The Franklin Research Center hosts a number of events throughout the academic year focused on African and African-American history and culture. Events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

News and Events


Strong People

Strong People: SNCC and the Southwest Georgia Movement

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Great Hall, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Please join us for a conversation with five veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in Southwest Georgia. In 1961, field secretaries from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commitee (SNCC) came to Albany, GA to begin orgainzing around voting rights. Born in Southwest, Georgia, Janie Cuthbert Rambeau, Annette Jones White and Shirley Sherrod joined SNCC's work and helped build what became an ongoing and locally-sustained movement for justice. Together with northern SNCC staff, Faith Holseart and Larry Rubin, these young activist played a critical role in SNCC's organizing efforts in the Southwest Georgia region. Participants in this panel will discuss each of their experiences in the Movement and reflect on what made the movemnt in Southwest Georgia so strong. Charlie Cobb, a fellow SNCC organizer, will facilitate the conversation.


SLP Event PosterOur Stories, Your Legacy: A Conversation with SNCC Veterans

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall (FHI Garage)

Smith Warehouse, Bay 4

114 S. Buchanan Street, Durham, NC

Join us for a converation with three veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as they discuss their work as activists and reflect on how telling the story of the Movement has evolved over time. Charlie Cobb (journalism), Judy Richardson (film), and Maria Varela (photography) will highlight how SNCC taught them the importance of capturing experieinces in the moment. The panel will also discuss the current efforts towards story-telling SNCC's history using archival maerials and comment on ways that modern activists can document their own work.

Seen and Heard in the Rubenstein Library - The Emancipation Proclamation

January 19, 2016

12:00PMJasmine Cobb

Rubenstein Library 153, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly 

Please join us for a showcase of new exhibits in the Rubenstein Library. Professor Jasmine Nichole Cobb will share reflections on the Emancipation Proclamation. Visitors are encouraged to view the exhibitions on display in the Mary Duke Biddle Room including a rare State Department copy of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation on loan from David M. Rubenstein (T’70). Light lunch will be served.

Lunch and Learn Lecture - "The Greenbook"

December 7, 2015


Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC

Calvin RamseyPlaywright and author, Calvin Ramsey will share his research and writing on the Greenbook. During the Jim Crow era African American travelers utilized a travel guide published by New York City mailman Victor Green entitled The Negro Traveler’s Green Book. Published from 1936 to 1963 this annual guide directed African American travelers to “safe” restaurants, gas stations, hotels/motels, barbershops and night clubs throughout the South and the rest of the United States.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stanford L. Warren Library, Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the John Hope Frankiln Research Center for African and African American History and Culture

"Marcus Garvey and the Fallen Angel"

November 4, 2015


Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Robert HillPlease join the John Hope Franklin Research Center to celebrate the recent acquisition of the Robert A. Hill Collection of the Marcus Garvey & UNIA Papers Project Archive. Prof. Robert Hill, leading expert on Marcus Garvey and his influence on the African Diaspora will lecture on a new departure in research on the legacy of one of the notable voices of the African Diaspora of the 20th century. For the past thirty-five years, Prof Hill has researched and collected materials on Garvey and served as editor of the 11-volume Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project (University of California Press, Duke University Press). His collection now joins the archive of the Franklin Research Center documenting African and African American History and Culture in the David. M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History, African & African American Studies, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Reception to follow

2014-15 academic year, 2013-14 academic year


April 14, 2015 - Duke Partners with SNCC Activists on Civil Rights Website

Durham, NC - Students, faculty and librarians at Duke University will partner with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project over the next three years. Together with civil rights scholars, they will build a digital gateway that will reveal the evolving tactics that SNCC and local communities used to develop the philosophical and organizational models that produced universal voting rights.

Made possible by a $604,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Duke University Libraries, the SNCC Digital Gateway will provide a new interpretive framework for SNCC’s history that incorporates essays and analysis, historic documents, timelines, maps, activist profiles, oral histories, short documentary films, audiovisual materials and teaching resources.

The SNCC Digital Gateway will build on the success of One Person, One Vote (, a new Web resource launched in March that was developed collaboratively by the SNCC Legacy Project, the Duke University Libraries and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Read more...