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Undue Harm: Undoing the Legacy of Confederate Monuments

April 13, 2023 @ 10:00 AM 4:00 PM

Event Summary:  Confederate monuments are not relics of the past. They inflict continuing harm today. Undue Harm will center these harms as the key reason for monument removal.

Event Description: The ongoing national conversation about Confederate monuments often focuses on history, on the intent of those who erected the monuments and their disputed meaning today. Too rarely do we discuss the harm these symbols inflict on Black Americans every day. Undue Harm will highlight these harms from multiple perspectives– through scholars, activists, lawyers, artists, and elected officials– in order to underscore not only the urgency of eradicating these symbols of white supremacy but also the need to address the immense harm they have inflicted.  Participants attending this event will leave:

  • Better able to articulate the harms caused by confederate monuments
  • Inspired to take action by having heard examples from leadership who have taken action
  • Armed with practical knowledge about how to proceed with local efforts
  • Connected with others with whom they can work
  • Aware of efforts underway that they can personally support

Event Agenda (10am-4pm): 

  • Event Welcome
  • Welcome Keynote 
  • Psychological Harms Caused by Confederate Monuments
  • The Harms of Confederate Monuments
  • Lunch Keynote
  • Consequences of Confederate Monument Removal
  • The History and Present Landscape of Confederate Monuments 
  • Spoken Word Performance
  • Activating Advocates in Confederate Monument Removal
  • Call to Action Keynote


  • Mrs. Bree Newsome Bass, Writer, filmmaker, and public speaker
  • Professor W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock, Co-founder and Lead Curator of  we are, which stands for working to extend anti-racist education
  • Akiba Hausson Byrd, Poet, writer, performer, activist
  • Attorney Jeremy Collins, CEO of Blackacre, Founder and President of Omnistructure
  • Dr. Benson Cooke, Professor of Counseling and Psychology, University of the District of Columbia
  • Mr. James Crawford, Former Chatham County Commissioner
  • Professor Deborah Gerhardt, Reef C. Ivey II Excellence Fund Term Professor of Law, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Mr. Cortland Gilliam, Poet, educator, cultural organizer and doctoral candidate at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Ms. Andrean Heath, Special needs teacher and advocate; Organizer of Move the Monument Coalition, Edenton, NC
  • Public Defender Stuart Higdon, Gaston County Public Defender
  • Ms. Tafeni English-Relf, Alabama State Office Director, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Town of Enfield Mayor Mondale Robinson
  • Attorney Abe Rubert-Schewel, Tin Fulton Walker & Owen
  • Mr. Calvin Stevens, Jr., President of CATE Services & Construction


Shaw University – Estey Hall 118E

721 S Wilmington St
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 United States
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