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Legacies of Lynching

This panel will explore lynchings in Pennsylvania and efforts by Penn State students to investigate and seek justice in cases of lynching.
by Betsy VanNoy Mar 04, 2019
When Apr 10, 2019
from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where 134 HUB
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This panel will explore lynchings in Pennsylvania and efforts by Penn State students to investigate and seek justice in cases of lynching. It will feature: 

  • Dennis Downey, Emeritus Professor of History at Millersville University and author of Coatesville and the Lynching of Zachariah Walker
  • Awaly Diallo, Penn State junior (Sociology and African American Studies) who worked last summer at Northeastern School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project. 
  • Ben Jones, (moderator), Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
This event will follow up on themes in Bryan Stevenson's lecture at Penn State on March 20. Stevenson is the author of the bestseller Just Mercy and one of the leading voices for civil rights and criminal justice reform today. In his work, Stevenson has called on Americans to confront the history of racial terror and its enduring legacy. One of the most horrific chapters from this history is the lynching of thousands of African Americans. Most see lynchings as a southern practice, but these acts of racial terror also occurred here in Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by the Penn State Department of History, Rock Ethics Institute, and Adult Learner Programs & Services