People’s History Series Lecture to Explore the Forgotten Jazz Roots of Wilmington

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Several UNCW departments are partnering to present “A People's History of Wilmington,” a virtual discussion series exploring past racial injustice issues in Wilmington.

Curated by the Third Person Project, the series continues on Thursday, April 8 with “Cape Fear Rag: The Forgotten Jazz Roots of Wilmington” with Larry Reni Thomas. 

Wilmington native Thomas is a veteran jazz writer and radio announcer. During his extensive career, he has worked at radio stations WHQR-FM, WNCU-FM and WCOM-FM, where he is presently host of “Sunday Night Jazz.” His 1993 book, The True Story of the Wilmington 10, is a historical account of the events that led to the week-long incident of racial violence in 1971.

Thomas’ presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. Additional lectures in the series include “On the Record: Recovering the First Black Daily in the South” on April 15 and “Voices from the Ashes: Black Wilmington Culture of the Early 20th Century” on April 22.

Presentations are free and open to all. Additional details and registration information may be found here.

-- Caroline Cropp