Members Of Wilmington 10 Still Looking For Apology

It's been 40 years since the violence that led to the imprisonment of the Wilmington 10, and its surviving members are looking back.

The seven living members gathered in Chapel Hill this week to reflect.

Forty years ago on Sunday, a white-owned grocery store was burned down after a black teenager was shot and killed by a police officer.

Ten activists were convicted of the arson in 1972 and jailed until being set free in 1980. The incident came during a period of racial strife in Wilmington, when black students were boycotting county schools.

Ben Chavis, who later became the national leader of the NAACP, was one of the 10. He says it's time for a formal apology from the state of North Carolina.

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  • by me Location: here on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    @wait a minute- i 2nd that!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    the jewish people are still looking for that apology from the Egyptians
  • by wait a minute on Feb 8, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    To Kinston and Get this straight: Don't you DARE say that blacks are not civilized like whites. You can't call the entire race uncivilized for the actions of a segment of people. How civilized is putting on a sheet and burning crosses and lynching people? (Also, the slaves were looked after to "some extent" because the owners paid good money for them? PLAH-EEZE I'm not even sure how slavery got into this discussion..)
  • by kinston on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Posted by: Get This Straight on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM you said it! THEY can do whatever they want and expect to get away with it! Racial tensions still run high BECAUSE they expect the whole world to bow and kiss their as***. What about the Jews (white people), you dont hear them still ranting and raving and they WERE KILLED by the thousands, men, women and for Gods sake BABIES!!!! The slaves here were looked after to some extent, otherwise why in the heck are you gonna pay good money on something and not look after it???!!! PLEASE GIVE MA A BREAK!
  • by bill Location: GNVL on Feb 6, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    The naacp will come and stand up for them. Just like they did at Duke. You need to move on.
  • by just-wait Location: ENC on Feb 6, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    Don't worry Beverly will apologize for us all. Oh, and appoint the surviving 7 to state jobs, like she did for sorry Bob Ethridge.
  • by Bubba Location: NC on Feb 6, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    Waa! Waa! Waa! Give me a break>
  • by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM
    The state needs to apologies for letting them go to soon.
  • by You go first Location: Choco on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    Have they apologized for burning the store down?
  • by jamal Location: Fairfield on Feb 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    WOW!!... WOW!! .... I cannot beleive they want an apology for doing wrong.
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