Last weekend I saw the documentary “Wilmington On Fire,” a feature-length film that offers a historical and present-day look at the 1898 Wilmington Massacre that occurred right here in North Carolina. Sadly, this disgraceful chapter in American history has not been widely told.
The bloody attack by a white mob in the port city of Wilmington left scores of prosperous African Americans dead. Others fled the city and never returned, leaving behind homes, property and thriving businesses.
Historians say the massacre was the springboard that launched the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the South. It’s also considered the only examples in the United States where an elected government was violently overthrown.
The sold-out screening I attended was hosted by filmmaker Christopher Everett. What an educational evening and panel session for the community. Great way to kick off Black History Month.
Be sure to stay in the loop this month for other Black History events.
Best of luck to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and Keep on Pounding!
Now for my weekend picks.
Paint Party at Red Clay Ciderworks ~ Looking for something new? Why not try painting your own glass creation? Choose from four designs while enjoying a glass or two of wine. No painting experience necessary. Red Clay Ciderworks is at 245 Clanton Rd. Class time, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Cost, $30 per person. More info: http://www.drinkablearts.com/event/3222/paint-party-at-red-clay-ciderworks-charlotte-nc
Stanley Clarke ~ This Grammy Award-winning jazz artist is coming to Knight Theater in uptown Charlotte. Clarke is known for his innovative and influential work on the double bass and electric bass. Tickets are moving fast. Time, 8 p.m. Cost, $45-$75. More info: http://carolinatix.org/events/detail/an-evening-with-stanley-clarke-1
Big game on the big screen ~ If you haven’t found a place to watch the Super Bowl, consider heading to Carolina Cinema (9630 Monroe Rd). Pre- Game fun starts at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and the theater will provide special Super Bowl menu items for purchase. More info: http://www.carolinacinemas.com/charlotte/
For more Charlotte-area events, visit www.qcity2021.flywheelstaging.com/events-entertainment.