History professor Genna Rae McNeil will retire soon, leaving a legacy of scholarship, influential teaching, respectful discourse, advocacy for equality and, above all, students who go on to do great things.
Check out the array of events across the College and the University and the diverse lineup of speakers, from the Feb. 9 Frey Lecture with Henry Louis Gates Jr. to the Feb. 23 African American History Month Lecture with Charles E. Cobb.
Observed each February, African American Heritage Month commemorates the people and movements that have advanced civil rights and social equality. Beverly Guy-Sheftall will headline the month’s festivities at the annual African American History Month Lecture on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
Colin Palmer became the first African-American chair of a major department at UNC-Chapel Hill when he was appointed to lead the history department in 1986, a post he held until 1991. He’ll be honored at several events the week of Feb. 19.