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A black and white photo of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in front of a crowd

By Samuel Gerweck

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Three days later, Nina Simone premiered a new song —“Why? (The King of Love Is Dead) — that asked: why did this happen and where do we go from here?

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North Carolina Arts Council

The latest edition of our monthly newsletter is out now. 

Opening Ceremony. Photo by Ivan Richardson.

By Zoe van Buren
With Patrick Suarez, Matthew Yockonhawken Nickens, and Sandra Davidson

Powwow morning was perfect in Ahoskie. It was early October, and the first chill of autumn was in the air—not a chance of rain. As the overcast morning gave way to blue skies above the Meherrin Tribal Grounds—set between the Bells Branch of the Potecasi Creek and Highway 11 as it stretches from Ahoskie to Murfreesboro—Patrick Suarez and Matthew Yockonhawken Nickens were setting up the thirty-second annual Meherrin Indian Nation Powwow.             

But the powwow grounds were empty. The perfect forecast did not matter. This year, Meherrin Powwow was nowhere. And yet it existed everywhere.

Ashley Lupfer and Jazzmone Sutton

North Carolina Arts Council

Our series concludes with interviews with arts educators from Swift Creek Elementary in Raleigh and Rockingham Middle School in Rockingham.

Rebecca Craig, Katherine Pope, Slater Mapp

North Carolina Arts Council

Our second installment of this series features interviews with arts educators from Green Level High School in Cary. The final installment of this series will be live on Friday.