An Honest Conversation That Cannot Be Avoided

LynchingToday, celebrates the grand opening of Equal Justice Initiative‘s National Memorial and Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. It is a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol, dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy. Below is a re-post of EJI’s recent release Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror.

During the period between the Civil War and World War II, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States. Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials. These lynchings were terrorism. “Terror lynchings” peaked between 1880 and 1940 and claimed the lives of African American men, women, and children who were forced to endure the fear, humiliation, and barbarity of this widespread phenomenon unaided. Continue reading “An Honest Conversation That Cannot Be Avoided”

A Knowledge Gap

StevensonFrom Christina Gregg in an article entitled “Bryan Stevenson: America’s failure to deal with history of slavery and Jim Crow has manifested” reposted from

As a white nationalist says President Trump incited him to shove a black female protester at a campaign rally last March, a new museum in Montgomery, Alabama aims to advance truth and reconciliation while addressing the often unspoken reality of racial horror in America.

Burning black people alive, hanging them, mutilating their bodies — the graphic history of U.S. racial violence is a shameful and difficult thing to confront, says Equal Justice Initiative founder and executive director Bryan Stevenson, adding racially-driven hatred present today is “a manifestation of our failure to deal effectively” with that past. Continue reading “A Knowledge Gap”