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New Hanover County Race and Social Justice Institute

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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Sponsored by: The NHC Office of Diversity & Equity and the Cape Fear Museum

Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16 & 22 – 6:00 -7:30 pm nightly

Join a four-week conversation with community experts about history, race, social justice and healing forward. Register for all four nights!

About this Event

People have lived in what is now New Hanover County for tens of thousands of years. What does our history mean, and how does it change when we begin to take everybody’s history into account?

Join a four-week conversation with community experts. Over the course of the institute, we’ll explore some of the ways ideas about race and racism have shaped our community’s past and present, and end with a conversation of where we are today, and what steps we can take as a community to promote social justice and equity.

History Matters –Making Sense of our Racial History 
In week one, after a brief overview of the region’s history by Dr. Jan Davidson (Cape Fear Museum), panelists will share some of the ways they see the history of race and racism in action in the county and city. We’ll discuss why it’s important to understand the past in all of its complexity.

Segregation, Desegregation, and Civil Rights (From 1898 to the Civil Rights Era of the 1950s & 1960s)
In Week 2, we’ll examine rise and fall of legally-sanctioned racial segregation. Learn about local efforts to desegregate the schools, and the effects of county school board decisions on the community. Join educators and activists who lived through these turbulent times as they share their memories and insights into segregation, desegregation, and activism in Civil Rights era Wilmington.

The End of Legally Sanctioned Segregation – From the Wilmington 10 to Re-gaining a Seat in Government 
In our third week, we’ll focus on our history in the 1970s and beyond. We’ll explore the Wilmington 10 case and how opportunities in the county changed after the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s. Hear from two of the members of the Wilmington 10, and from local political leaders and community activists.

Where do we go from here?
In our final week, we’ll wrap up our exploration of history with a special presentation of a video, The Front Lines with an introduction by the film’s Executive Producer, Mike Williams. Hear from Linda Thompson on the state of the county today. Then join a panel of special guests who will discuss the question, “where do we go from here?”


If you’d like to participate in this free, virtual event, please register HERE.