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Wilmington's LIE & The Roots of Voter Suppression

Pulitzer-winning journalist David Zucchino talks about his new book, which chronicles a bloody chapter in North Carolina's racial past.

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Wilmington's LIE & The Roots of Voter Suppression
Wilmington's LIE & The Roots of Voter Suppression

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Feb 20, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

First Baptist Church-West, 1801 Oaklawn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28216, USA

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  • A nation deeply divided along race, class and political party.
  • A white population uneasy with Black gains and shifting demographics.
  • Fake news, politically motivated
  • Leaders eager to exploit racial tensions
  • A frenzy of gun buying

Sounds familiar?

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino when he comes to Charlotte for a community discussion about his new book, "Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy."

"Wilmington's Lie" tells the gripping story of our nation's only successful coup of a duly elected government -- and it happened along the shore in North Carolina when a mob of white supremacists took up arms to overthrow a political coalition made up of poor whites and the former enslaved in the city of Wilmington.

In the process, the mob also destroyed some of the most successful black-owned businesses in the state, scattering black business owners without reparations.

Some say the political tactics used by white supremacists in 1898 echo strongly in today's political climate.

As Charlotte prepares to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, join Zucchino for this community discussion hosted by QCity Metro.

To set the stage, consider attending a pre-event on February 6th hosted by Equitable Communities CLT to discuss the Post Civil War Reconstruction Period “1894 Fusion Movement” Sign up here for pre-event.

Claim your free hardback copy of Wilmington's LIE by David Zucchino at beginning January 23rd at the following regional library: 

Morrison Regional

7015 Morrison Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28211 


6000 Conference Drive Charlotte, NC 28212 

Beatties Ford Road Regional

2412 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28216 

University City Regional 

301 East W.T. Harris Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28262

North County Regional 

16500 Holly Crest Lane Huntersville, NC 28078

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