got my knowing there’s two sides to every story. And I’ve carried that up through my kids and my grandkids.” – David Caldwell, Jr., June 9, 2017 Over the course … Continued

Harvesting Faith

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The Marian Cheek Jackson Center is not officially a faith/religious based organization, but it’s hard to separate the work that we do here and the faith that sustains us along the way. Although we do not subscribe to any one … Continued

Gardening

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A Recollection of Miss Willie Mae Patterson, 1926-2017 I received the news that Miss Willie Mae Patterson had passed while on a train home from New York.  Oh noooo, I said loudly enough to disturb the passenger to my left. … Continued

Remembering Segregation

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By Andrea Wuerth, Reposted from April 30, 2017 I’ve often walked from Franklin Street to Rosemary Street, down Roberson or Church or Graham Street and never realized I was crossing a former color line. There are no obvious markers, just … Continued

Miss Pat’s Town

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By Andrea Wuerth, Reposted from April 28, 2017 I have lived here all my life. My daughter grew up here. We went to school here. She went to UNC-Chapel Hill. … This is MY town!  – Ms. Pat Jackson, April … Continued

The Power of a Story

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By Andrea Wuerth, Reposted from March 18, 2017 For anyone who doubts the impact one person’s story can have, for anyone who thinks history is only about the past, I say, you should have been at Lakewood Middle in Durham … Continued

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The Power of a Story, Part II “Mama Kat” By Andrea Wuerth, Reposted from April 10, 2017 The best way to sense the power of a story is to hear the reactions of those who have the privilege of hearing … Continued

Know your Neighbor

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What does it mean to  “get to know your neighbor”? It is such a common phrase that is thrown around all the time. “Be a good neighbor”. “Get to know your neighbor”. I have come to realize that sometimes the … Continued

Lessons Learned

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Rachel Glasser has spent her past year at the Jackson Center as the  Coordinator for Youth Leadership and Education through the NC Campus Compact VISTA. As here time here comes to an end, she reflects here on what this place … Continued

Community Action Team

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Team Leader Reflection: Ms. Velma Perry has been a longtime leader in the neighborhood, but has recently had health issues leading to a stay at a rehab center.  For her to move back safely, there need to be certain physical … Continued

Civic Media Team

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Team Leader Reflection: My biggest highlight this year happened after we aired our History is Dangerous Part 2 episode. One of our students expressed opinions about cultural appropriation and was criticized about it online. When the students defended the opinions and … Continued

Celebrating Home Team

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  Team Leader Reflection:            Ms. Elaine Norwood, a long time Northside Resident, was the life of our Holiday Party.  She was chatting everyone up, and even borrowed a guitar to serenade other guests. Seeing her … Continued

Deputy Director’s Report

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Students from Della’s Class performing Oral Histories! And the reaction to one of the performances! Robert Revels, one of the original folks involved in our work at the Jackson Center from St. Joseph’s—and the lead singer of “We Shall Not … Continued

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Happy Music Monday !!! Check out this Angel Haze track in honor of Fusion Youth Radio’s show topic this month: female rappers. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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yearningforunity: Fall 1955  (From Left) Leroy Frasier, John Lewis Brandon and Ralph Frasier, the first black undergraduates admitted to the UNC. They were denied access to the swimming pool and only allowed to sit in the end zone seats at football … Continued

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ladyfresh: “The Black Students Who Wouldn’t Leave the Lunch Counter The civil rights era began on February 1, 1960. And one of the four men who started it was Franklin McCain, who died Thursday at the age of 72.” “What … Continued

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HAPPY MUSIC MONDAY!!! Our staff member Brenton has been listening to the lovely Jazmine Sullivan this afternoon. It is a great way to start the week and we wanted to share it with you! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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Turn up turn up turn up !! It’s almost Thanksgiving everyone! I hope y’all are already to stuff your faces! We had a great turn out of volunteers helping repair a home in Northside of lifetime residents. Pictured here are … Continued

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Happy Music Monday! Is anyone ready for Christmas? I know we have a lot of things to be thankful for, but here’s a song to get everyone into the spirit incase you aren’t already! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

Holiday Season!

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Next month, Dec 12th; we will be having a Holiday Housewarming at the Jackson Center! We’re looking forward to having everyone join us for hot chocolate, some food, and maybe dancing? Join if you can!

Happy Foodie Friday

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Happy Foody Friday everyone! We hope you all are excited about Thanksgiving because we all are! Here’s a recipe for a Sweet Potato Pie by Jimmie Lee Bynum. If you end up using this recipe, contact us and let us … Continued

Letter from our Executive Director

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Dear friends: We have a new home. Side-by-side with St. Joseph C.M.E., we are still proudly at the gateway to Northside and still in immediate to proximity to “Heavenly Groceries/Comida Celestial.” What’s new? At first flush: space. We now have … Continued

Education and Research Update

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With the opening of the new Northside Elementary School, this has been an extremely exciting time for the Public History Team.  We have developed workshops for the students that nearly all of our staff members have played a role in. … Continued

Civic Media Update

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Fusion Youth Radio is starting its third season!  The first show was Sunday, October 20th with the theme of self-love.  We have nine wonderful students this year from East Chapel Hill High School and Carrboro High School; two first years, … Continued

Celebrating Home Update

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Just over two months ago, we moved into our new space next door to St. Joseph’s church.  This has been extremely exciting!  We now have a kitchen where we can cook, an entire room just for our library, and, overall, … Continued

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Four That’s the number of black women who have been cast members of SNL in the show’s 38-year history. (From: Here’s the Funny Thing About Black Women on SNL.)

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yearningforunity: “Do Not Buy Where You Will Not Be Hired” Floyd McKissick Papers (4930), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill. This photograph was found in the black attorney’s papers, Floyd McKissick. The actual date of the photograph is … Continued

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dreamdefenders: motherjones: For the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights rally, an ode to the women who helped it succeed—and got little recognition for it. (Steve Schapiro/Corbis) Women of the Dream Defenders.

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Happy Music Monday everyone! Check out this cover from this amazing group! Hope you enjoy this & the rest of your day! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

Be on the Look out!

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We’re starting daily events on our facebook, twitter, and tumblr pages. Music Mondays Turn Up TuesdaysWisdom WednesdaysThriving Thursdays& Foody Fridays. If you have any cool things, dishes, or events that you think you would love to add on any of these … Continued

Community Action Update

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Northside Project, in collaboration with Self-Help, continues to work on various housing strategies for the neighborhood.  As a part of this initiative, we have convened a “Making History Tangible” task force in charge of creating historic markers and monuments for … Continued

Public History

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Our History is Dangerous schools outreach program had an exciting debut this spring.  We worked intensively with 90 high school students and hosted 200 middle school students from Smith Middle School for a Civil Rights History workshop and walking tour of the … Continued

Civic Media

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We have just completed our second season of Fusion Youth Radio!   The monthly live radio show featured stories about the school-to-prison pipeline, challenges of high school relationships, and perspectives on faith and politics.  FYR continues to train youth to … Continued

Brush with Kindness

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Hi all, We have an exciting volunteer opportunity in Northside next week. Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Good Neighbor Initiative, the Jackson Center, and the Town of Chapel Hill will be doing A Brush with Kindness home repair … Continued

Knitting Patterns

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Check out this awesome article from one of our local partner organizations the Community Empowerment Fund.  CEF offers savings opportunities, financial education, and assertive support to individuals who are seeking employment, housing, and financial freedom. _______________ Knitting Patterns written by: the ever-wonderful … Continued

Reflection

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This past Monday the Bonner students discussed the role of the encourager in community work and action research planning.  Someone working in the community shouldn’t innovate, but rather instigate innovation within community members.  At one point in the meeting, Dr. … Continued

Heavenly Groceries Update

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Heavenly Groceries Update Photo by Sarah Hoehn Hey everyone!  Everything at Heavenly Groceries has been running smoothly this semester! We have a new pool of volunteers who have all been handling their shifts very well! A couple of weeks ago, … Continued

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tumblr_mgqrndplLB1rj5f2eo1 Check out this audio piece by one of the high school participants of Fusion Youth Radio fusionyouthradio: A piece by Annie Conolly

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Photographs form the Civil Rights Weekend: listening stations, student activists panel, and photographs from the Movement in Chapel Hill.

Reflection

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I’ve spent quite a bit of this semester working on the interview archive, a collection of all interviews and audio clips that the Jackson Center has accumulated.  After working on it for so long, I now understand why it has … Continued

Ethnopoetic Transcription from Reverend Harrison’s MLK service, Jan 19. 2009

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There’s a struggle going on                                                                                        [“Thank you Jesus”] yet    dreams never die. It is in the midst of struggle that dreams become a reality It’s in the midst of struggle  that dreams take on new meaning and  provide new hope … Continued

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tumblr_md4zxgEwxP1rrdbc9o1 Listen to this excerpt from the candlelight vigil after the Civil Rights Weekend Banquet!!

Reflections: Civil Rights Weekend

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This past weekend, The Jackson Center was busy helping facilitate the Civil Rights Weekend. Saturday morning, I helped set up Hargraves Community Center for the banquet later that evening. The tables were coordinated with yellow, orange, red, and brown tablecloths … Continued

Some news:

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Chapel Hill Civil Rights Weekend was a huge success across town: here at the Jackson Center and other community and University locations.  Among the events, ABC news covered Witness to Rights: an interactive exhibit of photos by Jim Wallace, presented by the … Continued

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tumblr_mco9bb1P0n1rrdbc9o1 This is an excerpt of an oral history interview with Esphur and Harold Foster. Esphur talks about how food was an integral part of her community growing up in the Northside neighborhood. It is a great listen, especially considering … Continued

Chapel Hill Civil Rights Weekend Schedule

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Community Events Civil Rights in Chapel Hill Celebration WeekendNovember 1-3 Ongoing Rebecca Clark Honorary Electoral Drive Longtime Northside resident and member at St. Paul’s, Rebecca Clark was renowned for her fierce commitment to achieving and using rights, not the least … Continued

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WELCOME, From The Jackson Center! It seems as if we have been on a small hiatus from the blog; but no fear, we are back in action! I’m Nicole, one of the Jackson Center’s newest additions, and I’ll be acting … Continued

This week…

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…at the Jackson Center we are all over the place! The Bonner Leaders have left us for the year to study for (and then pass) their final exams. Aleck and Hudson are on the third leg of the “Truth and … Continued

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Join us on April 21 for food, games and fellowship! On the lawn of St. Joseph CME in Chapel Hill from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM!

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       Hello! My name is Ayat Soufan. I work here at the Jackson Center as a part of the Food Justice program. I began my work here during my fall semester at UNC when I joined the Bonner … Continued

Kick-started

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The Food Justice Fellows are thrilled to announce that their Kickstarter campaign reached 100% funding on Wednesday evening. Don’t fear – we’re still accepting donations for the project! We can’t wait to save you a place at the table.

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(above, from left to right): Della, Joe, Aleck, Monica, and Jasmine getting things done in the Jackson Center, giving moral support, and having a planning session for May Day. (below-left): Chelsea and Jasmine sharing a moment after not seeing each … Continued

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“Daily Tar Heels staffers Mickey Blackwell and Wayne King, at far right, observe the sit-in that paralyzes Franklin Street on February 8, 1964.” –Courage in the Moment: The Civil Rights Struggle, 1961-1964, Photographs by Jim Wallace, Text by Paul Dickson. Jim … Continued

Development Goals

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We are very committed to processes that engage all residents in issues of development. Recently, the town council approved the creation of Shortbread Lofts. Shortbread will be a new development on Rosemary St, right alongside Northside. Standing at seven stories … Continued

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tumblr_m176v8PDJ21rrdbc9o1 Nothing Without Our History Esphur Foster, Interviewed by Hudson Vaughan Hello followers!  My name is Joe, and I work at the Marian Cheek Jackson Center.  We are a center for oral history and advocacy for a safe and friendly … Continued

Kickstarter Update

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“As a child we raised most of our vegetables. My father had a huge garden. We had a cow and chickens and of course we had chores too.” – Interview excerpt  Hello Friends and Supporters! We are very humbled and … Continued

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We are so excited to be on TUMBLR. To show this, we thought we’d share a photo of Hudson, an associate director, and Amanda, a friend of the center, compete against children in the donut eating contest from Fun on … Continued