The African American Cultural Center at NC State recognizes that the state of affairs for Black students, staff, faculty and folx at NC State and all over the world calls for both restoration and transformation.
Committed to being a partner in the liberation of all people, we commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the intention of the Civil Rights Movement to end institutionalized racial discrimination and disenfranchisement. During this celebration and always, we center the untold stories and the overlooked populations of trans and gender non-conforming humans, sexually-minoritized peoples and the women and femme thinkers and intellectuals who were and are the backbone of our movements.
This commemorative time will lead us into a celebration of Black history at NC State, its surrounding community and within American society. We will center thinkers, intellectuals and storytellers who center pluralistic views of Blackness and the progression of Blackness and civil rights today.
As we actively engage and listen to our community, we have heard that folx are tired, underresourced and unprepared for what is happening in our lives. Within the coronavirus pandemic, our community has been asked to move and shift without caution. Furthermore, for as long as we can remember, the disease of racism has also been a chronic condition (Manley, 2020) within the lived experiences of Black, African and African American folx. Moving throughout these compounding experiences we have heard students, staff and faculty name specific needs for moving forward: healing, consistency and restored connection to one another and their communities and collectives.
We invited community activists, organizers and partners to help us re-center the power of radical imaginations and to offer continuous support for the journey. Through these offerings, we hope for restoration and the building of deliberate and consistent space for our community to move with intention alongside one another if they choose.
We hope you join us in the celebration of the Reverend Doctor, Martin Luther King Jr. recognizing, as he stated (c. 1967), “Our freedom was not won a century ago, and it is not won today; but some small part of it is in our hands, and we are marching no longer by ones and twos but in legions of thousands, convinced it cannot be denied by any human force.”