Dr. Sheila Smith McKoy is the director, writer and producer of three documentaries: Maama Watali and Luwero: A Conversation about War, Peace and Gender (2017), Opening Doors: The Lives and Legacies of Dr. Lawrence M. Clark and Dr. Augustus M. Witherspoon (2013), a film dedicated to the two men who changed the face of diversity at North Carolina State University and St. Agnes: The Untold Story (2012), focused on St. Agnes Hospital, which served the African American communities of Raleigh and the greater region during the era of medical apartheid in North Carolina. She served as executive producer for Cash Michael's film, WLLE: The Voice of the Community (2015). She continues to produce programs and media focused on the lives, legacies and histories of people of African descent. Her current project is focused on the abiding legacy of Elizabeth Keckley. Smith McKoy has also appeared as a media commentator focused on race, literature, ant-hazing advocacy, health and healing, and the relationships between Africana communities.
Selected Media and Public Appearances:
February 22, 2018, Nashur Museum of Art - Haiku Reading, 7:00 pm.
August 17, 2017 Sojourner Truth Radio: https://soundcloud.com/sojournertruthradio/sojourner-truth-august-17-2017-charlottesville-racist-policies-the-history-of-white-riots
May 7, 2017, A Conversation about Elizabeth Keckley," NC Museum of History.
November 6, 2016, "Elizabeth Keckley in Context," 3:00, Burwell School Historic Site, Hillsborough, NC. http://www.burwellschool.org/ .
November 5, 2016, North Carolina Writers Network Conference, "All Stories Connect: A Conversation about Culture, Raleigh, NC (http://www.ncwriters.org/programs-and-services/conferences/7992-fall-conference-2016a).
October 25, 2016, The Atlanta Press Club Program,: "How Can Media Give a Voice to the Voiceless? Affecting Racial Equality and Understanding Through Journalism, 6:00, The Commerce Club, http://atlantapressclub.org/how-can-media-give-a-voice-to-the-voiceless-affecting-racial-equality-and-understanding-through-journalism/.
October, 14 - 15 2016: Living Differently: Celebrating Beautiful Minds,"Seymour Center, Chapel Hill, NC, panelist
June 14, 2016: “Remembrance: An Evening of African American Poetry: An Event to Honor the Charleston, SC Parishioners Murdered during a Bible Study Meeting, June 2015 & to celebrate the lives of all African-Americans.Chapel Hill Library, Chapel Hill, NC
- February 6, 2016, Justice Theater Project, Tuesdays with Morrie Panel
- January 28, 2016, Patient Engaged Summit, Sheraton Imperial, Durham, NC
- June 25, 2015 Justice Theater Project, The Color Purple: Text and Context, see http://www.thejusticetheaterproject.org/
- May 28, 2015, WRFG, 89.3, Atlanta, GA, " A Conversation about Miles Davis"
- January 31, 2015, North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC; see: http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/AACC_2015.aspx
- January 15, 2015, WRFG, 89.3, Atlanta, GA; guest interview
- September 25, 2014, "Talking Back: A Conversation about Women with North Carolina Policy Makers," NC Executive Mansion
- September 19, 2014: Anti-Hazing Lecture, UNC, Chapel Hill
- April 17, 2014, Poetry Reading with Raina Leon and Lenard D. Moore, Quail Ridge Book Store, Raleigh, NC
- April 16, 2014, Poetry Reading with Raina Leon and Lenard D. Moore, Boar's Head Bookshop, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
- April 5, 2014, North Carolina Literary Festival: "The Future of Poetry," Hunt Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
- February 2, 2014, African American Read In, Poetry and Fiction Reading, Wake Baptist Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
- January 25, 2014, African American Heritage Celebration, Poetry Reading