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10 Reasons the History of Lynching Matters in Maine

  On Monday, the Bangor Daily News published this piece on the home page of their website: http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/23/the-point/10-reasons-the-history-of-lynching-matters-in-maine/

Writer, Students to Present Conversation About Lynching

The upcoming presentation on February 5 is on the Bangor Daily News’ app and website. The Arkansas Humanities Council used Facebook to tout the far reaching impact of their grant, which funded our 2013 presentation at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

The 1927 Project

Presentation Planned on Incident of Racial Violence

BANGOR, Maine – Police violence and lynching have been topics of recent news around the country, and may be found throughout U.S. history. On Thursday, February 5, five Orono High School students will join writer and historian Stephanie Harp for “The 1927 Project,” a presentation about an early 20th-century lynching in Little Rock, Arkansas. In […]

Introducing the LR 1927 Project

If you’ve read John Carter: Scapegoat for Anger and Inheriting Home: The Skeletons in Pa’s Closet, then you know about the 1927 Little Rock lynching and my connection to it. Or perhaps you’ve read about it on America’s Black Holocaust Museum. In October, I presented my one aspect of my history research at Without Sanctuary: […]

“Chair hangings imply hanging-in-effigy of president”

  The following appeared in the Bangor Daily News, 10/20/12. It also is highlighted on America’s Black Holocaust Museum. In recent weeks, homeowners in  Virginia, Texas, Colorado and Washington state have hung empty chairs from trees. This comes in the wake of actor Clint Eastwood’s empty chair speech at the Republican National Convention. Never mind […]

John Carter

When I began to educate myself about race relations in the South, I didn’t intend to focus on lynchings. Many members of my family had graduated from Little Rock’s Central High School, site of the 1957 desegregation crisis. So I began with that. Then I learned that I had a personal connection to the lynching […]

“Without Sanctuary”

Just this morning, I’m happy to have received word that my proposal has been accepted to present at the “Without Sanctuary” conference about lynching in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October. Presented by the Center for the Study of the New South, the conference will bring together scholars, creative artists, and those interested in the causes […]

Inheriting Home

We inherit our first identities from our families, long before we’re old enough to create other identities for ourselves. But can we shed what we’ve inherited, or do we have to embrace it? Identity*Memory*Testimony was the theme of a conference in Portland, March 30-31, co-sponsored by the Maine Women Writers Collection, the Maine Women’s Studies […]

Strange Fruit

Every day I receive email alerts when the word “lynching” is used somewhere on the web. Since starting this alert in last August, I’ve been astounded at the number of times and places it shows up. I expected notices to be few, mostly concerned with early 20th-century U.S. history and on the websites of university […]