Bringing Black Power to UNC-TV: Evangeline Grant and Heritage of Hope (Programs)
In the early 1970s, Evangeline Grant became the first African American to work at UNC-TV. She co-produced Thursday’s Child, a series that investigated school desegregation in the state, which aired in 1972. Grant then produced, wrote, and hosted Heritage of Hope, a ten-part series on African American history and culture that broadcast in 1974. This talk provides an overview of Evangeline Grant’s activist career and focuses on Heritage of Hope. Clayton Weaver, who directed the program, joins Grant’s biographer Katherine Mellen Charron to discuss the show and its significance, both at the time and in our present day.
Katherine Mellen Charron is an Associate Professor of History at NC State University, specializing in 20th century U.S., African American, southern, and women’s and gender history. A native of North Carolina, she earned her B.A. in Literature from UNC-Asheville, her M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UW-Madison, and her Ph.D. in History from Yale University. She is the author of the award-winning Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark and co-editor of William Henry Singleton’s Recollections of My Slavery Days. Her current monograph explores rural Black Power, women’s activism, and liberation politics in northeastern North Carolina.