Historian Brenda Tindal defines the New South, how Charlotte can move forward after the protests, and the exhibit ‘K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace’

Charlotte native and historian Brenda Tindal spoke at the June meeting of #35BelowCLT, CharlotteFive’s young professional breakfast networking event. About 50 of the city’s top young professionals gathered at the Levine Museum of the New South to hear Tindal share details about what is going on at the museum including the exhibition ‘K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace’, the actual definition of the New South and how Charlotte (and the people in it) can move forward after the 2016 protests.

If you missed the breakfast, your company can learn more about signing up for #35BelowCLT here. Nonetheless, we recorded the conversation and released it with this week’s episode of the CharlotteFive Podcast.

Podcast co-hosts Sarah Crosland and Corey Inscoe talked with Tindal about:

– How a Millennial African American woman (that’s Tindal) came to be one of Charlotte’s respected keepers of history.

– What the New South actually is and how the Levine Museum of the New South addresses the history that surrounds it.

– What people can expect when they head upstairs and into the exhibition ‘K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace’, which serves as a rapid-response exhibition to the 2016 Charlotte protests and police-involved shootings locally and nationally. Hint: “For some, it may be a trigger,” Tindal said. “Because you’ll see images, you’ll hear stories, you’ll hear perspectives that remind you of how deeply divided parts of our community are and how tragic in some ways what happened in September was for many of us.”

– How young people in Charlotte can make an impact when it comes to community issues like racial divides.

– How there’s still a lot of work to do in Charlotte with contemporary issues. For example, many of our neighborhoods are still segregated. Tindal said, “We have our own set of challenges that we continuously need to grapple with and work towards improving.”

That starts with being informed about those challenges. So the group of breakfast guests headed up the museum stairs and into the ‘K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace’ exhibition to take a look, absorb the information. You can too, through Oct. 22.

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Photos: Katie Toussaint