Legacy of Lynching--Bill Moyer's Journal

Bill Moyers does absolutely wonderful shows, accessible by website and by podcast, as well as on television-- although, probably like many of you, I follow very few things on actual television broadcasts anymore.  No time.

In any case, since we are on the subject of lynching photographs, Moyers has an excellent site posted November 23, 2007, which recaps some of the research and commentatory on lynching, as well as providing an excellent visual display of some lynching images with annotation at www.pbs.org/moyers/journal11232007/profile2.html.

This summation includes a series of photographs compiled by Ken Gonzales-Day, including lynchings of Native Americans, Chinese and Latinos, Emmett Till and his mother, as well as an overview including the keeping of lynching statistics at the Tuskeegee Institute from 1882-1968 and the anti-lynching crusade of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

Apparently, in 2005, Congress formally apologized for failing to act on some 200 anti-lynching bills.  The resolution states that the Senate "expresses the deepest sympathies and solemn regrets of the Senate to the descendants of the victims of lynching, the ancestors of whom were deprived of life, human dignity and the Constitutional protections accorded all citizens of the United States."  

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I am a writer and a professor of English at the City College of New York, and the CUNY Graduate Center. My books include Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1979), Invisibility Blues (1990), Black Popular Culture (1992), and Dark Designs and Visual Culture (2005). I write cultural criticism frequently and am currently working on a project on creativity and feminism among the women in my family, some of which is posted on the Soul Pictures blog.