BRISTOL, R.I. – In April 2008, journalist and filmmaker David Wilson reignited a national dialog on today’s race issues by releasing a groundbreaking documentary film, “Meeting David Wilson.” The film followed his journey to North Carolina where 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 also named David Wilson.
On Tuesday, April 1, members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Wilson, learn more about his transformative journey and discuss America’s racial divide as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series.
A prolific writer, Richard Blanco’s poetry explores the intersections of his identity as a Cuban-American and openly gay poet and engineer whose journey has taken him from the shores of Miami to the foothills of rural Maine to the White House, where he became the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant and gay writer in U.S. history to serve as the inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. His poem, “One Today,” was written specifically for the occasion and reflects Blanco’s understanding of what it means to be an American and together.
History lauds the men who fought to forge America’s identity as a democratic society, but little is written about the bold and brilliant women who worked beside them under dire circumstances. From the hearthside to the front lines, the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters of the Founding Fathers were enterprising and unyielding in their efforts to support the Revolution – from running farms and businesses to raising money for troops and fighting alongside them in battle. Why, then, do the Founding Fathers get all the credit?
When 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.