Wilmington 1968

Wilmington 1968 is a community-wide reflection 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Following Dr. King’s death, an emotional public response and demonstrations led to a nine-month occupation of Wilmington, Delaware by the National Guard – the longest occupation of an American city to date. Over the past year, a diverse group of more than 40 individuals representing 19 organizations convened to discuss national and local history preceding and following the events; community responses then and now; and how collective work can improve life for all Wilmingtonians.

For some, 1968 represents an introduction to social justice activism. For others, this period represents lingering trauma that continues to haunt the community. Scholars have collected stories, examined historical documents, digitized artifacts, created educational opportunities, and explored how the past has influenced the present. Throughout 2018 and into the beginning of 2019, we invite the community to learn about local civil rights history, engage in dialogue, and become active participants in shaping Wilmington’s future.

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A Dream Deferred: Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Copeland Room, Delaware History Museum
June 7
A Dream Deferred: Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Copeland Room, Delaware History Museum
June 7
Christina Student Music Recital: #Wilmington1968 Homage
Christina Cultural Arts Center, Inc.
June 10
Christina Student Drama Recital: #Wilmington1968 Homage
Christina Cultural Arts Center, Inc.
June 16
Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement
Delaware Art Museum
June 30 - September 9
Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot
Delaware Art Museum
July 14 - September 30
Hank Willis Thomas Commission (TITLE TBA)
Delaware Art Museum
July 14 - September 30
Wilmington 1968: Share your story!
Delaware Art Museum
July 19 - August 16
Community Forums
Delaware Art Museum
July 26 - August 23
Wilmington 1968: Commissioned Performances
Delaware Art Museum
August 9 - September 16
Beyond I Have A Dream
Delaware Art Museum
August 16
For Freedoms Town Hall: Restorative Schools Issue Campaign
Kingswood Community Center
September 20

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