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UPDATE: Deadline extended for the 2022 Julian Bond Fellowship

August 23, 2021 - The fellowship offered by the Institute for Southern Studies, now entering its third year, aims to promote new voices in Southern media and support public interest journalists and researchers in the South. Given the coronavirus epidemic, the Institute will consider applications from prospective fellows who seek to conduct their fellowship remotely or while based at the Institute's offices in Durham, North Carolina.

North Carolina visual artist auctions work for racial justice

June 17, 2020 - Antoine Williams, an art professor at Guilford College in Greensboro, produces mixed media artwork informed by critical race theory. He recently auctioned off two of his works to benefit Black Lives Matter and other groups working for racial justice — part of a broader effort by the art world to take a stand against racism. What Williams hoped to sell in two weeks was gone in 30 minutes, so now he's planning his next steps.

Efforts to overturn wrongful criminal convictions are growing

July 19, 2019 - The Emmy-nominated docudrama "When They See Us" sparked a national conversation about wrongful convictions and how they disproportionately steal the freedom of Black and Brown people. However, most exonerations don't come about by chance meetings but by the hard work of nongovernmental innocence organizations and a growing number of conviction integrity units in prosecutors' offices.