"Slavery Race and Memory Project" Archive

Next Steps in our Shared Commitment Toward a More Equitable Community

On Aug. 10, President Susan R. Wente shared a message to campus. Read the full message on her site.

"Remember with Us: Commemoration of the Enslaved" to be held May 7

Informational flyer for "Remember with Us: Commemoration of the Enslaved" event on May 7, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., sponsored by the WFU Slavery, Race, and Memory Project

The Wake Forest University Slavery, Race and Memory Project will sponsor an event on Friday, May 7, at 5 p.m., to commemorate the enslaved individuals who worked for or were sold to benefit institution that would become Wake Forest University. During the virtual event, “Remember with Us: Commemoration of the Enslaved,” members of the greater University community will read the names of those enslaved individuals.

The Slavery, Race and Memory Project guides the research, preservation and communication of an accurate depiction of the University’s relationship to slavery, and its implications across Wake Forest’s history and the history of the United States.

Register here to join the webinar.

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SRMP Annual Colloquium will be held March 28-29

The Slavery, Race and Memory Project (SRMP) cordially invites the campus community to its Annual Colloquium, which this year features an opening keynote lecture titled “Just Medicine” by Dr. Dayna Bowen Matthew at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 28. Matthew, dean and Harold H. Green Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, will discuss racial health disparities in the U.S., describing some of the causes, the role bias plays and possible solutions and steps to decrease these disparities. As a trained lawyer who does work and research on medicine, Matthew brings a unique lens to the intersection of health, health disparities and the country’s obligation to improve health for all. To register for Matthew’s Lecture, click here.

Informational flier for the WFU Slavery, Race and Memory Project's Annual Colloquium, March 28-29, 2021.

On Monday, March 29, the Colloquium will host several virtual events, including a research/resource panel discussion, a faculty panel and a student panel conversation.

March 29 event times, panelists and registration links appear below:

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Expanding the Narrative of Wake Forest: Update on the Advisory Committee on Naming

University President Nathan O. Hatch shared the following message with the Wake Forest community on March 22. 

Dear Wake Forest community,

Over the course of the last several years, our community has taken important steps to illuminate our history, address our present and reaffirm our commitments for the future. The work of the Slavery, Race and Memory Project as well as the efforts of the members of the President’s Commission on Race, Equity and Community have led our progress.

As part of this important work, I created the Advisory Committee on Naming in the summer of 2020 to examine how we use names to identify, recognize and celebrate on the Reynolda Campus. Co-chaired by Dean Jonathan Lee Walton and Trustee Donna Boswell (’72, MA ’74), this committee is made up of University Trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni. It is the charge of this committee to affirm a set of principles and decision rubrics for contextualizing sites and elements of honor at Wake Forest. Read more

Conversation with Corey D. B. Walker on African American Studies at Wake Forest

The Intercultural Center invites the campus community to join “‘The Challenge of Blackness’: A Public Conversation on African American Studies at
Wake Forest.” Photo of Corey D.B. Walker smiling with his arms crossed at the front of a classroom

Corey D. B. Walker, professor of the humanities, literature and interdisciplinary studies, will lead this virtual iLab Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 12-1:30 p.m. The conversation will explore the intellectual project of African American Studies at Wake Forest University, with particular attention to the politics of knowledge, the idea(l) of the university and the question of the human.

Walker joined the Wake Forest faculty in July 2020 after serving as an external consultant to the Wake Forest Slavery, Race, and Memory Project during the 2019-2020 academic year. He edited “To Stand With and For Humanity,” a collection of essays written by Wake Forest faculty and administrators that examines the institution of slavery and its ties to the University. Walker’s research and teaching interests include Africana philosophy, critical theory, ethics, social and political philosophy, and religion and public life.

Walker is the inaugural director of Wake Forest University’s new African American Studies Program, which will launch during the fall 2021 semester. This week, an anonymous donor made a $1 million gift to “support the overall development of African American Studies, including the creation of new and innovative courses, faculty research and collaboration, and a variety of programming designed to critically address pressing issues of public concern.”

Register to join “The Challenge of Blackness” on the PDC website

Read “New African American Studies Program supported by $1M gift” on the Wake Forest News website to learn more about the new African American Studies Program.