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Cape Fear Conversations is a series where both local experts and residents share stories and discuss issues that affect people living in southeastern North Carolina.

Cape Fear Conversations: Black Stories and DEI Roundtable

See video of the event:

Cape Fear Conversations Black History-DEI 2023 mp4

Listen to The Newsroom episodes that highlight the event:

Part 1: Cape Fear Conversations: Black History in Wilmington

Part 2: Cape Fear Conversations: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

On Saturday, February 11, WHQR presented an informative and enlightening event to celebrate Black History Month: Cape Fear Conversations. We started by hearing Black stories of the Cape Fear region featuring several prominent local voices from the Black community. Then WHQR journalists led a roundtable discussion with DEI experts on the state of diversity, equity, inclusion in the area.


  • Derrick Anderson, Host of 'Facebook Live with Derrick Anderson'
  • Lettie Gore, Historian and Educator
  • Rev. Kojo Nantambo, Pastor — Temple of Truth, Light and Life church
  • Kevin Spears, City of Wilmington Councilman

Roundtable Guests:

  • Dr. Donyell Roseboro, Chief Diversity Officer at UNCW
  • Lillian Graning, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Live Oak Bank
  • Linda Thompson, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer for New Hanover County
  • Jamar Jenkins, former Inclusive Small Business Coordinator for Live Oak Bank
  • Malcolm Johnson, M.Ed, Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Officer at New Hanover County Schools

Listen to WHQR reporters Ben Schachtman and Kelly Kenoyer discuss the event on this episode of The Newsroom.
Thanks for joining us for an afternoon of storytelling and civic-minded discussion on the controversies and work that goes into a healthy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program!

This event was FREE and open to the public, but because space is limited, we asked that you please RSVP with your name and number of people in your party to rsvp@whqr.org.

Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.