About the Documentary "Meeting David Wilson"

David A. Wilson wrote, co-directed and was the subject of the award-winning documentary film "Meeting David Wilson," which chronicled his journey through his family's past to find answers to America's racial divide. David learned of a plantation in North Carolina where his family was once enslaved, and subsequently discovered that the plantation is owned today by a 62-year-old white man -- also named David Wilson -- who is a direct descendant of his family's former enslavers.  This leads to a momentous encounter between these two men who share the same name, but whose ancestors were on the opposite sides of freedom, when they engage in a difficult yet candid exchange about race in America.

How to Talk About Race Without Starting A Riot - About the Program

From Donald Trump, the Alt-Right and Charlottesville to Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner and Sandra Bland to the Flint water crisis; race continues to be center stage of our national dialogue. Yet for all the discussions we have had through the years, decades, and even centuries, nothing ever seems resolved and we feel as though we are becoming more divided. As founder and Executive Editor of theGrio.com, one of the largest and most influential African-American news portals that attracts 3 million unique visitors a month, David has been on the front lines of covering all of these stories and debates. His personal and professional experience gives him insight into where the discussion traditionally breaks down and how we can reconcile our differences.

In his interactive, lecture-film program, David uses pivotal moments from the film, including his conversations with the white David Wilson, which he offers as a blueprint for how Americans can engage each other with civility and respect and find common ground when discussing one of the nation’s most divisive topics. Wilson reflects on how his journey altered his view of those who overcame slavery and discrimination, who went from victims to victors, and how this outlook can help reverse the downward spiral of the Black community.  He initiates a discussion with the audience about the state of race relations today, how we got here -- both literally and figuratively, where we’re headed and, more importantly, how we can all play a part in the solution.

Film Trailer "Meeting David Wilson"

The documentary film about the journalist's journey to find answers to America's Racial Divide

David A. Wilson on ABC News Hour

About the documentary film "Meeting David Wilson"

"Meeting DAVID WILSON" trailer for film shown with "HOW TO TALK ABOUT RACE WITHOUT STARTING A RIOT," on race relations & being a part of the solution

David A. Wilson, Journalist and Founder of theGrio.com, presents his MSNBC award-winning documentary in his lecture/film/conversation event.

“It was my good fortune to hear David Wilson present “How to Talk About Race” at the 2016 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE). He has a story to tell and does so with great oratorical skill. Within a nation where talk of race is deferred indefinitely, or when addressed is a volatile matter, David has a voice that is urgent but not loud. His program provides the tools for us to have the critical dialogue which most often remains illusive, but is essential for us to have.”

Jim Washington, Director of Admissions for Strategic Initiatives, Dartmouth College

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