WRAL presents an unprecedented two-hour community conversation about the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community, on TV, web and social media
Tuesday, Dec. 13
“WRAL Documentary: Black and Blue” on WRAL-TV at 7 p.m.
“Beyond Black and Blue” streamed on wraldocumentary.com at 7:30 p.m.
Community conversation at #BlackandBlueNC
Black men shot by police. Ambush style killings of law enforcement. Riots and protests. As the serious tension between law enforcement and the African American community builds in North Carolina and around the country, WRAL presents an unprecedented two-hour community conversation on TV, web and social media Tuesday, Dec. 13.
The new WRAL documentary, “Black and Blue,” focuses on the relationship between police departments and African American communities in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville. Police shootings in those three cities have exposed a deep mistrust of police by African American citizens. A renewed focus on community policing is designed to ease that mistrust, but is it working? “Black and Blue,” hosted by WRAL News anchor Gerald Owens, airs commercial-free on WRAL-TV at 7 p.m.
Immediately after the documentary airs, the conversation moves online. WRAL invited community leader and speaker Tru Pettigrew to moderate a critical conversation about race with law enforcement, faith leaders, and members of the black community. “Beyond Black and Blue” will be streamed on wraldocumentary.com at 7:30 p.m.
Watch, listen, and join this critical dialogue towards reconciliation on Facebook and Twitter using #BlackandBlueNC. Follow @WRALDoc and facebook.com/WRALdoc.
“This is a complex topic that deserves meaningful and ongoing action and dialogue beyond news coverage of the shootings,” says station Vice President and General Manager, Steven D. Hammel. “WRAL is committed to providing it using every path we have into the community. Fostering reconciliation takes building trust and relationships with the communities we serve.”
Statewide Broadcast Schedule
- WRAL-TV/Raleigh – Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m.
- WILM-TV/Wilmington – Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m.
- WRAZ-TV/Durham – Saturday, December 17 at 5 p.m.
- Preview the documentary: WRAL Documentary: Black and Blue
- “Black and Blue” documentary livestream – Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
- “Beyond Black and Blue” community forum livestream – Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
- Exclusive, bonus digital content will be available on-demand after the television premiere.
WRAL Documentary is one of the only dedicated documentary units in local TV. Its mission is to provide in-depth coverage of topics and issues relevant to North Carolinians.
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story.