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A look back in history at a time of great promise and great disappointment for Black Americans who dreamed of and struggled for the promise of community and full citizenship.

Dreams of Black Wall Street Nia Clark

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A look back in history at a time of great promise and great disappointment for Black Americans who dreamed of and struggled for the promise of community and full citizenship.

    S3 Commemorative Special: 123 Years after the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup D'Etat

    S3 Commemorative Special: 123 Years after the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup D'Etat

    A special episode commemorating the 123rd anniversary of the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup D'Etat with highlights from commemorative events in Wilmington, North Carolina. Listeners will hear from a number of local and elected leaders in Wilmington as well as a member of the "Wilmington 10," Dr. Benjamin Chavis. Chavis returned to the city as a key note speaker at a special ceremony to commemorate the Wilmington Massacre decades after he was wrongfully convicted of conspiracy and arson along with nine other civil rights activists.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    S3 E2 The 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup D'Etat Part 1

    S3 E2 The 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup D'Etat Part 1

    The beginning of a deep dive into the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup D'Etat. The massacre was part of a larger white supremacy campaign organized by Democratic leaders in North Carolina. It resulted in the deaths of potentially hundreds of African Americans who lived in Wilmington's Black community, which is were its thriving Black middle class resided. Property owned by African Americans was destroyed. The city's duly elected multi-racial local government - made up of Blacks and whites - was ousted from office and white supremacists were installed through methods of violence, coercion and fraud. In a period of months, Wilmington went from being North Carolina's largest city that was made up of a majority of African American residents to a majority white city that would see its Black population continue to dwindle and lose much of the wealth it had previously amassed in the coming years. Listeners will hear from Pulitzer Prize-winner, contributing writer for the New York Times and author of Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, David Zucchino.

    • 39 min
    SE03 EP1: Wilmington, North Carolina Before the Insurrection of 1898

    SE03 EP1: Wilmington, North Carolina Before the Insurrection of 1898

    Journalist, podcast host and producer, Nia Clark, revisits often overlooked but important parts of North Carolina's history that have played a significant part in shaping some of the state's most influential African American communities such as Wilmington, Raleigh, James City, Princeville and Durham. Clark also begins a deep dive exploration of the city of Wilmington before the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup d'Etat. Guests on this episode include attorney, legal scholar and author of Jim Crow in North Carolina: The Legislative Program from 1865 to 1920, Richard Paschal, as well as North Carolina Central State University Law Professor Irving Joyner.

    Musical Attribution:


    1. Title: African Moon by John Bartmann. License, disclaimer and copyright information: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

    Link to Music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/John_Bartmann/Public_Domain_Soundtrack_Music_Album_One/african-moon



    2. Title: Window Sparrows by Axletree. Licensed under a Attribution License. License, disclaimer and copyright information: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

    Link to music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Ornamental_EP/Window_Sparrows

    Several musical selections are also provided by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

    • 50 min
    Season 3 Introduction: Durham’s Black Wall Street in the shadows of the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup d’Etat

    Season 3 Introduction: Durham’s Black Wall Street in the shadows of the 1898 Wilmington Insurrection and Coup d’Etat

    Journalist, podcast host and producer, Nia Clark introduces season three: This season will explore several important events and places in North Carolina’s history during the 19th and early 20th century, including two different - once prosperous Black communities that share an interconnected history. The Black community in Wilmington, North Carolina that became the target of the nearly forgotten Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 as well as the early 20th century community of Durham’s Black Wall Street.

    Musical Attribution:


    1. Title: African Moon by John Bartmann. License, disclaimer and copyright information: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

    Link to Music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/John_Bartmann/Public_Domain_Soundtrack_Music_Album_One/african-moon



    2. Title: Window Sparrows by Axletree. Licensed under a Attribution License. License, disclaimer and copyright information: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

    Link to music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Ornamental_EP/Window_Sparrows

    Several musical selections are also provided by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress.

    • 16 min
    Post-Season Black Wall Street Centennial Special + Season 3 Sneak Peak

    Post-Season Black Wall Street Centennial Special + Season 3 Sneak Peak

    Journalist, podcast host and producer, Nia Clark, traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. In this episode, she shares her experience attending many of the centennial commemorative events as well as the people she interviewed and met along the way while visiting Tulsa. Listeners will also hear a sneak peak of Season 3, which will take a deep dive into several important events and places in North Carolina’s history during the 19th and early 20th century, including the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 as well as the early 20th century community of Durham’s Black Wall Street.







    Musical Attribution:


    1. Title: African Moon by John Bartmann. License, disclaimer and copyright information: CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

    Link to Music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/John_Bartmann/Public_Domain_Soundtrack_Music_Album_One/african-moon



    2. Title: Window Sparrows by Axletree. Licensed under a Attribution License. License, disclaimer and copyright information: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

    Link to music: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Ornamental_EP/Window_Sparrows

    • 1 hr 49 min
    E12 Season Finale - Rosewood: 5 Acres of Land

    E12 Season Finale - Rosewood: 5 Acres of Land

    In studying the systemic devaluing of Black life, it is important to understand how Black life is also - and often - devalued even after death. Like victims of other similar racially motivated or violent atrocities, the victims of Rosewood never had the proper burial that is custom in Black communities. This was not uncommon during the era of the Jim Crow South. Efforts are underway to discover where Rosewood Massacre victims are buried and if there is a way to give them the burial they deserved. Retired psychology professor and historian, Dr. Marvin Dunn is among those leading these efforts. While Black people have not lived in Rosewood for years, Dunn has purchased five acres of land in Rosewood “to save the piece of Rosewood for history” so that people can visit Rosewood and walk on that ground without being accused of trespassing.

    While the events leading up to, during and after the Rosewood Massacre have heavily influenced the trajectories of so many involved as well as their descendants, even if that trajectory has been disadvantageous for Rosewood victims, survivors and descendants, it is not fixed. Guest in this episode also include A. Donahue Baker, co-founder, Money Avenue, LLC, who has worked hard to change the economic trajectory of his life and that of his community.

    Musical attributions

    1. Artist/Title: Axletree - Window Sparrows Licenses: Attribution 4.0 International URL: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Axletree/Ornamental_EP/Window_Sparrows

    2. Artist/Title: Lobo Loco - Place on my Bonfire (ID 1170) Licenses: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) URL: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lobo_Loco/Adventure/Place_on_my_Bonfire_ID_1170

    3. Artist/Title: Youssoupha Sidibe - Xaleyi Licenses: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) URL: https://freemusicarchive.org/genre/Country?pageSize=20&page=1&sort=artist&d=1

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

Forgotton King ,

Remarkable Education while being entertained

Nia Clarke has created a masterful work of art that has invaluable content from scholars and first had witnesses. Can not say enough about this work of art! Excited that Season 3 is here and even more excited that I recommended she do a Season on Wilmington and she ended up following suit coincidently or directly. If you are debating on giving this a listen do yourself a favor and dive in.. But be ready for the ride! The amount of first l hand and second hand accounts are fascinating as well as extremely moving. So happy to have stumbled upon this remarkable piece of education during the pandemic. I will be a fan for life!

ginseng.n.juice ,

Wonderful journalism, deep and measured coverage

One of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a looooong time. Early in season 1 the podcast added rich perspective to some stories and timelines that I’d been struggling with for a long time. The podcast offered an amazing addition to my understanding of American history, even though the focus is on Oklahoma - that is masterful storytelling, in my opinion.

D Lee Sayles ,

Awesome

I really enjoyed this podcast. I hope you delve into another predominantly black area wrecked by others. Thank you.

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