March 15, 2019 -
To promote their anti-regulatory agenda, the billionaire brothers behind the Koch Industries oil and chemical conglomerate have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars into schools nationwide. Now a group called UnKoch My Campus is challenging those deals, and co-founder and campaigns director, Samantha Parsons, recently spoke with Facing South about its work.
February 15, 2019 -
Faced with losing accreditation from the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools because of its finances, the North Carolina school launched a fundraising campaign that far exceeded its goals. Though leaders of the private North Carolina school for women are confident that their efforts will save its accredidation, the battle to save the institution highlights a fundamental unfairness in the system.
December 21, 2018 -
A sister-to-sister conversation about the fate of North Carolina's financially imperiled women's HBCU and the critical importance of sacred educational space for Black women.
October 11, 2018 -
After the Civil War, new state constitutions drafted with the help of freedmen required former Confederate states to establish their first public school systems. But 150 years later, education advocates are still fighting to ensure that Southern states live up to their mandate to offer every student a decent education.
September 6, 2018 -
Students across the South are working to more easily exercise their right to vote, starting with raising awareness about the inequity in voter ID laws across the region.
May 10, 2018 -
On May 16, thousands of North Carolina teachers are expected to rally at the state legislature to advocate for more resources for their students and better pay. Durham teacher Ellen Holmes talks about why she's joining the convergence.
May 2, 2018 -
Despite years of protests by students, the "Silent Sam" Confederate memorial still stands in a prominent place on the campus of UNC's flagship school. This week UNC history grad student Maya Little doused the statue with her own blood in an act she said was aimed at providing needed context. This is Little's statement about her protest.