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News Release

For immediate use

Aug. 29, 2006 -- No. 398

Local angles: Winston-Salem;
Greenville, Miss.

Coverage note: For details on a
media briefing, see end of story.

Quilts, films, lectures, more
on tap this fall at Stone Center

CHAPEL HILL - Quilts that chronicle the African-American experience and screenings of black and independent films will be among programs this fall at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

The center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also will present lectures by the first female and first black mayor of Greenville, Miss., and a researcher of bioethics, genomics and DNA testing among African-Americans.

Darryl Hunt of Winston-Salem will visit the center for a screening and discussion of a film documentary on his travails with the law. Hunt was freed in 2004, after more than 20 years in prison, when DNA testing proved him innocent of a rape and murder in which he had been convicted.

The screening will be part of the center's ongoing Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, this year with some films that address the theme "Diaspora to Diaspora: African-American/South Asian Encounters."

Founded in 1988, the center is dedicated to broadening the range of intellectual discourse about African diaspora cultures and pursuing challenging examinations of contemporary issues.

The center is at 150 South Road west of the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower. The following programs will be free and open to the public in the center unless otherwise noted. Spanish translation is available on request.

Sept. 14, 7 p.m. "Dreams & Passions," part of the Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film section titled "Diaspora to Diaspora: African-American/South Asian Encounters." Set in Norway, the film tells the story of Indian-born Sara and African-American exchange student Danzel, who meet and set off a dramatic chain of events. Director Sophia Kaushal and screenwriter Jon Poindexter, who also co-starred in the movie, will participate in a Q&A discussion after the screening.

Sept. 13, 7 p.m. "The Making of 'Dreams & Passions." Director Sophia Kaushal and screenwriter Jon Poindexter will give a demonstration and discussion on how they made their feature-length film on a Macintosh computer. The program will be in the Apple Store at Southpoint Mall in Durham.

Sept. 18, 7 p.m. The "Diaspora to Diaspora: African-American/South Asian Encounters" theme will continue with three short films. Leena Pendharkar, writer and director of the first film, will lead discussions on all three:

Sept. 21-Dec. 6, "Inbetween Spaces: Textured Imaginings of African-American Lives," a colorful collection of textured quilts by Dr. Heather Williams, a UNC assistant professor of history. Through the traditional art of quilting, Williams uses vibrant colors, textures, fabrics and poignant images to chronicle the lives of African-Americans. A free public opening reception will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the center's Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum. The gallery will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays (closed on university holidays). Related events will be:

Oct. 3, 7 p.m. 2006 African Diaspora Lecture, co-sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics in UNC's philosophy department. Dr. Fatimah Jackson, professor of applied biological anthropology at the University of Maryland, is a leading researcher on bioethics, genomics and DNA testing in the African-American community. She will address the implications of DNA and genomics research for African-Americans, particularly the use of genetic technologies to trace African ancestry. A panel discussion after the lecture will include center visiting artist Sekou Sundiata.

Oct. 3-5, Sekou Sundiata, visiting artist in residence, The center, in association with Carolina Performing Arts, will host the multi-faceted performance poet. He will return to UNC to perform "the 51st (dream) state" at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in Memorial Hall, a part of the 2006-2007 Carolina Performing Arts Series.

Oct. 24, 7 p.m., "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," part of the Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film. The documentary explores the tribulations of Hunt, a Winston-Salem man who was tried and convicted of a 1984 brutal rape-murder. The State of North Carolina tried Hunt twice - in 1985 and again in 1989 - and both trials resulted in guilty verdicts. Throughout the ordeal, Hunt proclaimed his innocence and declined a plea bargain. Dogged pursuit of his case by a dedicated group of lawyers and supporters kept Hunt's case alive. Finally, in 2004, DNA evidence freed Hunt.

Hunt, a member of his legal team and Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, the filmmakers, will lead a discussion after the screening. The event is co-sponsored by UNC School of Law.

Nov. 9, 7 p.m., 2006 Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture by Heather McTeer Hudson, the first African-American and the first woman to serve as mayor of Greenville, Miss. A Greenville native and Tulane University Law School graduate, Hudson dismissed the possibility of becoming a high-powered attorney and decided to return to her hometown to make a difference by becoming involved in local government.

For more information, visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/stonecenter or call (919) 962-9001.

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For more information on Heather Williams: http://www.unc.edu/depts/history/faculty/williams.html

Media briefing: Media representatives can preview the festival films on Wednesday (Aug. 30) at noon at the Stone Center, 150 South Road. Lunch will be served. Contact Olympia Friday at (919) 962-7265 for more information.

Stone Center contact: Olympia Friday, (919) 962-7265 or ofriday@email.unc.edu
News Services contacts: Print, L.J. Toler, (919) 962-8589; broadcast, Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595