House Speaker Thom Tillis along with Forsyth Co. Rep. Earline Parmon host a Charlotte town hall on eugenics Wednesday evening.
The meeting comes less than a week after the Eugenics Compensation Task Force submitted its final report to the Governor’s office, recommending paying $50,000 to each living victim of the forced sterilization program.
The figure is to be used as a baseline for the Governor and legislators to consider during the short session in May.
Charmaine Fuller Cooper with the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation says in addition to the financial compensation, the state must set aside funds for more aggressive outreach to identify the victims, as well as both permanent and traveling exhibits to educate the public about the defunct program.
Wednesday’s meeting is being held in Charlotte because Mecklenburg County sterilized more people than any other county in North Carolina.
The town hall, which is open to the public and interested media, will get underway at 6:00 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
To hear Charmaine Fuller Cooper discuss the need for continued public education about the forced sterilization program, as well as her concerns that such a tragedy could happen again, click below: