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Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC), on the campus of UNCP

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1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372 United States
910.521.6552 www.uncp.edu/resources/givens-performing-arts-center

September 2020

Joy Harjo

September 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC), on the campus of UNCP, 1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372 United States
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Rescheduled to September 1st....Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1951, Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She is the author of several books of poetry, including An American Sunrise, which is forthcoming from W. W. Norton in 2019, and Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. She is a current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The poet laureate of the United States is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress. Over the course of the one-year term, which lasts from September to May, the U.S. Poet Laureate presents a reading and lecture at the Library of Congress and often engages in a community-oriented poetry project with national reach. Tickets are available at the GPAC box office, general admission is $10, $5 for faculty/staff/children.  Free to students with a valid ID.

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October 2020

Blood Done Sign My Name

October 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC), on the campus of UNCP, 1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372 United States
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Mike Wiley brings to life the recollections of author Tim Tyson surrounding the 1970 murder of Henry “Dickie” Marrow in Oxford, NC. Marrow, who was black, was chased from a local store by three white men after reportedly making a crude remark to one of the men’s wives. They brutally beat Marrow then killed him in view of multiple witnesses. Despite the eyewitness reports, an all-white jury acquitted the men. The town’s black community responded to the events with an uprising that destroyed businesses and warehouses holding at least a million dollars in harvested crops. Tyson, who was 10 at the time, recounts how the conflagration of events shaped his life and offers all of us an opportunity to examine our own roles in the complex and often confusing racial fabric of America.  Ticket information is at the link listed below. Recommended for Middle School ages and up.

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