This guide was created for the Journalism Department's Civil Wrongs course. The course will investigate unsolved and unresolved murders of the civil rights era, lynchings, and racial massacres and analyze their enduring effects.
The Lynching Sites Project is part of a growing network of people who want the whole and accurate truth to be told about the history of Shelby County. They believe that we can heal and grow in understanding when we face openly the history of racial violence in the community. In this work, they join with the national effort of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative to memorialize over 4,000 known lynchings in the United States between 1877 and 1950.
Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.
After the Burning: The Economic Effects of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Alex Albright, et. al.Abstract: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre resulted in the looting, burning, and leveling of 35 square blocks of a once-thriving Black
neighborhood. Not only did this lead to severe economic loss, but the
massacre also sent a warning to Black individuals across the country
that similar events were possible in their communities. We examine the
economic consequences of the massacre for Black populations in Tulsa
and across the United States. We find that for the Black population of
Tulsa, in the two decades that followed, the massacre led to declines
in home ownership and occupational status. Outside of Tulsa, we
find that the massacre also reduced home ownership. These effects
were strongest in communities that were more exposed to newspaper
coverage of the massacre or communities that, like Tulsa, had high
levels of racial segregation. Examining effects after 1940, we find that
the direct negative effects of the massacre on the home ownership
of Black Tulsans, as well as the spillover effects working through
newspaper coverage, persist and actually widen in the second half of
the 20th Century
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