Race


A mob of white supremacists murdered dozens of Black locals and ran Black leaders out of town in 1898 during the Wilmington Massacre. Here the mob stands outside the ruins of Wilmington's Daily Record, the only Black-owned paper in the state. (Public Domain Image)
North Carolina’s Wilmington Massacre and Trump’s Insurrection Really Aren’t So Different

Madmen, mobsters, and racists took NC to a dark place 123 years ago. I fear Trump-backed insurrectionists would lead us to a similar hell.

This Associated Press file photo show a group of Lumbee Native Americans in Maxton in front of a crude cross they captured during a gun battle with members of the Ku Klux Klan in 1958. (Photo via AP Photo)
History Made Here: A Guide to 7 of NC’s Lesser Known Civil Rights Sites

From schools where segregation was challenged to early sit-ins, visit these spots to explore North Carolina’s proud civil rights history.

“Our Kind of People” promises intrigue, drama, and a delicious frisson between the classes. The title refers to the book “Our Kind of People: Inside America's Black Upper Class,” by Lawrence Otis Graham. When it debuted in 1999, the book pulled the curtain back on the insular society of old, African-American, monied families and their privileges – as numerous as their rules about who could belong and who couldn’t. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for FOX)
Wilmington is the Backdrop for the Black Elite on Fox Drama ‘Our Kind of People’

Iconic landmarks help Wilmington, North Carolina stand in for Martha’s Vineyard in Fox's new soapy, sexy drama.

A protester kneels in the street during protests of George Floyd's death in May 2020 in Charlotte. (Photo for Cardinal & Pine by Grant Baldwin).
NC’s Poet Laureate Makes Art From Difficult Times

How turbulent times and the racial justice movement have informed one of North Carolina's most decorated poets, Jaki Shelton Green.

One of North Carolina's most influential figures, Pauli Murray still doesn't get her due for her part in combatting racial injustice, homophobia, and sexism. A new Amazon Prime Video doc about Murray, who grew up in Durham, premiers this weekend in the Bull City. (Image via Pauli Murray Center)
Pauli Murray: The North Carolina Hero Too Few Know About

A documentary about North Carolina civil rights trailblazer Pauli Murray will premier this weekend in Durham before being released to a national audience. 

A family at the Seabreeze  resort near Wilmington. North Carolina's coast offered a few resort destinations for Black families in the era of segregation. (Fair use image)
When Luxury Was a Luxury: The Rise and Fall of North Carolina’s First All-Black Resort

History rarely makes a place for Black leisure in the era of segregation. But North Carolina's coast was once a destination for middle-class Black people.

The Trailbred Riderz, one of North Carolina's Black saddle clubs, are continuing the traditions of oft-overlooked Black cowboys and cowgirls. (Photo by Amber Thompson)
‘A Little More Fashion, a Bit More Culture’: A Roundup of Rides with North Carolina’s Black Cowboy Clubs

Inside NC’s Black saddle clubs, the cowboys and cowgirls continuing their traditions with trail rides and horseback events this summer.