Wilmington, North Carolina Panel:
"Are we making progress?"
March 21, 2001
In 1898, White Supremacists seized power in the beautiful port of Wilmington North Carolina. They burned the town's Black newspaper -believed to be the only Black daily in the South-after it challenged the justice of lynch law for Black "rapists." The plotters exiled the mayor and many officials, killed a number of African Americans and drove thousands of their businessmen out of town. It was a pivotal moment in the history of race in America.
Listening Between the Lines, formerly the “Reality Works” Project, in partnership with the 1898 Centennial Foundation and WHQR-FM public radio, broadcast a community forum to discuss the legacy of the 1898 events. The project was funded by the Southern Humanities Media Fund and the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
Excerpts from Wilmington: are we Making Progress? are used in Listening Between the Lines’ Democracy's Denial: Revolutions in Wilmington.