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From students in high school all the way to the president’s desk.’ How a government class fought for the release of unsolved FBI civil rights case files.

Tom Jackman’s article describes the efforts of Hightstown, NJ high school students to get the federal government to release information about 128 “cold” cases of lynchings of black Southerners in the decades after World War II .  “Hightstown High School…

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When a Lynching Memorial Becomes a Photo Opportunity

William C. Anderson’s essay is “A reflection on the commodification of Jim Crow’s violence through public memorials. It’s imperative for those paying respects to understand and interrogate civil rights museums, memorials, and any other commemorations of Black struggles against oppression…

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Howard students wore nooses in the 1930s as part of a protest effort. Now, these UNC students do, too.

 Susan Svrluga describes how a protest against lynching by Howard University students in the 1930s set an example for University of North Carolina protesting the statue on campus known as Silent Sam that honors the Confederacy.  To read the article,…

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Constituting Justice: Ida B. Wells’s Anti-Lynching Campaign, September 12, 2018

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 4:30 pm in the Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Desmond Jagmohan will present the Constitution Day Lecture, “Constituting Justice: Ida B. Wells’s Anti-Lynching Campaign.”  Desmond Jagmohan is an assistant professor in the Department of…

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The Economics of Lynching in Memphis

Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis, Martha Park gives examples of lynchings of African Americans in that city at the end of the nineteenth century, illustrating how “[b]eing too rich or too poor could have fatal consequences…

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