FREEDOM FIGHTER: Tiece Ruffin, UNCA professor and interim director of Africana studies, is a key organizer of the university’s upcoming conference, “400 Years of African American Resilience.” One of her goals for the conference is encouraging local activism. “We are still not in a post-racial society,” she says. “We still need people to work as freedom fighters and social justice advocates.” Photo by Thomas Calder

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