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The Center for the Study of the New South in UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences promotes discourse and dialogue on a rich and diverse constellation of topics and ideas relating to the New South.  Known as the period of regional history from the end of the Civil War to the modern era, the New South offers a bold tapestry of history, culture, social movements, and political issues ripe for reflection and study.

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Events for 2014 - 15

UNC Charlotte Center for the Study of the New South Offers Community Conversations on Why the Black American Male Still Matters


The second in a yearlong series of candid community conversations on the relevance of the American black male in the 21st century will focus on Where is the Black Male? The Invisible Man on High School and College Campuses. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 21 at 6 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City. 

UNC Charlotte’s Center for the Study of the New South in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is presenting the free series, titled “Real Talk: A Community Conversation – The Black American Male and Why He Still Matters in the 21st Century.” The Question Bridge: Black Males transmedia art project serves as a foundation for the sessions.

“Together, we will explore the unique challenges faced by the black American male – a man who, in many cases, still searches for his authentic self in a society within which he continues to be misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented,” said Jeffrey Leak, director of the Center for the Study of the New South at UNC Charlotte. “We welcome all members of the community to join us for what is sure to be opportunities for thoughtful, respectful dialogue.”

The panel for the August 21 event is:

  • Dr. C. P. Gause, Founder and Editor, Journal of Black Masculinity
  • Dr. Arthur Jackson, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, UNC Charlotte
  • Dr. Chance Lewis, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor, Endowed Chair of Urban Education, UNC Charlotte
  • Dr. Roslyn Mickelson, Professor, Department of Sociology, UNC Charlotte
  • Adrian Sundiata, Dean of Students, Crossroads Charter High School

Each event will feature a collection of content experts from academia, the community and the non-profit world. All events will be held at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street Charlotte. The events are from 6 to 8 p.m. In addition to the August event, the dates and topics for the conversations are:

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014, Color, Culture and Cash: Realities and Fallacies of Employment and Economic Equity, with Dr. Patrick Graham, CEO, Urban League of Central Carolinas; Eric Watson, President and CEO, Carolinas MSDC; Kevin Henry, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Snyder’s Lance; and Brian Willis, Chair of Economic Empowerment, 100 Black Men of America.
  • Monday, January 19, 2015, Heart and Soul: What the Health of the Black American Male Means to the Entire Community
  • Thursday April 23, 2015, Gone ‘Til November: Why the Judicial System Fails the Black American Male
  • Thursday May 21, 2015, I Am a Man! Black, Male and Gay

RSVPs are on a first-come, first-served basis to ralbert2@uncc.edu or 704-687-0085. When RSVPing, please include which event you plan to attend, the number and names of the attendees and contact information. To join the conversation via social media during and following the gatherings: #whydoesHEstillmatter?

The Question Bridge: Black Males project considers a series of thought-provoking questions that guide a transmedia discussion of perceived obstacles confronted by black males in the United States. The exhibition provides unfiltered insight into the perspectives of African American males across varying geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social divides. Originating in 1996, this project sought to utilize new media to incite meaningful discourse regarding San Diego’s African American community. The first event of the series, which was held May 22, 2014, focused on Family Matters: What Does the Future Hold for the Black Male and His Family?

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Dr.Jeffrey B. Leak, Director
Ctr. for the Study of the New South
Fretwell 280D
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: 704-687-2708
jleak@uncc.edu