The State of Eugenics: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, January 12, 5:00PM
Porter Byrum Welcome Center
1834 Wake Forward Road
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For much of the 20th century, eugenics was a widely-accepted practice in the U.S., endorsed by the Supreme Court in the 1927 Buck v. Bell decision. Thirty states sterilized citizens with the aim of reducing poverty and getting rid of “the unfit.” North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women and children between 1933 and 1974. The State of Eugenics follows the journey of survivors, legislators, and journalists working together to obtain compensation for the survivors of these injustices.
Following the screening, Professor Melissa Harris-Perry will moderate a panel comprising the film’s director/producer Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, former chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Compensation Dr. Laura Gerald, Winston-Salem Journal editorial-page editor John Railey, journalist Tommy Tomlinson, and former N.C. Representative Larry Womble.