On Thursday, July 27, at 7:30pm, Paul Ortiz will give a talk entitled "Say No to Jim Crow: Resistance to Segregation Laws in NC, 1900-1954. The program will be held at the Durham County Library's Main Library Auditorium at 300 N. Roxboro St. in Durham and is co-sponsored by the Durham County Library's North Carolina Collection and the Duke University Libraries. The event is free and open to everyone.
Paul Ortiz received his Ph.D. in history from Duke in 2000 and is currently on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Cruz. Ortiz's interest in the Jim Crow era dates from 1993 when he began participating in the "Behind the Veil" project sponsored by Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. He ws among the project researchers who documented life in the Jim Crow South by conducting more than 1,000 interviews with people throughout the region. The award-winning book Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell about Life in the Segregated South, which Ortiz coedited, resulted from this research.
Paul Ortiz is spending the month of July doing research at Duke's Special Collections Library for a chapter in the sequel to Remembering Jim Crow.
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