North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green
will host an online poetry workshop for Wake County Public Libraries’ Lift Every Voice program on February 14
. She will join the Reverend Dr. William Barber II on February 22 and 25
for a series of virtual events about environmental justice at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Three days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., North Carolina native Nina Simone premiered “Why? (The King of Love Is Dead),” at the Westbury Music Fair. The song raised questions in the minds of people everywhere: why did this happen and where do we go from here? Our content strategist, Sam Gerweck, wrote about Simone’s tribute to Dr. King here
We have virtually onboarded several new staff members during the pandemic, including Joseph Perez, our A+ Schools of North Carolina’s program administrator. In a new story on the A+ blog site, Joseph, who joined our staff last October, reflected on his experience getting to know the staff, the A+ network, and the A+ methodology here
This season, we mourn the loss of several important members of our community. Jill Dinwiddie
, a former North Carolina Arts Council board member and advocate for women’s rights, died on January 7. Tonya R. Taylor
, executive director of the McClatchy Journalism Institute and a board member of the North Carolina Arts Foundation, died on January 13. Anthony “Vincent” Marron
, the first director of our A+ Schools
program, died on January 22.