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Lecture on “Was I Born for This? North Carolina Slave Voices” by Lucinda MacKethan

when: Oct. 2, 2014

Lecture on “Was I Born for This? North Carolina Slave Voices” by Lucinda MacKethan will take place on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7 pm at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $16 for the general public and $11 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. To purchase admission, go to the Eventbrite web site by clicking here. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Dr. MacKethan will introduce the words, speeches, poetry, and narratives of North Carolina slaves and “ free people of color.” Their stories dramatize their struggle to be free long before the Civil War finally made them American citizens. We will learn how North Carolina’s African Americans did not wait for the Emancipation Proclamation but worked both within and beyond the boundaries of NC law to attain freedom.

Dr. Lucinda MacKethan is Alumni Distinguished Professor of English Emerita at NC State University, where she taught courses in Writing, Southern literature, and African American literature. She also served as Director of Creative Writing and Director of the English teacher certification program. She is the author or editor of six books, including Daughters of Time: Creating Women’s Voice in Southern Story and the co-edited Companion to Southern Literature, named a “Best Reference Work” by the American Library Association. She currently leads online webinars for the National Humanities Center and is a “Road Scholar” lecturer for the NC Humanities Council. Since 1992, she has been senior consultant for the award winning website, Scribblingwomen.org, which features radio plays adapted from stories by American women writers. She was a fellow at the National Humanities Center and received NCSU’s highest teaching honor, the Holladay Medal.


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