Wingate University presents “From Apartheid to Democracy” exhibit

From Apartheid to Democracy
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – The “From Apartheid to Democracy” exhibit currently on display at Wingate University portrays the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa and the American South. This exhibit, located in The Batte Center Rotunda during February and March, is part of the 2014 Connected Campus series CREATED EQUAL.

Created by the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa, with assistance from the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, N.C., “From Apartheid to Democracy” tells the story of South Africa's segregation during the country’s first ten years as a democracy. Text and images illuminate the similarities between the American South and the South African experience, and how each country addresses the legacies of poverty and racism. The exhibit opens with the transformation of South Africa from its history of racial violence into the “Rainbow Nation.” Similarities between Apartheid in South Africa and “Jim Crow” laws in the American South are included, as well as a section on the non-violent campaigns in both countries, the role of unions in the United States, as well as the Black Power movement.

The 2014 Connected Campus series of CREATED EQUAL commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Performances, exhibits and events explore the fight for equality as a force for change both at home and abroad. In keeping with the belief that diversity of experience is essential to a well-rounded education, The Connected Campus is a collaborative project of the Wingate University departments of international studies, history and political science, English, Lyceum, student life, arts, athletics, Friends of the Library and The Batte Center. Community partners include Singin’ Black and White and The Ulysses Spring Festival of the Arts.

Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Large groups should call ahead to reserve space withThe Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300. To learn more about this exhibit, visit

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located five minutes from Monroe, The Batte Center is three blocks off of Highway 74 and 29 miles southeast of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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