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An Evening with William Ferris

Friday, February 15 at the Friday Center

  • Reception/exhibit and live music begin at 6 pm
  • Presentation 7–8:30 pm
  • Free parking
  • Chapel Hill Transit runs the HU route from campus to the Friday Center Park and Ride and back to campus until 10 pm  

Sponsors: The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Wilson Library, the Center for the Study of the American South, the Black Student Movement, and Carolina Dining Services.

 

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, folklorist William Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that form the roots of the blues.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Friday Center will host a free lecture by Dr. Ferris in which he will share photographs, stories, music samples, and film clips from his book and DVD, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.

William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ferris was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he taught for eighteen years. He also taught at Yale University and Jackson State University.

The evening also includes performances by Ben Wiley Payton, and the Black Student Movement.

 

Currently on exhibit in the Friday Center atrium

From a collection of photographs in Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues—stories, images, and recordings by folklorist Bill Ferris.

Currently on exhibit in the Friday Center atrium

From a collection of photographs in Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues—stories, images, and recordings by folklorist Bill Ferris.

Currently on exhibit in the Friday Center atrium

From a collection of photographs in Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues—stories, images, and recordings by folklorist Bill Ferris.