Protest

How Can Art Motivate Change? How Can Art Hinder Change?

When you think of protests, art is probably not the first thing to come to mind. North Carolina artist Antoine Williams talks about how art has the ability to motivate change and become part of the conversation, but efforts should not end there. This episode was produced by Elena Hernandez. Broadcast from the Working Narratives…

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EEC No Sleep & Power of Design

Design is everything. It has the power to impact us in ways we may not even be aware of. Freelance graphic designer Emma Cooper (EEC No Sleep), of Wilmington, NC discusses the responsibility she feels for using art to create change, the ability to make a living through her art, and the power we hold…

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Sustaining the BLM Movement in Small, Rural Beaufort, NC

Sheresa Elliot, 31, of Beaufort, NC speaks about how her job as a therapist is informing her work as she continues to organize for Black Lives Matter in Beaufort, NC. Elliot had never worked on social justice issues before she organized nearly 500 people for Black Lives Matter protests within her town of about 4,000…

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A City Councilman’s Journey Making Community Through Art

Kevin Spears cares deeply about how his community is represented. Today, Spears is most known for his community organizing and his seat on Wilmington’s City Council. But years before any of that, Spears was organizing poetry events to build community and provide a platform to those around him to use their art.

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A City Councilman’s Journey Making Community Through Art

Protesters Weigh Health Risks of COVID and Civic Responsibility

Angela Colon of Wilmington Advocacy and Protest Organization (WAPO) discusses the how protesters have addressed health risks related to COVID-19.

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Wilmington’s Lowercase Leaders

Lily Nicole and her fellow protesters in Wilmington, North Carolina are getting organized. They started an activist group called the lowercase leaders, and they’ve got a permit to protest on the steps of city hall every day, from 8 in the morning to 9 at night, until June 6th of 2021. Nicole describes how the…

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Complacency, George Floyd, and a Transformation

“I used to not want to offend people. As a pastor, I want to be compassionate. I want to understand both sides, but I’ve found myself in the past few weeks, just really specifically in a clear and concise way, say, this is why I think this is racist.” As the director of Walking Tall…

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Young Activist Speaks Up About Racism and Social Justice Issues

Shecoria Smith, 15, reads an essay she composed about her journey to becoming a young activist. She discusses recent events in the U.S. and her community in coastal North Carolina. Smith talks about what protest means to her, and what she’s doing to contribute to positive future change. Narrated by Emmanuel Ngardinga. Support the show…

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45 Protest Images from Small Towns Along NC Coast

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It’s Time to Take A Stand

This poem is called it’s time to take a stand. And I want people to realize it’s to really think about it and get it deep in your thoughts and really listen to it. It’s time to take a stand. We’re taking a stand. I’m taking a stand. Racism is a social and institutional power…

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