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Posted on: September 3, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Forum to explore issues faced by African Americans and their contributions in early 20th century

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Orange County Department on Aging and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition (OCCRC) invite the public to attend an enlightening forum on the social, economic and political issues encountered and addressed by African-Americans during the early 20th century.

The forum, Blacks in World War I, the Red Summer of 1919, and the Paris Pan African Congress, will feature special guest speaker, Dr. Adriane D. Lentz-Smith, PhD, Associate Professor in the History Department at Duke University.

Dr. Lentz-Smith is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans in World War I. She is currently working on her next book tentatively titled, Afterlives: Sagon Penn, State Violence and the Twilight of the Civil Rights Movement.

Also presenting will be Dr. Tony A. Frazier, Assistant Professor in the History Department, North Carolina Central University, and Dr. Freddie L. Parker, Professor, Emeritus of American History.

The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. – Noon at the Passmore Center located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

For more information, contact Freddie Parker at, Renee Price at, or online at

Sponsored by: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of the NAACP, Free Spirit Freedom [HAC], Center for the Study of the American South United Church of Chapel Hill, Orange County Human Relations Commission, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Orange County Arts Commission, UNC Center for Civil Rights, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Rogers Eubanks Neighborhood Association, Human Kindness Foundation, Marion Cheeks Jackson Center, and Orange County Department on Aging.

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