Lecture by Dr. Kenneth Janken

The Program in African & African American Studies

“Pitt County’s Season of Discontent, 1971: A Killer Cop, Repression in the Schools, and the Limits of Black Protest.”


Dr. Kenneth Janken, Professor of African,  African American and African Diaspora Studies, UNC-UNC-Chapel Hill

Drawing from research conducted in Joyner Library’s Special Collections for his recently published book on the case of the Wilmington 10, Dr. Janken will discuss two overlapping events occurring in Pitt County in 1971–the murder of an African American day laborer, William Murphy by State Trooper Billy Day and the conflict over school desegregation at Ayden-Grifton High School which led to the arrest and incarceration of 11 students.  Dr. Janken’s talk will discuss some of the strategies used by leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to highlight some of the shortcomings of local Black protests during the era of the Wilmington 10.

Co-Sponsors: Harriot College of Arts & Sciences,  Joyner Library, Department