Saunders Hall

Blanche Brown on performance art as engagement tactic

Excerpt Description: Blanche Brown explains how the Real Silent Sam Coalition used performance tactics to engage other students in the movement.

Interviewee Name: Blanche Brown

Interviewer: Charlotte Fryar

Excerpt Transcript: “Performance is a really big part of Real Silent Sam, and that’s how we engage, especially that’s how we engage people who aren’t maybe aware of a lot of things or how we engage with students. So, disruption of space. For example, this fall–it was raining, too–we created this replica of the Unsung Founders Memorial, with cardboard and garbage bags. And there was a group of black students holding up this cardboard table in the Pit, basically shouting the inscription while another student read some historical facts about slavery and the university and the specific things that we do know.”

Organization: Real Silent Sam Coalition

Event Mentioned Date: 9/25/2014

Excerpt Length: 0:50

Interview Date: 4/15/2015

Interview Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Campus Space: Saunders Hall

Citation: Interview with Blanche Brown by Charlotte Fryar, 15 April 2015, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.