The Danville Register & Bee newspaper reported on a recent lecture at Rockingham Community College by UNCG historian and African American Studies professor Omar Ali. The lecture – Black History as American History – was part of the Road Scholar program of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

History is “not just about the great individuals, it’s about people of all kinds creating things together. That is what produces history,” Ali told attendees.

“The people who have pressed for changes in the most critical ways are the outsiders, the independents. It’s these ordinary men and women who push and push from the outside and then ultimately the changes are adopted by people in power.”