Wednesday November 10, 2010 | The “Inquisition”November 8, 2010 at 10:26 am | Posted in Coming Up | 24 Comments
In 1968 a few young men at East Mecklenburg High School began publishing a magazine out of a shed in one of their backyards. They called it the Inquisition and those boys made what some folks say is history. The liberal content of the paper – promoting civil rights, opposing the Vietnam War and more – caught the attention, and the ire of much of Charlotte’s authority figures. What happened next became fodder for legend. It was the first case in America where the free press and the first amendment came in conflict with simple zoning laws. Our guests today argue that the court case involving the Inquisition and its editors help blaze a trail for the entire southern underground press movement. We talk with two of the original editors of Inquisition and a writer researching their story.
Suzanne Sink – English Instructor, Author of an essay on the Inquisition story
Lynwood Sawyer – Former Editor/Writer, Inquisition
Russell Schwarz – Former Editor/Writer, Inquisition
- View the last issue of Inquisition (1969). Includes an interview with Jimi Hendrix (one of his last – after his performance at Charlotte’s Coliseum.)
- Read Suzanne Sink’s paper Fueling the Southern Underground Movement: Inquisition v. The City of Charlotte
- See images from various issues of Inquisition