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Are we a “New South” city?

Aug. 01, 2017 / 88 Comments
Levine Museum's Education Manager, Eric Scott, responds to Rabbi Judy Schindler's op-ed "Are We a New South?"
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Meet Museum Members: Polly & Marcia

Jun. 07, 2017 / 110 Comments
Polly and Marcia moved from London just over a year ago and have felt right at home at Levine Museum of the New South.
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Meet Museum Members: Kevin Deery and Mary Strubble Deery

May. 02, 2017 / 114 Comments
From Southerners whose families have lived in Charlotte for generations, to folks who have just moved to Charlotte, Levine Museum has more than 500 members. Each month, read about our biggest supporters in our member Q&A.
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Levine Museum CEO & Historian Present at Knight Foundation Conference

Mar. 03, 2017 / 92 Comments
Kathryn Kill and Brenda Tindal recently attended the Knight Foundation's Media Learning Seminar
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The Future of the Arts & Culture Sector

Jan. 31, 2017 / 208 Comments
No matter which side of the political aisle you sit on, these are dizzying and disorienting times, especially for cultural institutions. And museums may be in for a particularly rocky road.
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A Creation of a Real-Time Response Museum Exhibit

Jan. 04, 2017 / 102 Comments
As first conceived, K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace was a small, relatively straightforward exhibit. For the past five years, Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr. has documented protests throughout the country that have taken place in the wake of police-involved shootings. Under the direction of history professor Dr. Tiffany Packer, students at Johnson C. Smith University have gathered stories, objects, and photographs to tell the narratives of victims of those shootings.
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From the President, Kathryn Hill

Dec. 06, 2016 / 100 Comments
Having been on the job only about ninety days, I am still on a steep and fascinating learning curve and I am happily discovering new facets of this organization daily. But what I know unequivocally is that this is the hardest-working staff I’ve ever seen.
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Welcoming Week | Latin American Coalition

Sep. 20, 2016 / 83 Comments
For Welcoming Week we interviewed three organizations that support Charlotte's immigration and refugee community. Each organization supports families from around the world now living in Charlotte. The Latin American Coalition works toward making our city a more welcoming community.
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We're Hosting Online Conversations Around Recent Events | Chaos or Community?

Jul. 13, 2016 / 56 Comments
In light of the tragic events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas, we are reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King’s critical line of inquiry as he grappled with the demands of the civil rights movement: “Where do we go from here, chaos or community?” In challenging times such as these, community is where we find the best expression of ourselves and where we find strength. We choose community.
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In the Exhibit | F.A. Clinton

Jun. 02, 2016 / 73 Comments
Walk through our Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers exhibit and one of the first pieces often noticed is the desk of Frederick Albert Clinton. F.A. Clinton appears in the black and white photo behind the desk as a no-nonsense, proud man. His story reveals why.
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Queen City Brews: Birdsong Brewing

May. 11, 2016 / 56 Comments
During New South for the New Southerner: Queen City Brews, explore the history of brewing in Charlotte with Daniel Hartis, author of "Charlotte Beer." Meet the Birdsong Brewing Co., one of three breweries providing beer samples.
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Queen City Brews: NoDa Brewing Company

May. 04, 2016 / 55 Comments
The Charlotte area is home to nearly 20 breweries with more popping up each month. Three local companies will join us for this month's New South for the New Southerner: Queen City Brews. Meet the NoDa Brewing Company.
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Charlotte Woman of the Year | Molly Barker, 2004

Mar. 22, 2016 / 53 Comments
Each year the Charlotte Woman of the Year organization awards a local woman who exemplifies philanthropy, advocacy and community. Meet 2004 Charlotte Woman of the Year, Molly Barker.
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Charlotte Woman of the Year | Vi Lyles, 2003

Mar. 17, 2016 / 49 Comments
In honor of the upcoming Charlotte Woman of the Year Award/A Woman’s Place on March 22, we are taking a look back and speaking with previous award recipients.
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Charlotte Woman of the Year | Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, 2010

Mar. 10, 2016 / 85 Comments
Each year the Charlotte Woman of the Year organization awards a local woman who exemplifies philanthropy, advocacy and community. Meet 2010 Charlotte Woman of the Year, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown.
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Using History and Media to Build Community

Mar. 07, 2016 / 51 Comments
With each exhibit, we consider how we can teach visitors something they never knew, how can we encourage them to become life-long learners and how can this inspire them to share their experience. ¡NUEVOlution! is our most ambitious and interactive exhibits to date. And the project as a whole expands on our vision of using history to build community.
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Charlotte Woman of the Year | Velva Woollen, 1998

Mar. 02, 2016 / 55 Comments
In honor of the upcoming Charlotte Woman of the Year Award/A Woman’s Place on March 22, we are taking a look back and speaking with previous award recipients.
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Ask an Activist: Casey Aldridge

Feb. 18, 2016 / 87 Comments
In October 2014, Casey Aldridge along with hundreds of UNC Charlotte students pulled off the largest walkout in the state. Here he shares what inspires his activism, his Concord, North Carolina upbringing and how social media plays a role in activism.
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Ask an Activist: Ashley Williams

Feb. 10, 2016 / 281 Comments
We continue our profile of youth activists in the Charlotte area who have turned their passion into action. These young people are making an impact across various spectrums of activism.
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Ask an Activist: Gloria Merriweather

Feb. 03, 2016 / 81 Comments
With the advent of social media, social justice has taken on a new role and far greater reach. These young activists (all under 30 years of age) we will profile support a broad range of causes from police brutality to education to LGBTQ rights. Meet Charlotte's latest new faces of activism.
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Lila Weaver

Dec. 23, 2015 / 58 Comments
¡NUEVOlution! Artist Lila Weaver talks moving from Argentina, racial violence and her illustrated memoir.
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Mario Petrirena

Dec. 16, 2015 / 84 Comments
¡NUEVOlution! artist Mario Petrirena finds art out of discarded objects and how each can tell a story. Read about what he wants viewers to take away from his photographs.
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Ricardo Morales

Dec. 01, 2015 / 54 Comments
¡NUEVOlution! artist Ricardo Morales shares his inspiration from political movements, what makes screenprinting different from other art forms, and what he wants viewers to take away from ¡NUEVOlution!
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¡NUEVOlution! The Team Behind the Exhibit - Darcie Fohrman

Nov. 18, 2015 / 54 Comments
Darcie Fohrman, ¡NUEVOlution! Exhibition Developer shares what makes an exhibit a success, working with Levine Museum again and challenges she faced while developing the exhibit.
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Ask an Author: John Hood of Catalyst

Nov. 03, 2015 / 45 Comments
Tomorrow at 6pm author John Hood joins former Governor Jim Martin to discuss Gov. Martin's legacy as a North Carolina Republican. Hood will also discuss his new book "Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans."
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Emily's 8 Lessons Learned (1995-2015)

Oct. 29, 2015 / 85 Comments
Retiring president Emily Zimmern shares her 8 lessons learned during her time at Levine Museum and within the Charlotte nonprofit community. These 8 lessons were shared with guests of Emily's farewell party.
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A Letter from Emily

Oct. 28, 2015 / 49 Comments
As we bid farewell to our president Emily Zimmern, we asked for some final words. As Levine Museum president for 20 years, Emily has experiences moments filled with memorable events and milestones, profound exhibits and programs, and many special guests. Emily reflects on her time at the Museum, what she's most proud of and what she's learned. Thank you Emily for 20 inspiring years!
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Edward Noriega

Oct. 20, 2015 / 84 Comments
¡NUEVOlution! artist Edward Noriega shares his experiences with teaching in the South, social inequality and how he promotes social change through his work.
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Stanley Bermudez

Oct. 14, 2015 / 83 Comments
Continuing our Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist series, Stanley Bermudez discusses his family of artists, "Contrapunto," and what visitors can expect in the exhibit.
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Pilar Martínez

Oct. 07, 2015 / 75 Comments
¡NUEVOlution! Artist Pilar Martínez discusses how her advertising background influenced her art, putting together fragmented pieces of identity, and what she hopes visitors learn from the exhibit.
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Rosa Murillo

Oct. 01, 2015 / 50 Comments
We continue our "Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist" with Mexico born, Charlotte-based Rosa Murillo.
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Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist | Rosalia Torres-Weiner

Sep. 24, 2015 / 49 Comments
We are pleased to introduce the artists who have contributed works of art to ¡NUEVOlution! Discover what motivates, influences and inspires their artwork during our "Ask a ¡NUEVOlution! Artist" series.
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¡NUEVOlution! The Team Behind the Exhibit - Oliver Merino

Sep. 16, 2015 / 44 Comments
Oliver Merino, Latino New South Coordinator discusses his experience working on ¡NUEVOlution! and what he is most looking forward to in the exhibit.
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¡NUEVOlution! The Team Behind the Exhibit - Kamille Bostick

Sep. 09, 2015 / 58 Comments
Our ¡NUEVOlution! behind-the-scenes Q&A continues with Kamille Bostick, VP of Education.
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¡NUEVOlution! The Team Behind the Exhibit - Dr. Tom

Sep. 02, 2015 / 49 Comments
The team behind ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South share behind-the-scenes stories about the making of our most ambitious project to date.
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Paint and Paper! Conexiones: Exchanges Across Cultures with Art

Aug. 06, 2015 / 110 Comments
Our summer series, Conexiones: Exchanges across Cultures concludes with Latin American art; Sunday, August 16 at 2:30 p.m. Meet one of the artist who will lead the session, Nico Amortegui.
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Tango or Samba Anyone? Conexiones: Exchanges Across Cultures with Music and Dance

Jul. 08, 2015 / 45 Comments
The second installment in the Museum's summer series celebrates the dance and music of Latin America with a band and dance instructors.
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Ask an Activist: Irving Allen

Jun. 24, 2015 / 71 Comments
We continue our profile of youth activists in the Charlotte area who have turned their passion into action. These young people are making an impact across areas including environmentalism, education, LGBTQ, voting, and community. They are “being the change, they want to see.”
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Ask an Activist: Hanna Mitchell

Jun. 17, 2015 / 156 Comments
Our youth activist series continues with Hanna Mitchell, Environmental Activist
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Conexiones: Exchanges Across Cultures with Food

Jun. 10, 2015 / 37 Comments
This first installment of our summer series explores the many foods of Latin America with chefs and home cooks from several regions.
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Ask an Activist: Bree Newsome

Jun. 03, 2015 / 66 Comments
There are rising stars among us who are passionate about issues facing our community and who are taking action. For several weeks over this summer, we will profile youth activists in the Charlotte area who have turned their passion into action. Hear their story and discover your activist. Meet Bree Newsome: Activist, Speaker!
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Destination Freedom: A Look Back

May. 21, 2015 / 52 Comments
Last week marked the closing of our two-year series of programs and exhibits. Here is a look back at "Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now
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The Start of the New South

Apr. 09, 2015 / 27 Comments
On April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army at the Appomattox Courthouse. The Old South was dead, and, as we cite in our introductory video to the exhibit Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, the New South was about to begin.
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"Beginning of the New South" Program Feedback

Apr. 08, 2015 / 38 Comments
After hosting a program on Tuesday evening with Bertram Hayes-Davis, great-great grandson of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and historian and scholar Dr. David Goldfield, we received a comment from one of the guests which prompted this blog post.
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The Story Behind the Exhibit: Cedars in the Pines:The Lebanese in North Carolina, 130 Years in History

Apr. 01, 2015 / 1 Comments
Part 2 of our story behind the Cedars in the Pines exhibit. We continue our Q&A with Marjorie Stevens the Center’s Senior Researcher and Caroline Muglia head of Communications.
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The Story Behind the Exhibit: Cedars in the Pines:The Lebanese in North Carolina, 130 Years in History

Mar. 26, 2015 / 46 Comments
We had the opportunity to speak with Marjorie Stevens the Center’s Senior Researcher and Caroline Muglia head of Communications to discuss the history of the Lebanese in North Carolina and its role in the exhibit. Cedars in the Pines is on display now through August 9.
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The Story Behind the Exhibit: No Roadmap: Integrating the Charlotte Medical Community 1951-1965

Feb. 26, 2015 / 24 Comments
In the early 1880s African Americans living in the South had limited access to professional medical care and facilities. Here is the story of the doctors who set to make changes.
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10 Must Watch Black Documentaries

Feb. 04, 2015 / 35 Comments
PBS’ Black Culture Connection has compiled a great list of the “10 Must Watch Black History Documentaries" and we are screening one of the films on the list.
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Youth Voices in Museum Design and Interactives

Jan. 07, 2015 / 21 Comments
Throughout the year we have interns work in several departments. Here is one intern's take on the Museum experience.
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Practicing Empathy

Dec. 17, 2014 / 43 Comments
As a child, I used to believe that empathy required experiencing the exact same situation or conditions as another person in order to understand their experiences. However, Levine Museum has changed that perception.
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Who's in the Room?

Oct. 23, 2014 / 34 Comments
While interning for the Education Department at Levine Museum of the New South this summer, I've heard community members time and again comment, “Now, the Levine Museum does history the right way.” Over the course of this summer, I've increasingly understood what it means to “do history” the “right way.”
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Ask an Artist: Nancy O'Neil, Looking Forward/Looking Back

Oct. 01, 2014 / 79 Comments
Levine Museum is excited to host Looking Forward/Looking Back, an exhibit of the public art to be integrated into the first phase of the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar project. The exhibit of collages by artist Nancy O’Neil is on display now through March 30, 2015.
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Ask an Activist: Carla Fuller, Help the Refugees

Sep. 15, 2014 / 26 Comments
With National Welcoming Week this week (Sept. 13-21), Levine Museum is reaching out to the Greater Carolina community and asking how we can create a more welcoming environment for all newcomers. As part of our Welcoming Week events, Levine Museum spoke with Carla Fuller, who works with Burmese refugees and is making a difference in her own backyard.
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A Century of Change: Charlotte, Banking and the Federal Reserve

Sep. 11, 2014 / 34 Comments
Levine Museum of the New South and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond are pleased to co-host a panel discussion, “A Century of Change: Charlotte, Banking and the Federal Reserve,” on Tuesday, September 16. Matt Martin, the Richmond Fed’s Charlotte regional executive, answers questions about the Fed’s founding 100 years ago and the opening of the Charlotte office in 1927.
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Kinship and Conflict

Aug. 19, 2014 / 30 Comments
Levine Museum of the New South houses many exhibits that foster community connections. One of which, Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges is on view through Sept. 14, 2014. In the exhibit, it discusses the not widely known connection between several Jewish refugee professors who came to the U.S. during WWII and ended up teaching at Historically Black Colleges.
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History ACTIVE 2014: Connecting the Carolinas to the Diaspora

Aug. 14, 2014 / 24 Comments
From July 14-16, Levine Museum took twelve students to Charleston, South Carolina, to complement their week-long intensive on the African Diaspora and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Throughout the trip, students were asked to reflect upon the histories that they learned and connect them to their own lived experiences as well as think critically about current social issues.
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History ACTIVE 2014: the African Diaspora and the Americas Today

Jul. 08, 2014 / 31 Comments
From June 23-27, 2014, the Museum hosted HistoryACTIVE, its 5-day summer learning institute for students looking to further their knowledge on key historical aspects. This year, HistoryACTIVE focused on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the African Diaspora, encouraging students to reflect and think upon how the African Diaspora impacts the Americas today.
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A Look Back: Charlotte and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- Part II

Jul. 02, 2014 / 46 Comments
A Look Back: Charlotte and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- Part II
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A Look Back: Charlotte and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- Part I

Jun. 30, 2014 / 1 Comments
July 2 marks the 50th anniversary of the historical Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Charlotte area played a huge role from the beginning. In this two-part series our Dr. Tom takes a look back on Charlotte's impact in the Civil Rights movement and the actions that lead to the passing of this landmark legislative bill.
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Guest Blogger: Kevin Vandiver, Charlotte Freedom School Partners

May. 22, 2014 / 40 Comments
The current Faces of Freedom Summer photo exhibit looks back at the historic 1964 efforts by college students to register African American voters in Mississippi. As part of that project, activists organized Freedom Schools to awaken African American youth to black history and their rights as citizens. Today a new generation of Freedom Schools aims to help young people turn summers into a time of scholarly advancement. Our guest blogger, Kevin Vandiver works as the Development Coordinator for Charlotte Freedom School Partners.
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Ask a Curator: Bonnie Gurewitsch, Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow Part Two

May. 08, 2014 / 24 Comments
Today, we continue our two-part interview with Bonnie Gurewitsch, the curator of our new exhibit, Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges.
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Ask a Curator: Bonnie Gurewitsch, Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow Part One

May. 07, 2014 / 30 Comments
At Levine Museum of the New South, we love sharing history with compelling, often surprising stories that help people connect with the past and each other. The new exhibit, Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refuge Scholars at Black Colleges, does exactly that.
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Ask an Author: Ed Williams Author of Liberating Dixie

Apr. 22, 2014 / 56 Comments
On Monday, April 28 at 5:30 p.m., Ed Williams will discuss new book Liberating Dixie during our New South for the New Southerner series. He'll join our staff historian Dr. Tom Hanchett for a wide-ranging conversation remembering notable Carolina characters, recalling Civil Rights history and contemplating the changing South.
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Guest Blogger: Patricia Atilano Co-organizer of The Changing South: Women in Poetry & local writer

Mar. 26, 2014 / 1 Comments
Being a women in any part of the world, is a passionate challenge that transforms with supreme beauty in her environment. Woman is beauty, and beauty is woman.
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Diggin' History Through Music and Dance: A.M. "Toni" Tupponce

Mar. 11, 2014 / 24 Comments
Finding‭ ‬“my voice‭”‬ has been a journey that I am still on‭…‬with no arrival date or end place in sight.
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Ask an Activist! Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid

Mar. 03, 2014 / 35 Comments
Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid is a participatory art project, conceived and orchestrated by artist Annabel Manning. Immigrant youth from Charlotte and the Triangle area of North Carolina collaborated with Manning to create portraits, which were then digitally altered to portray the youth's visible and invisible status simultaneously. Compelling and personal, the pieces featured in the exhibit demonstrate how art can be a deliberative and imaginative forum for exploring complex issues about immigrant labor, education, and legal status.
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Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall

Feb. 18, 2014 / 31 Comments
Faces of Freedom Summer, an exhibit featuring 102 photographs taken by Herbert Randall in Hattiesburg, Miss., opens this Saturday, February 22. These powerful images document the struggles and triumphs of Civil Rights activists and disenfranchised African-American voters during the summer of 1964.
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Guest Blogger: Eric Mullis, Triptych Collective

Feb. 05, 2014 / 49 Comments
Through lectures, panel discussions, book signings, workshops, walking tours and more, Levine Museum offers a wide variety of fun, learning opportunities. The Museum provides historical context for contemporary issues, thoughtful community forums, and explorations of the sights, sounds and ideas of the Carolina Piedmont.
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Ask an Artist! Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid

Jan. 30, 2014 / 71 Comments
Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid is a participatory art project, conceived and orchestrated by artist Annabel Manning. Immigrant youth from Charlotte and the Triangle area of North Carolina collaborated with Manning to create portraits, which were then digitally altered to portray the youth's visible and invisible status simultaneously.
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Ask an Artist!: View From The Other Side

Dec. 11, 2013 / 33 Comments
View from the Other Side features local artists' response to the previous exhibit, Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham. The artists created pieces working within the topic of Civil Rights struggles in our region. Both exhibits are a part of the Museum's two-year series, Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now.
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Ask an Artist!: View From The Other Side

Dec. 05, 2013 / 35 Comments
View from the Other Side features local artists' response to the previous exhibit, Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham. The artists created pieces working within the topic of Civil Rights struggles in our region. Both exhibits are a part of the Museum's two-year series, Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now.
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Ask an Artist!: View from the Other Side

Nov. 25, 2013 / 31 Comments
View from the Other Side features local artists' responses to the exhibit, Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham. The artists submitted pieces related to the topic of Civil Rights struggles in our region. Both exhibits are presented as part of the Museum's two-year series, Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now. To bring deeper insights into the exhibit, we asked the artists to talk about their work and share what in history inspired them and what they hope guests gain from their art.
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Destination Freedom Kick Off: Ask an Activist!

Sep. 13, 2013 / 36 Comments
This Sunday is our official Destination Freedom Kick Off, a free afternoon program featuring panel discussions, new exhibits and entertainment, along with a special talk by Civil Rights activist Diane Nash. In preparing for Sunday, we had the opportunity to ask several of the panelists questions surrounding the pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement, their own activism, and what they are looking forward to during the Destination Freedom Kick Off.
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