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  • Public History and Digitelling

  • Public History focuses on sharing a culture’s “living stories” in pictures, film, oral narratives, and multimedia displays. JCSU’s Westside stories will introduce website readers to the vast and rich stories that they find within Charlotte’s West side. More than 200 JCSU students and the university’s faculty are involved in this ongoing project. Students take to the streets and homes and businesses of the people who live and work in Charlotte. Armed with cameras and curiosity, they have committed to capturing the views and thoughts of people they encounter.

    Since the start of the year, students have already met significant leaders who have made a difference in Charlotte’s history and its present. They have been inspired by those who share their stories.

    WBTV supports this community project developed by Johnson C. Smith University. Throughout 2012, we will share students stories on our air and support their journey to enlighten and educate not only our own community, but that of the nation as it comes to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention in September. Look for their stories on Saturday and Sunday mornings on WBTV throughout the year. We will also provide a link here to a number of their stories that we air.

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  • JCSU students create website in anticipation of DNC

    JCSU students create website in anticipation of DNC

    Thursday, April 5 2012 10:50 AM EDT2012-04-05 14:50:00 GMT
    Charlotte is stepping into the spotlight and taking center stage as the Democratic National Convention approaches.More >>
  • WBTV helps with student awards at JCSU

    WBTV helps with student awards at JCSU

    Tuesday, May 1 2012 8:55 AM EDT2012-05-01 12:55:48 GMT
    CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – It's not just the city of Charlotte planning for the Democratic National Convention. All businesses and buildings around Center City are making plans. Monday afternoon, JohnsonMore >>
    Monday afternoon, Johnson C-Smith University honored some students who are telling – as they say – the "untold" stories about the Westside of Charlotte.More >>
  • She led by sitting down

    She led by sitting down

    Tuesday, May 1 2012 4:03 PM EDT2012-05-01 20:03:45 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    JCSU's Brenten is inspired by a woman who's single action became a catalyst to push an emerging movement forward.More >>
  • Leadership, 19 years and counting

    Leadership, 19 years and counting

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:13 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:13:32 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    When he thought of a leader, Courtney Hunter looked to his best friend.    But this may not be who you'd expect.More >>
  • Leadership across borders

    Leadership across borders

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:14 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:14:09 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    From the island of Jamaica, one teacher is inspiring students like JCSU's Regina Jones to stretch borders and learn about the world.More >>
  • A Westside Legend

    A Westside Legend

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:14 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:14:57 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    Learn more about JCSU coach Stephen J. Joyner, an outstanding performance throughout a lifetime.More >>
  • A lifetime of inspiration

    A lifetime of inspiration

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:17 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:17:00 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    JCSU's Dominique Cross talks about the inspiration of her life.More >>
  • Civil Rights in Black and White

    Civil Rights in Black and White

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:17 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:17:42 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    While black Americans fought for equal citizenship rights,  they did not stand  alone.   Emanuel Reid introduces us to 3 people who's leadership inspired him.More >>
  • A different view of the Black Panthers

    A different view of the Black Panthers

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:18 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:18:25 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    The Black Panther movement produced stark images,  usually of violence.  JCSU's Janelle S. Martin focuses on one man who was a non-violent leaderMore >>
  • Winners and losers and leaders

    Winners and losers and leaders

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:19 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:19:03 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    Johnson C. Smith student Katempres Johns knows the difference between winners and losers… and leaders.   Please watch her entire story.More >>
  • Winnie to the rescue!

    Winnie to the rescue!

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:19 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:19:38 GMT
    By Vuyo Lushaba, JCSU Vuyo Lushaba is a student at Johnson C. Smith University. His grandmother is Winnie Mandela. He talks about how she inspired him to overcome incredible obstacles… including losingMore >>
    Vuyo Lushaba is a student at Johnson C. Smith University.  His grandmother is Winnie Mandela.   He talks about how she inspired him to overcome incredible obsticalesMore >>
  • Leadership in her own home

    Leadership in her own home

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:20 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:20:18 GMT
    The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, they created stories aboutMore >>
    Lung cancer changed her father's life,  and the life of JCSU student Tamika Watts.More >>
  • A life turned around by the leader of the class

    A life turned around by the leader of the class

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:21 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:21:25 GMT
    By Reatna Taylor, JCSU The students in this part of the RUNDNC2012 project were asked to think about leadership. They learned about leaders who made a difference on Charlotte's Westside. And then, theyMore >>
    Reatna Taylor talks about overcoming odds through the intervention of a caring teacher.More >>
  • Inspired by successful siblings, but intimidated nonetheless

    Inspired by successful siblings, but intimidated nonetheless

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:22 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:22:47 GMT
    By Phillip Henry, JCSU Freshman Phillip Henry always wanted to keep up with his two highly academically successful sisters, but found it difficult and defeating. He explains how wise words from hisMore >>
    Phillip Henry is inspired to follow a unique path... his own.More >>
  • It's not where you are, it's where you're at.

    It's not where you are, it's where you're at.

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:23 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:23:45 GMT
    By Nicholas Bratcher, JCSU Nicholas Bratcher grew up in the Bronx, NY. The city had its dangers and challenges. But, this young man found tremendous support in his hometown and inspires him todayMore >>
    Nicholas Bratcher says his hometown of The Bronx, NY could be dangerous when he was growing up, but he shares why his hometown inspires.More >>
  • Following .... and leading the way.

    Following .... and leading the way.

    Tuesday, June 12 2012 10:24 AM EDT2012-06-12 14:24:23 GMT
    By Darian, JCSU Darian is inspired by her mother, who was the first in their family to go to college. Darian is now in college to and hopes to pave the way for her brother to follow in her footsteps.More >>
    Darian, a JCSU student is following in a parent's footsteps and hopes to lead too.More >>
  • Basketball Saved Me

    Basketball Saved Me

    Thursday, March 8 2012 12:09 PM EST2012-03-08 17:09:49 GMT
    Jimmy Joyner is inspired by the discipline he sees in leadership.More >>
  • Growing up in foster care

    Growing up in foster care

    Thursday, March 8 2012 12:10 PM EST2012-03-08 17:10:14 GMT
    Jockuela Ballard is a Johnson C. Smith University cheerleader who grew up in foster care.More >>
  • Being a role model to the next generation

    Being a role model to the next generation

    Thursday, March 8 2012 12:10 PM EST2012-03-08 17:10:39 GMT
    Tamika Watts is a pre-med major who is a role model for her 6-year-old niece.  More >>
  • About RUN-DNC

    About RUN-DNC

    The Westside Stories are only one part of Johnson C. Smith's effort.   It is a part of large community and website initiative called the REEL Urban Network  DNC 2012 designed to engage and inform the public during this year, thought the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. More >>
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