This exhibit seeks to explore the incredible energy, integrity, and resilience displayed by African American youths throughout history despite obstacles placed in their way.
I WILL GO TO SCHOOL (AGES UNKNOWN)
From a school house in Greene County, Ga. between 1940 and 1941. It was taken by Jack Delano as part of the Farm Security Administration's efforts to document and improve conditions of depression era poverty in the rural south.
I WILL DANCE ON TELEVISION (AVERAGE AGE 17)
On the set of "Teenage Frolics," a music and dance program broadcast by WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. The program is thought to be the country's first regularly-scheduled television program hosted by an African-American, J.D. Lewis, a popular local radio and television personality
I WILL CREATE CHANGE
A photograph, c. 1970, depicting African Americans and whites at an event together. It was likely a youth charrette regarding desegregation in Durham, N.C. A charrette is a meeting where all stakeholders come together to solve a problem.
"Before I'm 25..." was created by staff at the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Chaitra Powell, Ashlyn Velte, B. Bernetiae Reed, Biff Hollingsworth, Bryan Giemza, and Mary Williford. Also, Kerry Bannen at the Digital Production Center at the University Libraries, UNC at Chapel Hill.
The Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encourages the study and appreciation of the history and culture of the American South by collecting, preserving and promoting the use of unique documentary materials of enduring historical value.