Yes, this year’s lecture has a provocative title — “Why Black Lives Don’t Matter: Rethinking the Origins of the USA.” It is based upon the extensive and meticulous research of our lecturer for 2018, Gerald C. Horne. The lecturer this year is a brilliant and prize-winning scholar who can and will deliver one of our most memorable lectures of our annual series of UNC-Chapel Hill’s African American History Month Lectures on February 21, 2018. Gerald C. Horne is an internationally acclaimed scholar and author of the The Counter-Revolution of 1776. Dozens of books ago, Horne was a member of the Carolina faculty, but he is now the Moores Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston and we are excited about his return to us as a prolific author and highly respected historian and public intellectual. We have planned his appearance on “The State of Things” for 20 February. Perhaps you and your constituents would like to mark your calendars so that you will be able to hear Professor Horne at Noon the day before the lecture. Following the lecture there will be plenty of time for questions. The University will host its traditional reception and book-signing for Professor Horne. There will be, as well, a book-signing opportunity for persons to purchase works of a special honored guest, Colin Palmer. Professor Palmer is one of the world’s leading scholars in African Diasporic scholarship and was the first African American to serve as a chairperson of any department in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.