2020 Schedule

7th African Americans in Western North Carolina & Southern Appalachia Conference/Symposium

Existence as Resistance: Expressions of Resilience Pt. 2

Date: Oct 16th, 2020
Platform: Zoom Link to Register:
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Opening Session:10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:00 Welcome, Darin J. Waters, Ph.D.

10:05 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Opening Keynote address: Dr. Cicero M. Fain III: Community Building and Resilience in Huntington West Virginia: The Making of a Black Appalachian Community

10:45-11:45 Morning Panel: UNC Asheville Student Undergraduate Research Presentations

Panelists: Flo Jacques, Olivia Barnes, Chasity Bradley

12:00-12:30 Break

12:30- 1:30 Mid-Day Plenary Session: Introduction by Bill Turner, Ph.D.  Speaker: Dr. Rochelle Brandon, MD: African Americans and the Covid-19 Crisis

1:30- 2:30 Afternoon Panel: African American Resistance and Resilience through Artistic Expression in Southern Appalachia: Memorializing the Black Lives Matter Movement                          

Panelists: Marie Cochran, Joseph Pearson, Jenny Pickens, Sheneika Smith

2:30 – 3:00 Closing Plenary Session: Changing Our Narrative: Diversity and Inclusion and American History
Speaker: Mr. Ron Carson: Vice Chairman of the 400 Years of African-American History Commission