A native of Oxford, Chavis began his civil rights activism in 1963, working for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In his hometown in 1970, Chavis organized a protest march and 18-month boycott of white businesses after black Vietnam War veteran Henry Marrow was murdered and white suspects were acquitted by an all-white jury. The book and film “Blood Done Sign My Name” recount those events. Chavis transferred to UNC Charlotte in January 1966 from St. Augustine’s College. He was active in efforts to promote the activities of African-American students on campus. He was the first president of the Black Student Union and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UNCC in 1971.
A panel discussion, “Future of Food in the New South,” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at UNC Charlotte Center City. Topics will include what the future of food looks like in the South; challenges of food production, consumption and access; and what makes Southern cuisine distinctive. Future events in the series are scheduled in March and September. Seating is limited for the February events, which are free and open to the public. Reservations are required; email email@example.com.