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The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s

Kenneth Robert Janken


The case of the Wilmington Ten is one of the most egregious instances of injustice and political repression from the post-World War II Black Freedom Struggle. In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina culminated in four days of violence between white vigilantes and black residents. The turmoil resulted in two deaths, six injuries, more than $500,000 in damage, and the firebombing of a white-owned store, before the National Guard restored uneasy peace. Despite glaring irregularities in the subsequent trial, ten young persons were convicted o ... More

Keywords: Wilmington Ten, Black Freedom Struggle, Black nationalism, Black Power, Ben Chavis, Boycott, Judicial misconduct, Prosecutorial misconduct, Racial violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469624839
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Robert Janken, author