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The Ongoing Fight for Freedom: Stories of NC’s Black Veterans

September 21, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

a special, one-man performance & presentation by Dr. Sonny Kelly!

From the Revolutionary War to modern day military operations, Black North Carolinians have fought for freedom, both on and off the traditional battlefield. They have served the U.S. military with valor and vigor, and cultivated a rich legacy of courage, compassion, and community building that has too often gone unrecognized. This presentation & performance sheds light on just a few of the stories of the Black freedom fighters, resistors, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who hail from the Old North State. Dr. Sonny Kelly will shine a light into our shared history, tell their stories, and encourage audience members to contemplate the ongoing fight for freedom that impacts us all.

The one-hour performance will be followed by a panel discussion. Street parking is available throughout the area. If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact so we can assist in accommodations.




DATE & TIME: Thursday, September 21st | 6:30pm – 7:45pm

LOCATION: Northstar Church of the Arts | 220 W. Geer St. Durham

Free and open to the public. Optional registration here.


This free public performance & discussion is made possible by a partnership between NorthStar Church of the Arts, the NC Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources, the Booker T. Spicely Committee, & Carolina K-12/ Carolina Public Humanities – with funding from the America250NC commemoration, NCDNCR, & the Booker T. Spicely Committee.



September 21, 2023
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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NorthStar Church of the Arts
220 W Geer Street
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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