Dulatown: Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion
July 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtually via YouTube Premier and Zoom
Cost: FREE. Registration required
ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.
The Lunch and Learn Lecture Series features interesting and informative virtual programming that provides a behind-the-scenes view of the festival’s offerings in the visual arts, music, theater and dance.
Dulatown, located in Lenoir, North Carolina, is a community settled in 1855 and populated mostly by African Americans who share a kinship and the last name of Dula. The two branches of the family started in 1846 when a woman named Harriet Harshaw was sold to “Squire” Alfred Dula, who fathered eight of her 12 children. Alfred Dula provided for Harriet and her children through the gifting of land before his death and in his will thus establishing Dulatown. Dulatown embraces its history at a bi-annual reunion where in recent years both Black and white Dula relatives come together around their shared history and genealogy to publicly acknowledge they share more than just a surname. Filmmaker Beth Davison explores this story in this documentary, Dulatown.
Panelists: Beth Davison, filmmaker, Leslie Dula McKesson and Kelly Ervin. Moderated by Shauna Caldwell.
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McKesson was the dean of Business, Public Services and Academic Support at Western Piedmont Community College and has also worked as an adjunct professor of education and leadership at both Lenoir-Rhyne University and Appalachian State University.
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