African Americans and Education:The Rosenwald School Legacy

Conference: April 28-30

Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Upperman African American Cultural Center, the Department of History, and the Watson School of Education

The purpose of this conference is to raise awareness of Rosenwald school history, provide information about resources for preserving the history of African Americans and education, and to examine current issues facing African American students in public schools. This conference is a follow-up to a conference held at UNCW in 2009 which brought together historians, educators, librarians, and community members to discuss the Rosenwald school legacy in the southeastern U.S. This year’s conference will be a two day event, held April 28-30th, that will include the debuting of a new documentary film on Rosenwald Schools and a site visit to a restored Rosenwald School.

Thursday, April 28

Morton Hall, Room 100

This evening will feature the premier of a new documentary film, produced and directed by Claudia Stack, on Rosenwald Schools. Dr. Glen Harris, Associate Professor in the UNCW History Department will provide opening remarks from 5:00-5:30 prior to the film. The film will be shown following his remarks. After the film, there will be a question and answer session with producer and director Claudia Stack.

Friday, April 29

Watson School of Education Building, Room 162

This day will feature a keynote address by Dr. Anthony Parent, professor of History at Wake Forest University, who will talk about African Americans and education in the 18th century. Throughout the day there will be several other speakers including George Edwards, Executive Director of Historic Wilmington Foundation, who will talk about the history of Rosenwald Schools in Southeastern North Carolina and the current preservation efforts underway at some of these schools. Other morning speakers will also include Mrs. Carrie Newkirk, a former student at a Rosenwald School, and Mr. James Faison, former Director of Industrial Education at Williston. Afternoon panelists will discuss current educational issues facing African American students and families. Panelists will include Nick Rhodes, former New Hanover County School Board member, Pamela Baldwin, new principal of Hoggard High School, Frankie Roberts, Director of LINC, INC, and Nathaniel French, Director of the Magnolia Scholars Program at Wake Forest University.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: If you withdraw from the conference 3 working days prior to the first day of the conference, you are entitled to a full refund minus a $10 cancellation fee, unless stated otherwise in the program description. For special event such as trips/plays there are no refunds after the registration deadline. If the class is cancelled by UNCW due to low enrollment, inclement weather, etc., a full refund will be issued.

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Optional site visit
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If paying by check please call 910-962-3195 to register and mail check made out to UNCW to: UNCW Public Service and Continuing Studies, 601 South College Road, Box 5614, Wilmington, NC 28403-5614. Questions about registration call 910-962-3195.

For More Information

Contact Donyell Roseboro at or 910-962-7318 or Paul Townend at or 910-962-3308