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President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Journalist David Wilson

April 1, 2014
7:30 PM
Location: School of Law, Appellate Courtroom 283
  • Open to the Public

David WilsonWhen acclaimed journalist David Wilson traced his genealogy to North Carolina, he not only discovered the plantation where his relatives were enslaved, but also a descendent of the slave master: a 62-year-old white man named David Wilson.

In his groundbreaking documentary film, “Meeting David Wilson” (2008), Wilson attempts to illuminate America’s persisting racial divide and struggle to talk about race in United States. A sought-after pundit for news programs from “World News Tonight” to “Today,” Wilson has emerged as a leading voice in the national conversation about race relations in the United States, drawing on history, current events and personal experience to engage audiences and inspire productive dialog – even when we may disagree.

From Newark to New York to North Carolina, Wilson is retraining the public discourse about race and illuminating stories that reflect the Black community. He is the founder and executive editor of theGrio.com, the first and largest video-based news portal dedicated to providing African-Americans the stories that appeal to them but are unavailable and underrepresented in national news outlets.

The University community welcomes you to join the conversation. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

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