Leoneda Inge

Race and Southern Culture Reporter

Leoneda Inge is WUNC's race and southern culture reporter. She is the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position, which explores modern and historical constructs to tell stories of poverty and wealth, health and food culture, education and racial identity.

Leoneda's most recent work of note includes the series “When a Rural North Carolina Clinic Closes,” produced in partnership with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. Other recent work includes “50 Years of the Ebony Fashion Fair,” the debate surrounding “Race, Slavery & Monuments,” and the “Rebuilding of Princeville” after Hurricane Matthew.

In 2017, Leoneda was named Journalist of Distinction by the National Association of Black Journalists. Leoneda is a graduate of Florida A&M University and Columbia University, where she earned her Master's Degree in Journalism as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics. In 2014, she traveled to Berlin, Brussels and Prague as a German/American Journalist Exchange Fellow.
 

 

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Georgia O'Keeffe, NCMA, Female Artists
Permission granted NC Museum of Art

More than 35 of Georgia O’Keeffe’s works make up “The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art” exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art opening Saturday. O'Keeffe lived for nearly 100 years, and was one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

St. Augustine's University, HBCU, Rooms to Go
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

One of the largest furniture companies in the country has dropped off more than $20,000 in new furniture at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh. Rooms to Go is helping to establish the university’s Reading for Excellence Center.

Duke University School of Medicine, Duke Integration
Duke University School of Medicine

One of the most revered doctors at Duke University died Sunday. Dr. Brenda Armstrong will be remembered for the impact she made in her community and at Duke University School of Medicine, where she spent more than 20 years.

Questions remain over the shooting death of NCCU student DeAndre Ballard
North Carolina Central University

Students at North Carolina Central University are expressing frustration at the shooting death of a fellow student. They are also concerned about the living conditions at the off-campus apartment complex where 23-year-old DeAndre Ballard was shot and killed.

Ballard was a senior at NCCU and lived at Campus Crossings at Durham, on E. Cornwallis Road. Ballard allegedly got into a confrontation with a security guard there last month, which led to his death.

DeAndre Lee is a sophomore at NCCU. He says students don’t know what to think.

At RDU, Ben Akroyd helps pilot Martin Fessele pack his Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft with supplies for victims of Hurricane Florence.  Fessele came from New Jersey to help with ‘Operation Airdrop.’
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

During natural disasters like Hurricane Florence, we mostly hear about big relief agencies like FEMA and organizations like The Red Cross. But smaller groups are also working hard to help in the aftermath.

Beatriz Jerlen Covarrubias-Rivera relaxes on a Red Cross cot with her four sons, ages 2 to 10, while staying at a shelter operated by the Red Cross at E.B. Aycock Middle School on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.
Adam Jennings / American Red Cross

Governor Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians to find a safe place to stay as torrential rain and flooding continues to pummel parts of the state. For some, that safe place to stay may be another night at a shelter far away from home, like the UNC shelter in Chapel Hill.

File photo of Maya Little, a UNC graduate student arrested at a Silent Sam rally earlier this year.
Gabriella Bulgarelli / WUNC

Activists and students who support the toppling of the Confederate Silent Sam statue at UNC Chapel Hill say they have been abused and assaulted by police. Pepper spray was used at one of the last demonstrations to disperse a crowd.

Silent Sam, UNC, Duke Chapel, Confederate Monuments
Leoneda Inge

Two prominent universities have removed Confederate statues on their campuses – but in very different ways – as campuses grapple with race and relics of the past.

NC Zoo, Rhino, Mammals, Breeding
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro has been celebrating the births of two southern white rhinoceroses this summer. It’s part of a breeding program to help preserve the large mammals. But don't hold your breath waiting for a rhino to be born – it has taken more than 40 years for these rhino calves to be born in North Carolina.

Mike Mangum and Jack Kochel handle a large watermelon during the 2018 Watermelon Day contest at the N.C. State Farmers Market.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Watermelon Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh is no average day at the market. Families pack the gazebo area for the big show. On this steamy 90-degree day, folks came to see some big watermelons. North Carolina is in the peak of its watermelon season.

National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings,
Brynn Anderson / AP

It’s hard to count the exact number of African Americans who were lynched by white mobs during the years following slavery. Numbers show most of these brutal, deadly acts occurred in the South, between the 1870s and the 1950s.

Rev. Jenny Shultz-Thomas, of Community United Church of Christ, leads a prayer with area clergy on Wed., June 20, 2018 at One Table United Methodists Church in Raleigh.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Faith leaders, immigrants and their neighbors gathered today in Raleigh to recognize World Refugee Day.

Warren County, Warrenton, Parks and Recreation, African Americans
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

The season for cookouts, games and outdoor relaxation is in full swing at local parks across the state. It’s especially the right time for fun in the town of Warrenton, near the Virginia state line, which recently opened its first municipal park. It sits in an all-black community that has had few options for recreation over the years.

Confederate Flag, Orange County, Silent Sam
Leoneda Inge

The Orange County Board of Commissioners say they can't do anything about messages on a raised flag waving on a flagpole on private property.

But, they can decide the size of the flag and the height of the flagpole.

people marching with confederate flags in Washington, D.C.
Elvert Barnes / Flickr - Creative Commons - https://flic.kr/p/ye6c21

Residents of Orange County will get the chance to speak out on plans to clarify regulations on flags and flagpoles.

The debate centers around the flying of a mega-sized Confederate flag over Highway 70.

Juana Luz Tobar Ortega stands outside St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Greensboro, where she is living in sanctuary.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Since Donald Trump took office, the number of non-criminal undocumented immigrants detained and arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has spiked. That has pushed some to seek sanctuary in churches, where ICE says its policy is to avoid enforcement in so-called “sensitive locations.”

Rosa del Carmen Ortez-Cruz speaks at a press conference on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

A Honduran woman living in the U.S. illegally has taken sanctuary in a Chapel Hill church in order to avoid deportation.

Rev. Gil Caldwell (far right) with Martin Luther King, Jr.
truthinprogress.com

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and many people across the Tar Heel state are remembering the civil rights leader.

Slavery, Confederate Monuments, Duke University
Leoneda Inge

Universities from Brown in Rhode Island to Furman in South Carolina have commissions in place to study Race, Slavery and Monuments.  One institution where millions of dollars is being spent to make sure everyone has a say in how universities remember and mark the past is the University of Virginia.

Farmworkers, Unions, Student Action with Farmworkers, UNCTV
SAF and UNCTV

A documentary about the little-known woman who co-founded the first farmworkers unions is being shown tonight in Raleigh. Many people have heard of Cesar Chavez. But right next to him was Dolores Huerta, fighting for racial and labor justice. Here is activist Angela Davis from the documentary called “Dolores.”

The Women of the Confederacy monument was a gift to the state by Confederate veteran Col. Ashley Horne, and was unveiled in June 1914. It was the wish of Colonel Horne to recognize the suffering and hardship faced by women during this tragic period.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

People from across North Carolina got the chance to speak out on the fate of the confederate monuments on the Raleigh state capitol grounds. A special committee is tasked with recommending if the statues should remain where they are, or be moved to a state historic site.

NCCU, BCBSNC, Nursing, Rural Health
Courtesy of NCCU

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is handing out millions of dollars this year as part of its community health initiative. North Carolina Central University in Durham is one of the recipients.

World War II, African American military, African American women, 6888 Postal Battalion
Madeline Gray / For WUNC

Millie Dunn Veasey, a Raleigh native believed to be one of the last living African-American women to serve overseas during World War II, has died. She was 100.

DPAC, Durham, Broadway, Durham Revitalization
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The Durham Performing Arts Center has been bringing renowned Broadway shows to the Triangle for a decade.  That might be the reason why season-ticket holders are paying a lot more for the 2018-2019 season.  It features the blockbuster musical "Hamilton."

Black Panther, African Fashion, African Americans, Comic Books
Leoneda Inge

You can count on comic book superfans to dress-up like their favorite characters for a big movie premiere.  But the opening weekend of "Black Panther" has brought out new fans and new ware. The “Afrocentric” tone of the film has many moviegoers wanting to dress the part, from African-inspired jewelry to authentic Kente cloth.

Photo of movie cover for 'Black Beach/White Beach'
Southern Documentary Fund

One of the longest running African American film festivals in the country gets underway this weekend in Durham.

World War II, African American military, African American women, 6888 Postal Battalion
Madeline Gray / For WUNC

The birthday celebrations continue for Millie Dunn Veasey of Raleigh, North Carolina. On January 31, the World War II veteran turned 100 years old.

Hungry Harvest, Food, Produce, Farmers, Ashley Christensen
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

A new food delivery service in the Raleigh-Durham area specializes in distributing fruits and vegetables with cosmetic imperfections. Evan Lutz is the CEO of Hungry Harvest. Its mission is to rescue produce farmers can’t sell because of a surplus or because it’s just too ugly.

Supporters and members of Bull City United lead a "Week of Peace" candlelight vigil at the Cornwallis housing community on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.
Christine Nguyen / For WUNC

At the recent "Week of Peace" candlelight vigil, Daryl Quick read the names of victims of Durham’ 2017 gun violence.

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