Race, Police and Power in Small-Town America

As racial justice demonstrations erupted in large cities last year, civil unrest spread to smaller towns across the country. In North Carolina, Graham became a flashpoint for Black Lives Matter protests as residents of Alamance County voiced grievances over a long history of racial violence, aggressive policing and restrictive laws around protesting. Earlier this year, ProPublica and The News & Observer co-published “Sound of Judgment,” an immersive story and short documentary that examines police accountability, Black social movements and white power radicalization.

To shed light on these issues, ProPublica and The News & Observer convened activists, local journalists and a historian for a timely discussion on race, policing and power.

Featured speakers include:
• Dawn Blagrove, executive director, Emancipate North Carolina
• Scott Reynolds Nelson, history professor, University of Georgia
• Ebony Pinnix, local Black Lives Matter activist
• Julia Wall, video journalist, The News & Observer
• Carli Brosseau, reporter, The News & Observer (moderator)

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