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Week of Events to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the NC Fund!

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Excerpts from Change Comes Knocking and dynamic panel discussion at NCSU

North Carolina State University’s Black History Month Event will feature a screening of excerpts from Change Comes Knocking on February 21, 2011 at 4:30pm, in the Poole College of Management Auditorium, Nelson Hall room 3400, located at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Dan Allen Drive. You can find directions and a map here.

Accompanying the screening will be a panel discussion about poverty and race, and the challenges we are currently facing in America.  Participating in the conversation will be Ann Atwater,  Rubye Gattis and Joyce Nichols, three women who have been fighting for justice and equality for the past 40+ years, and will be moderated by Rebecca Cerese, the producer of the documentary.  Additional people may be added.  There is visitor parking available in the Dan Allen Deck – they take cash or credit cards.

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New Trailer for Change Comes Knocking

Enjoy our new trailer for Change Comes Knocking.  You can order the film by clicking on the DVD icon to the right.

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Howard Fuller returns to NC to address Poverty!

Howard Fuller, who is prominently featured in our documentary, Change Comes Knocking will be in North Carolina on April 2-3 to address poverty and education issues as part of the 3rd Annual Poverty Awareness Week at Hanes Art Center on UNC-CH campus.  The film screening and panel discussion will be on April 2nd at 7pm.  You can park in the Swain Lot off of Cameron Ave, near the N. Columbia Street intersection, since it is after school hours, however, there may be a charge.  On Friday, April 3rd, Poverty Awareness Week will culminate with a keynote address, delivered by Dr. Fuller entitled, “Community Organizing and Local Change: Creating Solutions to Poverty.  The keynote will be at 4pm, preceded by a reception at 3:30, also at Hanes Art Center.   There may be parking available at the Swain Hall Lot, because it is technically a “Visitor Lot,” but it is often reserved for other events.  If this lot is not open, then I suggest parking in one of the Franklin Street Parking decks and walking to Hanes Art Center.  If you are unable to walk long distances, the attendant at the Swain Hall lot will allow for you to pull in and drive up to Hanes Art Center for drop off.  Dr. Fuller will also be appearing on WUNC’sThe State of The State of Things on Friday, April 3rd at noon, tune in to hear what he has to say about being back in North Carolina.

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Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund is a documentary about one of the first, and most innovative, initiatives in the “War on Poverty” during the 1960s. With the creation of the North Carolina Fund, Governor Terry Sanford along with George Esser and the rest of the Fund’s staff and board provided an example of what could be done within communities if they were given the resources to experiment and to look for local economic development opportunities. Unfortunately, we could not even begin to tell the full story of the North Carolina Fund in a 60 minute documentary, so we have created this website to offer additional resources and information. Please explore the pages above and the resource links to find out more, and let the story of the Fund empower you to take a stand against poverty!

Sanford Announces
“It is not enough to have here the most powerful nation in the world and then admit we are powerless to find ways to give our young people training and job opportunities. In North Carolina we want to go into a few communities and say to the leaders of school and government and welfare and health and charity, let’s see if together in a few neighborhoods near here we can’t break the cycle of poverty and give these children a better chance.” – Terry Sanford, 9/30/63, announcing the creation of the North Carolina Fund

Change Comes Knocking presents an snapshot of the creation of the Fund, one of the first bi-racial organizations in the South, in the midst of the turbulent sixties. The history of the North Carolina Fund encompasses 5 years of innovative and experimental actions, which also proved to be quite controversial. DurhamThe NC Fund encouraged communities around the state to create local agencies called Community action Programs (CAPS), whose agendas would have to include input from low income people. The Fund gave a voice to people who had been disenfranchised, and in turn empowered them to make substantial changes in their lives and communities. The empowerment of local poor people was one of the greatest goals of the NC Fund but what they hadn’t foreseen that it would threaten the establishment, and people who were comfortable with the status quo.

This documentary features a multitude of beautiful archival photographs and moving pictures taken in North Carolina throughout the 1960s. Billy Barnes, who was the Fund’s Director of Public Information took thousands of photographs which tell the story of the North Carolina Fund, and the communities it reached out to and helped. Photos from his amazing collection are featured in the film, and can be found at the UNC Photographic Collection. story of the North Carolina Fund is as rich and diverse as the people that shared in its creation.

For more information you can contact the Producer, Rebecca Cerese at or by phone at (919) 824-0811.  Screening Information Coming Soon!

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