Dr. David Cecelski Historian | Author

Lana Garland Film Director | Writer | Producer


February 18, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Mike Wiley and historian David Cecelski will have a broad-ranging discussion on David’s lifetime of scholarship and writing on race and history in eastern North Carolina. They’ll focus especially on David’s recent essay, “Summer of the Red Shirts,” which tells the story of the 1900 white supremacy movement and disfranchisement campaign that may well have shaped the nature of systemic racism in North Carolina today more than any other moment in the state’s history.

You can find his essay “Summer of the Red Shirts” and other recent historical work by David Cecelski at www.davidcecelski.com.


Dr. David Cecelski

Dr. David Cecelski is the author of several books and more than 700 articles on race, culture and history in eastern North Carolina. Among his books are The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War and The Waterman’s Song: Slavery and Freedom in Maritime North Carolina. With Tim Tyson, he also edited Democracy Betrayed: the Wilmington Race Riot of 1898 and Its Legacy.


Lana Garland

Lana Garland has worked as a Creative Director, Director, and Writer/Producer in television and film in the US and Europe. Her work has included content for HBO, BET, and ESPN in America, and TV2 in Denmark. In documentary film, she has worked on films such as Bowling For ColumbineStolen Moments: Red Hot+ Cool, and Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. Her short films include Rapture and AfterLife, starring Tamara Tunie. Lana is an NATPE Fellow, a NAMIC ELDP Fellow, a Gordon Parks IFP screenwriting finalist, a Worldfest Houston finalist, and a Telly Award winner. She is the recipient of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award and a Filmmaking Grant from the Southern Documentary Fund for her project on African American washerwomen. Her company, Insibah Media, is based in Durham, North Carolina and creates documentaries, webseries, and marketing videos for the Internet and broadcast/cable TV.

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Pre-session Recommended Reading

Two of his books, The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War and Democracy Betrayed, are available from McIntyre’s Books.

Dr. Cecelski’s essay, Summer of the Red Shirts, is available.