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Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Research Center for African
and African American Documentation is hosting an exhibit titled,
“Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow

The exhibit, which officially opened on November 10 in Durham,
N.C., is the result of a three-year oral history project that examined
life during the South’s embrace of racial segregation. More than 1,300
interviews were conducted with those who suffered through “the age of

In addition to the interview tapes and biographical papers of Black
families who lived through the experience, the exhibit features
historic family photographs from the era.

“This collection is the first full effort to document — in the
words of African Americans, themselves — the extraordinary ways that
Black Americans struggled, endured, and triumphed over the age of
segregation,” said the project’s co-director, William H. Chafe, who is
Duke’s dean of the faculty of arts and sciences. “The interviews tell
us how courageous, yet careful African American families were as they
sought ways to resist discrimination, protect their children, and build
institutions that would add to the strength of the community.”

For more information, contact Paul Ortiz at (919) 660-3651.

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga will soon be getting a new
endowed professorship to help students with dyslexia and other learning
disorders. According to Chancellor Bill Stacey, the University of
Tennessee Board recently voted unanimously to establish a permanent
Chair of Excellence in Dyslexia and other learning styles.

A nationwide search is underway to find someone to fill the
professorship. The program is expected to be up and running by next

“This will enable students with those learning differences to
master a college education and enter professions for which they are
capable,” Stacey said.

Dyslexia doesn’t affect intelligence, but has to do with how a
person takes in information. Sometimes written words appear backward or
upside down.

Stacey said the new chair will be responsible for “teaching the
teachers” at the university “effective techniques for overcoming
dyslexia and other learning styles,” like attention deficit disorder
and Tourette’s syndrome.

Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. will offer internships to Marshall
University business and science students through the Information
Technology Careers Advancement Program, which begins next spring.

Students in the program at the Huntington, W.Va., institution will
receive college credit along with stipends ranging from $5,000 to
$10,000. Upon completion of the internship, students will receive
computer certification.

Utah Valley State University will offer a four-year degree in the
hot career of fire service administration, thanks to the approval of
Utah’s Board of Regents. The Bachelor of Science program is designed to
teach students how to effectively lead and manage a bustling fire

“It’s a lot more than fire fighting,” said Terry Spoor, associate
director of the College’s Fire and Rescue Academy. “We believe it will
help establish fire fighting as a true profession.”

To complete work on the degree, students must take forty-nine hours
of lower division courses, including a two-year program in fire
science; thirty-six hours of general education; and forty-three hours
of upper division course work in the program. Class requirements range
from hazardous materials chemistry to business law to environmental

–Compiled by Black Issues and staff and news services

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