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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Shadows of the Lynching Tree

Blacks and whites and other Americans who want to understand the meaning of the American experience need to remember lynching. ~ Dr. James Cone August 31, 2006 in Jena, LA. Three black students asked the principal of the high school if they could sit under the tree commonly known as the “white tree.” The principal said yes and the students sat under the tree. When they returned to school the next day they found three nooses hanging from the tree. To comprehend the significance of this event it is important to understand that thousands of black men, women and children found humiliation, punishment and death at the end of the rope in the United States of America. “Shadows of the Lynching Tree,” a new documentary by Carvin Eison, explores how the noose and the lynching tree are reinvented and how they echo through the criminal justice system.

Presenter: Carvin Eison (Faculty)
Topic: Communication
Location: 107 Holmes
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)