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NCCU Business Screens All the Queen's Horses

Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope Chats with Kenneth Gibbs

NCCU Screens Dixon, Illinois Municipal Fraud Story “All the Queen’s Horses”


DURHAM, N.C.   North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) School of Business hosted a film screening and informal conversation of the film “All the Queen’s Horses.” The film explores the riveting story of Rita Crundwell, former city comptroller and treasurer for Dixon, Illinois who stole more than $53 million of public funds to build a horse-breeding empire. It also discloses how the city is attempting to recover from the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. The film won the HBO Documentaries Spotlight Award for Best Documentary at the Run & Shoot Filmworks Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival.

This film is the debut feature of Richmond Pope. Her first educational documentary, “Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes,” has won numerous national education innovation awards and is used in colleges, universities and corporations throughout the country. Richmond Pope, is also the founder of Helios Digital Learning, an education media company that uses storytelling to teach individuals how to strengthen ethical decision making.

At the conclusion of the screening was a riveting fireside chat facilitated by Kenneth Gibbs of Thomas & Gibbs CPAs, PLLC. In attendance were local community leaders including Micky Michaux, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-first, district Kevin Holloway, retired leader of US Supply Chain at Mansanto and James Speed, retired CEO of NC Mutual.  

Dr. Pope has strong ties to the Durham community as her father, Tyronza Richmond served as NCCU chancellor from 1986-1992.  She fondly recalls her time on campus and reflected during her recent visit that it still feels like home. 


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