Triangle Bikeworks will host its annual Lunch & Learn series to educate the youth and community on the
theme of the 2023 summer tour: The Civil Rights Era
June 22, 2021 – June 24, 2021 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
The theme of this year's free event focuses on Oral History: The First Kind of History. Even the movie Titanic, which so many of us have seen, is largely captured through an oral history and practically begins as such.
Oral history helps round out the stories of the past.
Oral history provides a fuller, more accurate picture of the human experience and augments the information provided by public records, statistical data, photographs, maps, letters, diaries, and other historical materials.
Sign Up for this unique Community Lunch & Learn series highlighting Oral Histories of North Carolina's Civil Rights Era and how you can get involved with your own oral history project.
Danita Mason-Hogans, MA
is an award-winning civil rights historian, educator, speaker, writer and activist. Danita is a native of Chapel Hill, NC from seven generations on both sides of her family. The daughter of Dave Mason of the Chapel Hill Nine, who began the first sit-in of Chapel Hill’s civil rights’ movement, igniting decade of protests against segregation.
Danita's acclaimed TEDx Talk "Why the Way We Tell Stories is A Social Justice Issue" was featured on TED where she describes the Critical Oral History methodology, which she uses for her podcast RE/Collecting Chapel Hill.
Working with community partners, school systems, universities, activists and historians she collaborates and consults to document local and national
history from the “inside out” and from the “bottom up.”
The James Cates scholars share their experiences with oral history
The James Cates Remembrance Coalition, is a collective that includes Cates’s family members, community leaders, scholars, activists, and students that commemorate James Cates’s life and death through a multi-phase community history project.
Triangle Bikeworks youth will host the James Cates scholars as they discuss their commemorative work.
James Cates was a 22-year-old man who was murdered on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 1970.
The James Cates Remembrance Coalition, a collective that
includes Cates’s family members, community leaders, scholars, activists, and students who are commemorating James Cates’s life and death through a multi-phase community history project.
Coalition members provide historical context about James Cates, including what happened the evening he was murdered and its future implications. Attendees will learn about the growing research archive as well as ongoing efforts to collect history, future project goals, and an update of the UNC Cates memorial and building name.
Kevin Hicks and Danita Mason-Hogans sit down to talk about what uncovering personal and community history looks like on an individual level.