NCCU Explores Black Identity Through Photography for Juneteenth Celebration

Posted June 10, 2022, 1:59PM
NCCU Chancellor Emeritus, the late Albert N. Whiting, greets students on campus. Whiting served as the fourth president of then North Carolina College from 1967 to 1983.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU)’s James E. Shepard Memorial Library will present a virtual panel discussion on Friday, June 17, 2022, 11 a.m., in honor of Juneteenth, a celebration of emancipation from slavery.

Entitled “Reframing Black Identity Through Photography – African American Photographers and Their Works,” the discussion will explore the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in documenting the history and culture of the African American experience followed by a panel discussion that will highlight the politics of representation and omission, and the role of African American photographers in shaping the cultural landscape. 

The panel will be moderated by Andre Vann, NCCU coordinator of University Archives and instructor in the Public History Program, and will feature the following participants: 

  • Tracey Burns, deputy secretary of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Phyllis Coley, CEO and publisher, Spectacular Magazine; host of Durham’s annual Juneteenth Celebration
  • Glenn Harris, Ph.D., associate professor of history, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Cleo Ellyce Cotten, NCCU student and photography entrepreneur 

To join the virtual celebration, please visit

Juneteenth is considered the oldest national recognition of the ending of slavery in the United States. It originated on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were legally free. 


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