Join us for a virtual #Juneteenth celebration as we honor those who have resisted injustice and take a look at where we go from here. Frank Stasio of @thestateofthings and Leoneda Inge co-host a community conversation and listening party alongside Danielle Purifoy and Alysia Harris of @scalawagmagazine with special guests on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30pm. Learn more and RSVP at wunc.org.
As we witness and report on this latest unrest and beyond, WUNC is committed to bringing you a deeper understanding of these issues facing our state. Please visit wunc.org to read WUNC President & General Manager Connie Walker's full statement.
A public memorial for George Floyd took place Saturday, June 6 at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination in Raeford, N.C. 📸 @katemedley for @915wunc
Greensboro resident Candace Clapp heads toward the Greensboro protest for George Flyod with sage and sign in hand. 📸 @lauraplive, @915wunc Protester shake hands and fist bump Raleigh police officers during a rally on Tuesday night to protest the death of George Floyd and violence against black Americans. 📸 @katemedley for @915wunc Protesters hold handmade signs while gathering in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday night to protest the death of George Floyd and violence against black Americans. 📸 @katemedley for @915wunc For more on Tuesday night’s protests in North Carolina, visit WUNC.org.
Volunteers work to clean up and repair damage in downtown Raleigh, N.C., after a night of angry clashes between police and protestors left much of Downtown Raleigh damaged on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Two people walk past a now unrecognizable coffee shop called The Morning Times in downtown Raleigh, N.C. after a night of angry clashes between police and protestors left much of Downtown Raleigh damaged on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Volunteers work to clean up and repair damage at Bittersweet, a popular bar in downtown Raleigh, N.C. after a night of angry clashes between police and protestors left much of Downtown Raleigh damaged on Sunday, May 31, 2020. 📸: @bdmckeown / for @915wunc
More than 1,000 protesters walked through downtown Raleigh Saturday evening to denounce the death of #GeorgeFloyd in Minneapolis. Some carried signs that said I can't breathe and Racism is not patriotism. Others chanted No justice, No peace. It was one of several protests across North Carolina and dozens around the country in response to the death Monday of Floyd, who was black. His arrest was caught on camera and he could be heard saying I can't breathe while a white officer, Derek Chauvin, held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Protests in Raleigh started peacefully Saturday but by 8 p.m. police had fired tear gas to disperse the crowd, following tense interactions. Protesters could be seen throwing bricks through windows. Tensions escalated further after 8:30, as police in riot gear advanced to further remove protestors. Fayetteville Street was the focus of most of the vandalism with multiple buildings along the street having windows broken out. 📷 by @peytonsickles | For WUNC
Summer for many families in North Carolina is filled with beach weekends, getaways to the mountains, bountiful produce and other fun in the sun. But how much of that will be possible this season with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Public radio stations across North Carolina joined forces to look into summer 2020 for “Our Pandemic Summer: A Statewide Special.” Tune in today at noon on WUNC to listen.
Like many of you, WUNC producer Elizabeth Friend and her daughter Zaida (pictured) have been out for nature walks as respite during the COVID-19 lockdown. And they’ve seen signs of coyote activity – more than usual – along the way near their home. What animals and insects have you noticed since North Carolina implemented the order to stay at home? Have you seen them before? Are they behaving differently? We’d love to hear your stories and see your photos of animal neighbors during the pandemic. Tag us in your posts or send a note to email@example.com
Guilford County Emergency Management Coordinators Conor Bake (left), Taylor Jones and Catherine Hughes listen to a webinar presented by Division Director Don Campbell from his office in Greensboro during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, May 14. North Carolina is no stranger to emergencies. When severe weather moves in — be it an ice storm or hurricane — there's a predictable path, an event that's relatively short, and a recovery that's pre-planned based on years of experience. This is different. A stealth raider moves across the state in invisible waves. And for the first time, all of North Carolina is under a federal state of emergency as a global pandemic takes root. The state has recorded more than 19,400 cases (as of Tuesday May 19) and the virus has spread across all 100 of the state's counties. There have been 682 deaths from COVID-19, according to DHHS figures. And yet the adage that all disasters begin and end at the local level remains true. Different outbreaks have led to different responses. It's not about urban or rural, large or small, it's about the challenges that each county faces when trying to keep COVID-19 at bay. 📷: Scott Muthersbaugh / Guilford County Emergency Services