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Celebrating African American History Month: New in NCpedia

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Celebrating African American History Month: New in NCpedia

NCpedia has new entries to celebrate North Carolina’s African American heritage. These entries were shared with NCpedia by a number of our valued content partners and collaborators: the North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina State University Libraries, and the State Archives of North Carolina. Visit NCpedia to learn more — and if you have a comment, question or personal story to share about these biographies and historical moments, please let us know by contributing a comment on the article page!  We love to hear from viewers!

African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina: Kinston Area: This article introduces viewers to Kinston’s musical heritage and serves as a launch point for a collection of related biographies and stories:

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Lieutenant J. Tim Brymn, director of the U.S. 350th Field Artillery Band. Image provided by University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.

John Henry Fortescue: Becoming Guitar Shorty — an entry about a one-of-a-kind, self-taught blues musician from Elm City.

Maceo and Melvin Parker: Early Influences — legendary brothers from Kinston, the Parkers both performed with James Brown and went on to their own solo careers. Maceo Parker received the North Carolina Heritage Award in 2016.

James Brown Band: “Almost Like a Kinston Band”— shares the legendary musician’s influence on and discovery of Kinston musicians.

Geneva Perry: From the International Sweethearts of Rhythm to Adkin High — Geneva Perry, a member of the 1940s all-women, multi-racial big band the International Sweethearts, taught music at Kinston’s Adkin High School.

Adkin High School Walkout 1951, Kinston, NC — shares the historical moment in 1951 when students of Kinston’s racially segregated high school staged a walkout to protest after their plea to the school board for educational resources was denied.

James Timothy Brymn — a Kinston musical legacy and early Jazz composer, Brymn studied at Shaw University and then went on National Conservatory of Music of America. His legendary compositions of the early decades of the 20th century were among the first to use the word “jazz.”

Dazelle Foster Lowe — shares the story of a leader in the establishment of home demostration for the state’s black communities beginning in World War I.

John William Mitchell — Mitchell, a pioneer in the establishment of extension service support for African Americans in North Carolina in the early decades of the 20th century became the first head of the newly created extension service office at N.C. A&T in 1922.

James William Alston — shares the life of a North Carolinian who served in the U.S. Army, worked at the State Museum (today’s Museum of Natural Sciences) and was among the first class of African Americans to be trained as military officers at the all-African American officers training school at Fort Dodge, IA on the eve of World War I.

— Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

Digital Collections: State Publications

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The State Library of North Carolina has the responsibility of collecting state publications from all state agencies in North Carolina. Some of those publications have found their way online in the State Publications digital collection. Some of the documents were born digital, meaning they were always online, but many in this collection were scanned by our Government & Heritage Library staff. Let’s take a look at some of the types of records you may find in this collection.

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State Docs Pick of the Week : SportsNC Scoreboard

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SportsNC Scoreboard LogoSportsNC Scoreboard is a quarterly publication produced by SportsNC, a section of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

SportsNC is North Carolina’s effort to promote the state’s sporting facilities and events. SportsNC Scoreboard serves to promote awareness of sporting events and updates in North Carolina. This quarterly newsletter contains information on upcoming sporting events in North Carolina and provides news and updates regarding sporting facilities and the successes of past sporting events in North Carolina.

While this newsletter mostly serves to promote North Carolina sporting events and facilities, it is also very informative for people who may be interested in attending sporting events and could be a great resource to discover an event that you may not have otherwise known about.

You can view, download, print, and save these quarterly newsletters here.

State Doc Pick of the Week : NC4Vets Resource Guide

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2016 NC4Vets Resource Guide Title PageThe North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs released the 2016 NC4Vets Resource Guide. It is published in conjunction with the NC Department of Health and Human Services as well as the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

In this resource guide you can find information curated for military veterans in North Carolina. Some of the resource topics include employment, healthcare, education, VA benefits, personal services, women’s services, active military, and more.

This resource guide is not only for veterans, but, it is also for active military and their families too. It’s purpose is to assist and educate people on state and federal veteran benefits. This guide covers a very broad range of resources available for veterans in North Carolina.

If you are interested further, you can find out more about NC4Vets at their website.

You can view, download, print, and save this resource guide here.

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