"Before Rosewood. Before Tulsa. There was Wilmington."
Speller Street Films L.L.C. will host two public screenings of “Wilmington on Fire,” a documentary about the 1898 Wilmington Massacre in Wilmington, NC at 1pm and 4pm on June 18, 2016 at Williston Middle School Auditorium, 401 S 10th St, Wilmington, NC 28401.
The Wilmington Massacre was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a coup d'état in the United States that left countless numbers of African-American citizens dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the white supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. “Wilmington on Fire” gives a compelling historical and present day look at this event showing how the violent overthrow of an existing government not only cemented white supremacy in the city of Wilmington and the state of North Carolina but also throughout the United States of America.
Speller Street Films L.L.C. is also working with The Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC in Wilmington and will have a table at the screening from 12:30pm - 4pm. The Food Bank in Wilmington is working to support families who are food insecure during the summer months when children are home and out of school, having no access to free school lunches. Attendees are asked to please bring can goods or monetary donations to contribute to The Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC in Wilmington.
A percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales to benefit Williston Middle School students. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.wofwilmington.eventbrite.com or at the door on the day of the event. There will also be "Wilmington on Fire" merchandise for purchase at the event.
For more info, contact Speller Street Films L.L.C. at firstname.lastname@example.org.