The Goldsboro-Wayne branch of the NAACP will host a showing of “Wilmington On Fire,” a documentary on the Wilmington massacre of 1898 that became the springboard of white supremacy and Jim Crow segregation in the South, on July 30.
The NAACP offered a viewing of the film in May, but multiple requests from the public resulted in the NAACP hosting another showing of the film, said Pat Ford, a member of the NAACP board.
The event, “What’s In A Name: History of Charles B. Aycock’s Involvement in Black Voter Suppression,” is open to the public at no cost on July 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wayne County Public Library, 1001 E. Ash St.
The documentary chronicles the events of the Wilmington massacre, a bloody attack on Blacks by a white mob with the support of the Democratic Party that took place in the port city of Wilmington on Nov. 10, 1898.
By force, a white mob seized the reins of government, set fire to a Black-owned newspaper and terrorized the Black community, according to the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
The documentary features Sean Palmer, director of the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Upperman African American Cultural Center, and local activists the Rev. John J. Kirkpatrick IV and Dominique Ashely.
The event is being offered as part of the mission of the local NAACP branch that seeks to address the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination.