George H. White: Searching for Freedom

Thursday June 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

PBS North Carolina proudly presents:
George H. White: Searching for Freedom
Virtual Preview Screening & Conversation

Thursday, June 9th

This special event begins with a screening of the locally written, directed and produced documentary about George Henry White. The film, George Henry White: Searching for Freedom examines the Bladen County-born African American leader who took local politics by storm in the Reconstruction era.

Following the screening, PBS North Carolina’s Deborah Holt Noel, senior producer/host of Black Issues Forum and NC Weekend, will lead a discussion with local historians. You are invited to be part of the conversation by entering your questions for the panelists in the virtual chat feature.

Click here to watch the trailer!

Virtual Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, June 9, at 7 PM (ET)
  • Preview Screening & Virtual Panel Discussion
  • Discussion topic: the life and legacy of George H. White
  • Location: From the convenience of your laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device


  • Deborah Holt Noel, senior producer/host, Black Issues Forum


  • Mike O’Connell, writer/director, George H. White: Searching for Freedom
  • Dr. Crystal R. Sanders, author/historian
  • Earl Ijames, curator, NC Museum of History
  • Ben Justesen, author/journalist/historian

This a FREE virtual event but registration is required. The link to join the virtual event can be found in your Eventbrite registration confirmation email and you will receive email reminders from Eventbrite containing the event link and additional information about joining the event.


Questions about registration or the event? Contact Karen Nowak at

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More about the film:

George Henry White: Searching for Freedom explores the inspiring life and enduring legacy of one of the most significant African American leaders of the Reconstruction Era. Born in 1852 in Eastern North Carolina to a family of turpentine farmers, White rose through the ranks of state politics to serve in the 55th US Congress from 1887 to 1901 as its sole Black voice. Narrated by jazz singer Nnenna Freelon and featuring remarks by former President Barack Obama, historians Crystal R. Sanders, Ben Justesen and Earl Ijames and educator Stedman Graham, the documentary offers insight into White’s groundbreaking accomplishments as a politician and civil rights leader.

When and Where to Watch:

George H. White: Searching for Freedom premieres Tuesday, June 14, at 8 PM, on PBS NC. Watch or stream any time at or on the PBS Video App.