Since the majority of us came of age in the 1950s, few have had the chance to study the history we were living during that time. And then there’s the history we were never taught, and many argue is still not being taught. This course will focus on first-person accounts of African Americans who grew up during the Jim Crow era, attending segregated schools and movie theaters and living in communities where the Ku Klux Klan was active. Through a first-person storytelling format, the instructor and guest speakers will share accounts of their lived experience during several historical periods: Jim Crow, the civil rights era, and today. The Black Experience in America features speakers who grew up during Jim Crow and were the first African American students to attend Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State University. Another speaker will share his friendship with the professional tennis player Arthur Ashe during a time when Whites and Blacks did not socialize. | Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated discussion.
PLEASE NOTE: This class is for 6 sessions beginning 9/14-10/26. There is NO CLASS on 9/28.