The most difficult part of tragedy is, arguably, the aftermath. Coping takes different forms, music, artwork, writing, dialogues, and many others. Each is equally valid, yet nuances in these expressions can create confusion as to what life post-tragedy truly entails. Historian Kidada E. Williams calls for scholars to further investigate analyze the expressions of experiences […]Read more "Emotional Trauma in the Jim Crow South: Truth in Fiction Through Richard Wright’s ‘Uncle Tom’s Children’"
Like many of my classmates, I vividly remember the first time I heard “Strange Fruit.” I was in seventh grade, and it was at a school assembly in which students reenacted pivotal moments from the Civil Rights Movement (my school at the time was primarily black and went all the way up to twelfth grade). […]Read more "The Legacy of Strange Fruit"
“Some may ask, why bring up ‘the past’ and these atrocities now?…we should bring these events up so we can face our collective past in order to see how it might affect the present and future.” –The Mary Turner Project Lynching is a difficult, painful topic from U.S. history that does not often find its […]Read more "Addressing the Legacy of Lynching: The Mary Turner Project"
Southern trees bear a strange fruit Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees – “Strange Fruit”  The first time I heard “Strange Fruit”, a song popularized by legendary jazz songstress Billie Holiday, I was transfixed. Lulled by the […]Read more "Strange Resistance"
Without a doubt, lynching in the United States is one of the dirtiest stains, if not the single dirtiest, in our nation’s history. Perhaps it even outdoes years of disenfranchisement, internment camps, and the institution of slavery itself. The culture of lynch mobs that was prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was […]Read more "Vigilante Injustice"
Lynching in American history is often thought of as a phenomenon of the past, entrenched in the Civil Rights movement of the South. Although this is partially correct, both academics and the public need to expand the way we think of this difficult subject. There are far-reaching repercussions from these events that happened throughout time […]Read more "Rethinking Lynching in American History"
As an emerging museum professional, I am always glad when museums and arts organizations are able to continue the learning process after a program is complete. I like being able to go to a film or an exhibit or a lecture and follow it up with a resource that leads me to more information on that […]Read more "Learning more about Jim Crow"
This week our class looked at lynching in the United States. Not an easy topic to grapple with. We read Langston Hughes’s story Father and Son for class. In it the half white half black son of the white plantation owner kills himself rather than letting the white mob lynch him. Thinking about how the […]Read more "Resistance?"
In the summer of 1900, three years before the publication of The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois traveled to France to participate in the Paris Exposition Universelle. At the time, he was deep into his pathbreaking Atlanta University Studies of black social life in the United States. Drawing on this work, Du Bois […]Read more "Du Bois in Paris: Challenging Stereotypes with Images and Objects"
Last week’s discussion about how to tell the history of lynching in museums was a difficult one for me to conceptualize. I must admit, I could not even look through the grotesque exhibition content on the Without Sanctuary website because it upsets me to have to witness this tragic part of African American history. In fact, I have […]Read more "Presenting the History of Lynching in Museums"