“Wilmington’s Lie”: The Roots of Voter Suppression

Thursday, February 20, 2020
• 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.