North Carolina Student Documentary to Screen at Smithsonian Museum


Two students from Research Triangle High School in Durham will have their documentary, “Black Wall Street: Conflict in Tulsa, Compromise in Durham,” screened in Washington, D.C. next week. The documentary was produced for the National History Day competition by Angelica Dinh and Lucy Grossman. It examines two Black Wall Streets, one in Tulsa, Okla., the other in Durham, and was a finalist at N.C. History Day in April.

The two are among 69 North Carolina students who will go on to the National History Day Competition in College Park, Md., June 10-14. The winning documentary is among a select few to be shown in the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. A special few were chosen by curators for screening Wednesday, June 13, at 4:30 p.m. The students also are invited to a reception at the museum to celebrate their achievement.

About 3,000 middle and high school students from across the country will participate in the National History Day Competition, with projects on the theme “Conflicts and Compromise in History.” Students researched topics and created exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers and websites for the competition.

N.C. History Day is an affiliate of National History Day. NHD is a yearlong academic program that increases historical understanding by encouraging students to do the hands-on work of historians. Sponsors of N.C. History Day in North Carolina are the Office of Archives and History, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies with substantial assistance from the North Caroliniana Society.

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