An expert on the history of the Ku Klux Klan will share his insights about the organization’s activities and impact Oct. 16 at East Carolina University.
Dr. David Cunningham, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, will present “The Contemporary Significance of the Klan and its Role in Communities in Eastern N.C., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a brown bag lunch event in Room 1006 in the Bate Building. He will also present “Klansville USA” from 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Sheppard Memorial Library Meeting Room A.
Cunningham is the author of “Klansville USA: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan,” the first substantial history of the civil rights-era KKK’s rise and fall. The book focuses on why the United Klans of America flourished in North Carolina and how its rise shines a light on the complex appeal of the Klan as a whole.
Drawing on a range of new archival sources and interviews with Klan members, including state and national leaders, the book uncovers the complex logic of KKK activity. Cunningham demonstrates that the Klan organized most successfully where whites perceived civil rights reforms to be a significant threat to their status, where mainstream outlets for segregationist resistance were lacking and where the policing of the Klan’s activities was lax.
By connecting the Klan to the more mainstream segregationist and anti-communist groups across the South, Cunningham provides insight into Southern conservatism, its resistance to civil rights, and the region’s subsequent shift to supporting the Republican Party.
Cunningham’s work is unique not only in its focus on the Klan in North Carolina during the Civil Rights-era but also because his focus is largely on the Klan as an organization, its day-to-day activities, and its role and impact within communities. He conducted research at ECU, drawing from archival records available through the ECU library and conducting interviews.
His work has received significant national attention from outlets including NPR and The Washington Post. Follow the links below to review a selection of articles about his work.
Cunningham’s appearance is part of the annual Social Issues lecture series sponsored by the ECU Department of Sociology and its Center for Diversity and Inequality Research. Previous speakers have included Dr. Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans, and Dr. David Williams, Harvard University.
Best-selling author and motivational speaker Michael Hingson will present, “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion” from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Oct. 23 in the Mendenhall Student Center Great Rooms 2 & 3.
Hingson survived the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center by travelling down 76 flights of stairs with his seeing-eye dog.
Hingson uses stories, humor and lessons from his life growing up as a blind person. He has worked successfully in professional sales, management and leadership positions. He will share how a few simple adjustments can open opportunities for persons with disabilities or individuals who are outside the normal scope of diversity discussions.
The event is arranged through the Student Affairs Continuing Career Development series.
Registration is available on OneStop under the University Trainings link.
The annual Staff Senate Health Fitness Walk is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Lake Laupus on ECU’s health sciences campus. The event will include opening remarks by Brody School of Medicine Dean Paul Cunningham, a walk around the lake and exhibits promoting healthy lifestyles. Free samples and a limited number of free T-shirts will be available as well.
East Carolina University will host the sixth annual Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure cancer awareness fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Student Recreation Center on campus. The event is free and open to ECU faculty, staff and students.
The event promotes cancer awareness and knowledge by providing information tailored to helping attendees live healthy, cancer free lives. Informational booths will focus on reducing the risks of acquiring cancer, while providing details on skin, breast, cervical, testicular, lung and prostate cancers.
“Cancer is something that impacts every person on our campus in one way or another,” said Georgia Childs, associate director for Campus Wellness. “A majority of our students have someone in their family who has cancer or maybe even died from cancer. Peace.Love.Pirates.Cure is a way to address a difficult topic and share some preventative measures.”
Participants can expect healthy snacks, T-shirts and other giveaways.
Sponsors include ECU Campus Recreation & Wellness, Student Health Services, the Department of Health Education and Promotion, ECU Physicians, Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society, Colleges Against Cancer, Vidant Health and the Healthy PIRATES student organization.
For more information, contact Georgia Childs at 252-328-5172 or visit www.ecu.edu/crw.
SEANC District 65 at ECU will host an Appreciation Lunch and Vendor Fair on Aug. 6 at the Tipsy Teapot, 409 Evans Street in Greenville.
Admission is free with an ECU 1Card, SEANC ID or a valid state ID.
The first 100 people in the door will receive a free lunch from Tipsy Teapot, compliments of District 65, along with a SEANC shopping tote with coupons from local businesses, a copy of The Daily Reflector, a bag of Logan’s peanuts and a chance to win one of more than 15 door prizes.
Names of SEANC members who bring a non-member will be entered in a drawing for two ECU football tickets to a game of choice (excluding West Virginia game).
Representatives from the Raleigh SEANC office will be on hand to provide updates on issues facing state employment and answer questions about membership benefits, insurance programs and other benefits of being a SEANC member.
More than 20 vendors will offer information, coupons, prizes and items for sale. Participants are also encouraged to bring canned items for the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina.
SEANC is the South’s leading state employees’ association with 55,000 members. District 65 represents members from East Carolina University.
For more information about SEANC or the vendor fair, or to provide coupons for the event, contact Lynn Tuthill at 917-4987, Alicia Simpson at 744-5101 or Gloria Evans at 744-9678.