Distinguished Guest Added to New Hanover County’s Virtual Race & Social Justice Institute

Posted January 21, 2021 at 4:25 pm     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Dr. Ben Chavis of the historic Wilmington 10 will join New Hanover County’s Race and Social Justice Institute next month as a featured panelist. In 1971 Chavis came to Wilmington to assist in the campaign to desegregate the city’s public school system. Chavis and nine other activists were arrested and convicted of felony charges and became known as the “Wilmington 10.”  Chavis’ eight-year incarceration received international attention. Dr. Chavis currently serves as the CEO and President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). In December 2012, he received a full Pardon of Innocence for his previous conviction with the Wlimington 10, a story that was highly publicized in many sources nationwide.

Dr. Chavis joins the NHC Race and Social Justice Institute on Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m. along with a group of other distinguished panelists including Willie Vereen also of the Wilmington 10, NHC NAACP President Deborah Maxwell, retired NHC Commissioner Joe Barfield, Sr. and son Jonathan Barfield, Jr. currently serving on the commission. The night’s discussion will focus on the county’s history in the 1970s and beyond. The panel will explore the Wilmington 10 case and how opportunities in the county changed after the passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s.

The New Hanover County Office of Diversity and Equity and Cape Fear Museum are sponsors of the four-night series beginning February 2. Local historians and guests will discuss the history of race, civil rights, and the role of social justice in the community’s past, present and future. This virtual institute will take place each Tuesday evening in February from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

There is no cost to attend the Race & Social Justice Institute but pre-registration is required. Join the four-week conversation by clicking here to sign up now!

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker,, 910-798-4367

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382
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