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Deborah Holt Noel, host and producer, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina's Black Issues Forum
Sundays, at 11:30 AM
Encores Mondays, at 5 PM

Each week, Black Issues Forum presents a diverse panel of guests discussing such topics as politics, social concerns, health, education, justice, entertainment, technology and public policy.

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10 UNC-TV Drive, PO Box 14900
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-4900
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Battleground Election

Battleground Election

Panelists engage in a town hall-style discussion about such issues as job creation, health care, equal pay/living wage equity, elections and voting.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund, which is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation.
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Black Issues Forum Special Presentation

A Conversation with Jesse Jackson Jr.

Deborah Holt-Noel hosts an exclusive conversation with former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Topics include HBCUs, public service and politics. Mr. Jackson's appearance is part of Shaw's celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black Issues Forum Special Presentation
Black Issues Forum Special Presentation: HBCU Legacy & Leadership

Premiered Monday, February 19, at 9 PM on UNC-TV

Black Issues Forum takes an in-depth look at how North Carolina’s HBCUs have shaped the economic and social landscape of the state. Inspired by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities, HBCUs Legacy & Leadership: A Black Issues Forum Special Presentation continues the film’s conversation with a focus on the significant history and impact of North Carolina’s HBCUs.

Deborah Holt Noel leads this discussion with a distinguished roundtable of NC HBCU leaders and a live audience.

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Roundtable guests include:
  • Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye, chancellor, North Carolina Central University
  • Dr. James A. Anderson, chancellor, Fayetteville State University
  • Dr. Dorothy Browne, provost of Bennett College
  • Dr. Paulette Dillard, president (interim), Shaw University
  • Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr., president, Livingstone College
  • Dr. Elwood L. Robinson, chancellor, Winston-Salem State University
  • Dr. Everett B. Ward, president, Saint Augustine's University
Participating audience members include:
  • Andrea Harris, chair, HBCU Roundtables of North Carolina
  • Dr. Jim Johnson, the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; director, Urban Investment Strategies Center at UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • Larry Hall, NC Secretary of Veteran Affairs; former NC State House member; NCCU MA and Johnson C. Smith alumnus
  • Pamela Oxendine, parent and community leader; sent three children to HBCUs; NCCU MPA and Shaw Alumna
  • Kalvin Wall, Divine 9 member; Financial Secretary for the National Alumni Association at Shaw University; member of the HBCU Leadership Roundtable
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