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Free Expression Tunnel at NC State.

Jun 25, 2019

Bibles and Blue Jeans: How Gay Liberation Came to NC State

Violent protests at New York's Stonewall Inn 50 years ago sparked a social and political revolution. When the drive for equality reached NC State a decade later, it started with a prayer. 

Recent photo of Irwin Holmes in his letterman's jacket.

Oct 15, 2018

Holmes Hall Honors Groundbreaking Graduate, Athlete

Irwin Holmes, NC State's first black graduate and the first varsity athlete to compete at an Atlantic Coast Conference school, will be honored for his perseverance and dedication to the university when the University College Commons is renamed Holmes Hall. 

A statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Apr 5, 2018

Concert Marks 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Death

The Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra, a program of NC State’s Department of Music, will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by performing an evening of music by African-American composers in Stewart Theatre. The concert will include the world premiere of Sinfonietta of Dreams, a piece specially commissioned for this event. 

Oct 12, 2017

Class Trip Explores People’s History of Civil Rights

History comes alive for students in NC State’s popular Topics in History and Memory course. Professor Katherine Mellen Charron recounts lessons learned on a recent class trip to historic sites in the ongoing struggle for African-American civil rights in North Carolina. 

Mar 28, 2016

GLBT Center Sponsors ‘Week of Action’

Students get hands-on training in some of the tools for advancing social justice, including public art and social media. 

Oct 8, 2015

Top History Paper Examines Early Voting Rights Case

History student Micah Khater recounts the fascinating details of a Depression-era civil rights case in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Her groundbreaking work is named the best undergraduate history paper in the state. 

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to a crowd.

Aug 12, 2015

MLK Dream Resounds in Historic Audio

Five decades after he shared his vision of a just society in a segregated high school gymnasium in North Carolina, Martin Luther King’s dream finds a new voice. 

Nov 18, 2014

Two Hearts, One Love

As North Carolina becomes the 29th state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples celebrate a historic milestone. Meet NC State's newest 'newlyweds,' whose love has endured for years. 

Feb 12, 2014

Civil Rights Effort Inspires Dance

Don't miss the opportunity to see a new, exciting dance performance in progress and talk with the choreographers. Students, faculty and staff are invited to an open rehearsal of "Operation Breadbasket." 

Aug 28, 2013

Films Mark Anniversary of March

Fifty years ago Americans gathered in Washington D.C. for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Attend a campus film festival marking the anniversary. 

Feb 23, 2011

5 Questions with Juan Williams

Author and commentator Juan Williams has strong opinions about the most inspiring leaders of the civil rights movement. See if you agree in this preview of Williams' March 3 keynote speech. 

Jan 26, 2011

Charron’s Civil Rights Book Honored

Dr. Katherine Mellen Charron’s book, Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark, was selected as the best book of South Carolina history published in the preceding calendar year. 

Sep 28, 2010

Charron’s Book Wins Award

Dr. Katherine Mellen Charron, assistant professor of history, has won the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for best monograph on Southern women’s history. The Southern Association of Women’s Historians will present the award during the annual meeting this November in Charlotte.