Lumbee Communities in Urban Center

Thursday, October 29, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
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Dr. Lawrence Locklear
Student Inclusion and Diversity
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 On Thursday, October 29, 2020, at 7 p.m., Kenneth Clark, Jessica R. Locklear and Dr. Ashley Minner will explore the migration of Lumbee Indians to the urban centers of Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia during the post-World War II economic boom and how these Lumbees created institutions, such as churches and American Indian centers, as a way to maintain their Lumbee identity and create a home away from home.

Clark (Lumbee), a graduate of UNC Pembroke, is the cultural enrichment specialist for the Indian Education Program with the Public Schools of Robeson County. His master’s thesis, titled “Lumbee Indian Migration to Detroit and Their Success in Adjustment”, focused on the reasons for the migration and how successful the Lumbee’s were in adapting to an urban setting versus the rural setting of their homeland.


Locklear (Lumbee), also a graduate of UNC Pembroke, is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of History at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her master's thesis documented the history of Lumbee migration to Philadelphia and the community that was established there.


Dr. Minner (Lumbee) is a community based visual artist from Baltimore. Her doctoral dissertation examined the establishment and history of the Lumbee community in Baltimore.


The sessions, co-sponsored by the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity and the Southeast American Indian Studies Program as part of American Indian Heritage Month, will be archived and made available on the OSID website at


For more information, contact the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity at 910.522.5790 or 

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