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The Black Pioneers Project

When: Nov. 4-6, 8 p.m. 2016

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6

THE BLACK PIONEERS PROJECT

When Edith Hubbard arrived for her first English class at UNC-Chapel Hill, her professor told her she was in the wrong class. When he learned the course section and room number were both correct, he clarified. "He essentially said, 'You're not going to make it,'" Hubbard recalls. "I think something clicked in my head, because I remember saying, in very vivid language, if I don't make it, nobody else in this class is going to make it." Black students were first permitted to enroll at UNC in 1952. But when they arrived in Chapel Hill, they encountered discrimination on and off campus in an era when Jim Crow segregation was still the law and the custom of the land. That group is now known as the Black Pioneers. Over the past year, the Southern Oral History Program has interviewed surviving members to document their experiences. After adapting these interviews for the stage, Process Series director Joseph Megel leads a group including Gil Faison, Yolanda Rabun, Lakeisha Coffey, and John Harris in recounting those trials and triumphs in the presence of those who lived them. —Byron Woods

SONJA HAYNES STONE CENTER, CHAPEL HILL

8 p.m. Fri./3 p.m. Sun., free, www.processseries.unc.edu

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