New Hanover County and Cape Fear Museum Announce Virtual Race & Social Justice Institute

Posted January 14, 2021 at 2:23 pm     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – New Hanover County’s Office of Diversity & Equity and Cape Fear Museum are partnering together for a series of panel discussions with local historians and guests about the history of race, civil rights, and the role of social justice in the community’s past, present and future. This four-week 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!

Chief Diversity & Equity Officer Linda Thompson noted, “This is an opportunity for the community to hear from a diverse panel of experts to learn from our past so we will not revisit the horrible events of our history.”

During the Race & Social Justice Institute, panelists will explore some of the ideas about race and racism that have shaped the community and what steps can be taken to promote social justice and equity. The topics for each week of the institute include:

February 2: History Matters – Making Sense of Racial History
Cape Fear Museum’s Historian Dr. Jan Davidson will provide a brief overview of the region’s complex history and panelists will share some of the ways the history of race and racism are seen in action in the county and city.

February 9: Segregation, Desegregation and Civil Rights
Examine the rise and fall of legally-sanctioned racial segregation, learn about local efforts to desegregate schools and the effects of county school board decisions on the community. Educators and activists who lived through the turbulent times will share memories and insights.

February 16: The End of Legally Sanctioned Segregation
This discussion focuses on history in the 1970s and beyond including the Wilmington 10 case and how opportunities in the county changed after passage of Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s. Hear from members of the Wilmington 10, local political leaders and community activists.

February 23: Where to go from here?
The Institute wraps up with a special video presentation of “The Front Lines” with an introduction by the film’s executive producer, Mike Williams. The final panel discussion includes Linda Thompson, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer, and a panel of special guests to discuss the state of the county today and where to go from here.

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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