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Check out these NC natives on Squid Game: The Challenge on Netflix!!!

Check out these NC natives on Squid Game: The Challenge on Netflix!!!

We would like to say a huge congrats to our Chapter Sorors Darlene and Arlene Mitchell for being on the Netflix Show Squid Game: The Challenge!

We! See! Y'all!

Check this NC slang you might hear today!

Check this NC slang you might hear today!


The best HBCU women's tennis team in the country resides in Durham.


We are saddened at the loss of Sarah Keys Evans, a trailblazer for civil rights, who passed away Thursday morning in a hospital in New Jersey.

At 22 years old on Aug. 2, 1952, Sarah Keys Evans
was dressed in her Woman’s Army Corps uniform traveling from New Jersey to her hometown of Washington in North Carolina. Upon arrival at the Roanoke Rapids bus station, she was arrested after refusing to give up her seat to a White Marine and move to the back of the bus. A 1955 ruling in the civil rights case Keys v. Carolina Coach Company was in favor of Evans’ filed complaint to the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission regarding the incident. The ruling was announced publicly six days before Rosa Parks made her stand by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, which set in motion the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycotts.


Culture Quiz!!! Comment your answer below.

Culture Quiz!!! Comment your answer below.


On this day, October 7th, in African American Herstory

In 1902, Martha Louise Morrow Foxx was born. She was a pioneering Black educator of the blind in Mississippi.

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, an eye disease left Foxx partially blind as a child. She entered the Raleigh School for the Blind as a child until her family moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when she was eleven. There she was enrolled in the Overbrook School for the Blind, later beginning college at Temple University.

After her first year, she moved to the Piney Woods Country School near Jackson, Mississippi, to begin her career. In the summers after starting there, she completed her college at the West Virginia State College, University of Wisconsin Madison, and Hampton Institute, where she received her bachelor's degree. Foxx founded the Mississippi Blind School for Negroes on the Piney Woods School campus in April 1929. Initially called the "house mistress," she was later the school's principal.

In 1945, Helen Keller visited the Piney Woods School and appeared before the state legislature to appeal for funding. In 1950 the new Mississippi School for the Blind for white and Black students was completed. It was moved to its new location on Capers Street in Jackson, Mississippi, where Foxx was the principal. Foxx’s teaching philosophy embraced a very modern dynamic of learning outside the walls of the classroom and incorporating nature into lessons. She often took the children into the surrounding woods to hunt for plums and to pick wild berries.

Ernestine Archie, a graduate of the school's first class of 1934, recalled Foxx’s determination that the visually handicapped students be allowed to enjoy outings just as the sighted students did and that their senses of touch, taste, sound, and smell made up for the deficiency in sight. Archie recalled how the dynamic teacher also claimed that these forays into nature sharpened the blind students’ "sixth sense," honing their spirits and minds. Utilizing what at the time were progressive techniques, Foxx taught her students to read Braille and special large-print books.

Her techniques and leadership are credited with guiding the Mississippi Blind School for Negroes towards integration, embodied by the creation of the Mississippi School for the Blind for blacks and whites in 1950. Martha Foxx retired from her job as principal in 1969. She died in 1975. (African American Registry, 2023)


: On September 28,1892, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) was founded by Dr. Simon Green Atkins. Originally founded as the Slater Industrial Academy in Winston-Salem, NC.

The school began with just 25 students and one teacher. Since it’s founding, WSSU has grown to more than 39 buildings on 117 acres, with over 400 faculty members and over 5,000 students.

Happy Founders Day Rams! ❤️🖤


John Merrick, one of the original founders of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, with his daughters, Geneva, Mabel, and Martha, c.1909.


Hyde County native Sidney Selby, famed jazz blues musician and guitarist, died on September 23, 2020. Born in the Lake Landing area of Hyde County, North Carolina on July 28, 1931, Selby had lived in Germany since the 1980s. He was married to Mara von Hartz-Selby.

Selby’s original nickname was “Bone Crusher” but he was later known as “Guitar Crusher” following an incident at a club where he was performing. A customer became rowdy and Selby smashed him over the head with his guitar.

Early in his career, he reportedly toured with many well-known musical groups such as The Drifters and The Isley Brothers. He also recorded a number of singles and albums. Following his move to Germany he performed at many European venues with the Midnight Rockers.

📷Guitar Crusher

This is my kind of carrying on!

This is my kind of carrying on!


Category: People, Academics Date: September 5, 2023 Winston-Salem State University ranked by Money magazine as one of the Best Colleges in America WSSU News & Information Winston-Salem State University is ranked as one of the Best Colleges in America for the seventh year in a row by Money magazine.....


| Actor Jamie Foxx will portray NCCU Law alumnus Willie E. Gary '74 in the upcoming film "The Burial." The film depicts Gary's legal battle to save Jeremiah O'Keefe's Mississippi funeral home from a corporate giant.

The film arrives in select theaters on October 6 and on Prime Video starting October 13, 2023. |


The North Carolina Museum of History is offering transportation assistance to schools for field trips with travel grants for the 2023-2024 school year. Applications are now open through Friday, Sep…


Born in Wadesboro, NC Blind Boy Fuller was an American blues guitarist and singer. Fuller was one of the most popular Piedmont blues artists of the time. As a boy he learned to play the guitar and also learned from older singers the field hollers, country rags, traditional songs and blues popular in poor rural areas. Blind Boy Fuller was recognized as one of two Main Honorees by the Sesquicentennial Honors Commission at the Durham 150 Closing Ceremony in Durham, NC on November 2, 2019.

The posthumous recognition was bestowed upon him for his contributions to the Piedmont Blues. His influence is acknowledged by many rock artists whose styles draw from the blues, including the Rolling Stones, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton and others.

Artist: Scott Nurkin


Grandchildren of to***co sharecropper Mr. Zollie Lyons down at barns.
Wake County, NC. July 1939.

Photographer: Dorothea Lange.
Sourced from: LOC collection.

Valuable Oklahoma Black History!!!

Valuable Oklahoma Black History!!!

By the 1920s, Oklahoma was home to some 50 African-American towns, in addition to a large and prosperous black community living in the city of Tulsa. These t...


The life of a major figure in the African American civil rights movement from North Carolina will be recognized with a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker.

The marker commemorating Robert Franklin Williams will be unveiled during a ceremony on Aug. 26 in his hometown, Monroe North Carolina.

A panel discussion about Williams' impact on Union County and the nation as it relates to integration and Civil Rights will be held at the Batte Center at Wingate University at 11 a.m., followed by the unveiling of the marker at the corner of Boyte Street and U.S. 74 in Monroe at 2 p.m.

For more information about the historical marker and the event, please visit


⌛🕰 It's , we're going back to 1914's football team (now Elizabeth City State University )

📸Elizabeth City State Colored Normal School football team (now ECSU), on the steps of the new administration building, 1914. Professor Logan of Howard University was one of the coaches.

Courtesy Elizabeth City State University


Born in Climax, NC music executive, film producer, businessman, and trailblazing culture shifter, Clarence Avant has passed away at the age of 92. Known as "The Black Godfather," Avant grew up in Greensboro, and attended the iconic Dudley High School before moving to New Jersey.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021, Avant received The Ahmet Ertegun Award, given to non-performing industry professionals who have impacted music and culture. Clarence Avant was a true trailblazer and icon.



Preserve, Protect, and Promote

The North Carolina General Assembly created the African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) in 2008 to “assist the Secretary of Cultural Resources in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of African American history, arts, and culture.” The commission works across the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to achieve the mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting North Carolina’s African American history, art, and culture, for all people.

Walk right in: These 8 NC DMV offices have had no wait on Saturdays

Walk right in: These 8 NC DMV offices have had no wait on Saturdays

In some parts of the state, DMV Commissioner Wayne Goodwin tells WRAL 5 On Your Side, there are DMV offices have zero wait times especially during Saturday walk in hours.


Asheville, NC- Allen Industrial Training School - May 17th Graduating Class of 1911 - Allen was a private boarding school for African American girls.

Source: Andrea Clark collection-Buncombe County Special Collections




Ain't no BBQ like Eastern NC BBQ! 😎


We are excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Tiwanna Nevels as the Assistant State Librarian for the State Library of North Carolina.

Dr. Nevels has over nine years of administrative and management experience in libraries and most recently served as Director of Library Services at Saint Augustine’s University. She has also served as Chair for the HBCU Library Alliance and as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging consultant for Clemson University Libraries. Dr. Nevels is passionate about making an impact on those she serves through libraries. She has worked in public and academic libraries for 14 years. She earned her MLS at North Carolina Central University and her Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of Maryland Global Campus.

Tiwanna has lived in Raleigh since 2004 but is a native of New Bern, located on the coast of North Carolina. “My favorite thing to do when I go home is getting ice cream from the Maola Milk ice cream parlor, The Cow Café, while walking around downtown to see the boats going out and coming in. It’s also a great time to take a tour of Tryon Palace.

Dr. Nevels has a son named JaMarley, a daughter named Tyara, and a two-year-old granddaughter named Emorie.





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This page was created in an effort to rectify the state of North Carolina’s lack of an “in person” museum that tells the stories of its African American population and their achievements. African Americans in and from North Carolina have and continue to contribute a great deal to state’s history and culture. This page will share some of their stories.