For much of the 20th century, eugenics was a widely-accepted practice in the United States, endorsed by the Supreme Court in the 1927 Buck v. Bell decision. North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women, and children between 1933 and 1974. The state targeted people of color, the poor and disabled and stole their right to reproduce right up until the 1970s. The documentary “˜The State of Eugenics” follows the journey of survivors, legislators, and journalists working together to obtain compensation for the survivors of these injustices.
Following the screening, we will host a panel discussion featuring the film’s Director/Producer Dawn Sinclair Shapiro, former state legislator Larry Womble, former chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Sterilization Compensation Dr. Laura Gerald, Winston-Salem Journal editorial-page editor John Railey and journalist Tommy Tomlinson. The Anna Julia Cooper Center’s Director and Founder Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry will moderate the discussion at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest University at 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2017.