A Lynching that Cuts to the Heart

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This sermon was delivered by Rev. Luke Hansen, S.J. on May 3, 2020, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, at Bellarmine Chapel, Cincinnati. The liturgy was livestream and is available here.

Lectionary readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10

In early March, before the world changed, I traveled to Alabama with a group of Xavier University students. We were on a “civil rights immersion,” visiting Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery.

In Montgomery, the Equal Justice Initiative has built a memorial for the victims of lynching and a legacy museum that tells the story of racial violence, from slavery to mass incarceration. Continue reading “A Lynching that Cuts to the Heart”

An Honest Conversation That Cannot Be Avoided

LynchingToday, RadicalDiscipleship.net 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”