To Drink from the Well: NC Poor People’s Campaign and the YMI Cultural Center present a conversation with Geeta N. Kapur and Dwight Mullen

A CONVERSATION ABOUT RACIAL INEQUALITY AT THE NATION’S OLDEST PUBLIC UNIVERSITY

The NC Poor People’s Campaign and the YMI Cultural Center present a conversation with civil rights attorney and UNC law professor Geeta N. Kapur, author of the new book, “To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation’s Oldest Public University,” at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at the YMI Cultural Center, 20-44 Eagle St.
Kapur will be in conversation with UNC Asheville Professor Dwight Mullen, who with his students created The State of Black Asheville after Mullen noticed the racial disparities in how people fared during and after Hurricane Katrina in 2006. The student-conducted study uncovered stark racial disparities in Asheville in education, health care and several other areas.

The event will be livestreamed on the NC Poor People’s Campaign Facebook page

In-person attendance is limited to 75 people. You must show proof of vaccination to enter and remain masked throughout. Click here to register

During her book tour, Kapur is asking for donations to get copies of her book to low-income students. Donations can be made through the publisher, nonprofit Blair Publishing.

Use this link to donate a copy of “To Drink from the Well” to a reader.

Kapur was the lead pro bono lawyer for the North Carolina’s NAACP Moral Monday protests in 2013, led by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, during which more than 1,000 people were arrested over the course of the summer. She received the prestigious North Carolina NAACP’s Humanitarian of the Year Award for her service and has continued to serve the NC Poor People’s Campaign. She received both her bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill.
The University of North Carolina is the oldest public university in the US, with the cornerstone for the first dormitory, Old East, laid in 1793. At that ceremony, the enslaved people who would literally build that structure were not acknowledged; they were not even present. In fact, 158 years passed before Black students were admitted to this university in Chapel Hill, and it was another 66 years after that before students forcibly removed the long-criticized Confederate “Silent Sam” monument. Indeed, this university, revered in the state and across the nation, has been entwined with white supremacy and institutional racism throughout its history—and the struggle continues today.

"To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation's Oldest Public University” explores the history of UNC by exposing the plain and uncomfortable truth behind the storied brick walkways, “historic” statuary, and picturesque covered well, the icon of the campus.
 

Event address: 
Hybrid via Facebook and at YMI Cultural Center
20-44 Eagle Street
Asheville, NC 28801
To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation's Oldest Public University Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781949467529
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Published: Blair - September 21st, 2021