My ancestors were enslaved in the Davidson, Huntersville, Cornelius and surrounding communities in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties in North Carolina. So I am especially excited about Davidson College's new Commission on Race and Slavery.
The commission is led by 1993 Davidson graduate Anthony R. Foxx, former Charlotte mayor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation under the Obama Administration. The commission also includes students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and community members.
Commission initiatives will strengthen dialogue and involve "teaching, research, scholarship, educational exhibitions, public events and other means of community engagement, college-created media content and permanent recognition of these aspects of our history," according to Davidson College's website.
Davidson College is a member of Universities Studying Slavery, a collaborative effort to explore and document race, inequality, and the legacy of slavery in higher education and in university communities.