'Wilmington in Black and White' program hopes to bridge racial gaps

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - District Attorney Ben David announced Tuesday at Williston Middle School, the speakers and presenters for the annual educational series 'Wilmington in Black and White.'

Community leaders hope the class will be the next step to bridge the racial gap.

"History of Wilmington in Black and White" is a class held at Williston Middle School and draws audiences of hundreds each week.

The program is meant to develop an historical perspective on relationships between African Americans and whites, putting Wilmington into the big picture.

The idea behind the class began after a tragic shooting that raised tensions in the city in 2007.

Organizers hope it will foster a deeper discussion of racial relationships.

Classes will begin September 17 and will be held from 6:00-8:30 Thursday evenings. To register for classes, click here.

Weekly Class Schedule

  • September 17 - The Power of Southern Culture and Southern Memory
  • September 24 - Ghosts of 1898:  Wilmington's Race Riot and Rise of White Supremacy
  • October 1 - Jim Crow Meets G.I. Joe: Wilmington & WWII
  • October 8 - The Civil Rights Movement in America
  • October 15 - The Civil Rights Movement in Wilmington
  • October 22 - Blood Done Sign My Name
  • October 29 - Black Power and White Backlash: The Wilmington 10
  • November 5 - Wilmington Beyond Black and White

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