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The documentary recounts the turbulent history surrounding the troubled desegregation of New Hanover County Public School System in North Carolina during the late 1960s through 1971, and the violence that led up to the false prosecution and convictions of eight black male students, a white female community organizer, and fiery civil rights activist, Rev. Benjamin Chavis, for protesting racial injustice.
The case of the Wilmington Ten made national and international headlines, resulting in a huge national, and even international movement to free them after Amnesty International formally declared them “political prisoners.”
Following the screening: A discussion lead by Irv Joyner, Professor of Law at NCCU, and Cash Michaels, the award winning journalist who produced, wrote and directed this documentary.
Sponsored by: CH/CARRBORO NAACP; Orange Organizing Against Racism Alliance; Justice In Action Committee of Town of Chapel Hill