David A. Wilson is a journalist and the founder of theGrio.com, one of the largest and most influential African-American news portals.

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: Ending White Insecurity To Allow For An Equitable Society

About the Program - An Lecture, Film & Conversation

From Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor to Donald Trump, reparations and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, race continues to remain at the center of our national dialogue. Yet for all the discussions we have had thoughout recent history, nothing ever seems resolved. As founder and former Executive Editor of theGrio.com, one of the largest and most influential African-American news portals that attracts 5 million unique visitors a month, David has been on the frontline 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 the lecture, David shows 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 when discussing the nation's most complicated topic. David redefines white superiority as white insecurity and discusses why this is the principle prohibitive factor in achieving racial equality in America. He also highlights how many of the historical and modern achievements of Black Americans have often been thwarted and reversed by white fear. David talks about the true intentions of Black America and what White America stands to gain by overcoming their insecurity and making room for a more free and fair society. 


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"

“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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