This week, we stay with the voice of Bryan Stevenson, founding director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. In excerpts from an interview on PBS in 2016, Stevenson outlines the genesis of EJI’s powerful proposal for a National Lynching Memorial. Images are taken from the concept video, which can be — and should be — viewed in its entirety here.
Now comes Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Atlanta. First published in the New York Review of Books, his essay provides a concise summary of recent research into the history of lynching in America, in turn providing essential background for the ongoing murder of African-American men. Excerpts below, with images from Ken Gonzales-Day’s Erased Lynchings series.
Our title descends from the famous song by Billie Holiday that haunts sanctimonious delusions of American exceptionalism like a death knell: