Race

Vince Winkel

With the movement to rename Hugh MacRae Park growing, demonstrators held a sit-in at the park Wednesday to raise awareness of social and racial injustice. The park is named after one of the architects of Wilmington’s 1898 massacre.  It’s estimated that hundreds of Blacks lost their lives in what was the only successful coup d’etat in U.S. History.   

Vince Winkel

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the protests began in Wilmington on May 30 with a gathering at 1898 Memorial Park. The next day, they moved to the steps of Wilmington City Hall. Every day and night since, people have gathered with signs protesting racism and police brutality.  One voice has stood out from the crowd. 

 

On November 10, 1898, an angry white mob led by prominent Wilmingtonians like Alfred Moore Waddell, Hugh MacRae, George Rountree, and J. Allen Taylor, murdered anywhere from a dozen to 300 people. These white supremacists forcefully removed black politicians from power, and hundreds of black business owners and residents fled in the aftermath. This feature includes video interviews with local leaders.

Vince Winkel

Two demonstrations in Wilmington over the weekend. Both were about George Floyd – the black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week. Saturday afternoon’s was peaceful. Sunday evening’s turned into a confrontation. Just before 10 pm, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo declared a state of emergency and put a curfew in place until 6 am Monday morning.  WHQR’s Vince Winkel was at both events and filed this report.

Hannah Breisinger

The civil rights movement may have peaked in the mid-20th century, but issues affecting black Americans persist. This past Wednesday, Wilmington community members gathered to address specific local concerns – such as education, health disparities, and economic empowerment. 

Annabelle Crowe

Wilmington’s history is rooted in racial tension. A local organization, Tru Colors, is trying to connect people across racial and economic divides through an unconventional event held at Ironclad Brewery last week.

Vince Winkel

The New Hanover County Board of Education will meet next week to discuss the future of Williston Middle School. At issue is whether it will become an arts school, a high school, or perhaps stay as it is. That’s just one of several items the new Board is working on this year. And those items come with some history.

The made-for-TV animation "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was released 53 years ago. Consider: the animation (and the comic strip) contained no characters of color at that time. Does it matter what color Charlie Brown is in 2018? 

Maggie Andrews Miller

Dram Tree Shakespeare presents its latest show, Romeo & Juliet, in a relatively traditional manner, but with a twist from director Don Baker: the Capulets are white and Montagues are black. Final performances are Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2 at Thalian Hall.

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Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville is having a concert Saturday, July 15 called The Color of Harmony featuring blues/slide guitarist Lakota John and musician/storyteller Reggie Harris. I spoke to Meredith Morgan from the museum about this event-and about the museum; listen above and see the transcript below. Below the transcript, find more information about exhibits, activities, and events at the Museum. 

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In 1984, Jennifer Thompson was raped. She spent enough time with the rapist to identify him in a line-up and he was quickly convicted and put behind bars. His name is Ronald Cotton. It wasn't until 11 years later that Jennifer discovered she had picked the wrong man in the line-up. He was exonerated by DNA evidence. Listen to Thompson talk about how this experience impacted her life above.