On March 23, 2017, I gave a speech at Central High School in Memphis, Tennessee. In the speech below, I talked about the lynching of Ell Persons in Memphis, Tennessee on May 22, 1917. The speech was in conjunction with the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis; “a growing network of organizations and congregations of faith in order to acknowledge our shared history of racial violence and our ongoing resolve for racial justice and racial healing.” On May 21, 2017, the Lynching Sites Project will conduct an Interfaith Prayer Ceremony in Commemoration of the Centennial of the Lynching of Ell Persons. The public is invited.
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