Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission Holds Public Launch
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project and University of Baltimore School of Law held a public launch for the MD Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at UB Law.
Hundreds of people gathered to hear presentations by noted civil rights attorney and author Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Kelebogile Zvobgo, a political scientist whose research focus is on human rights and transitional justice, and; Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk (D, 21st District) who was the primary sponsor for HB 307, the legislation that created the Commission. A panel discussion followed the presentations which included questions and comments from those attending the program.
The evening began with a screening of the short Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) film “Abbeville” which documents the installation of an EJI historical marker at the site of the 1916 racial terror lynching of Anthony Crawford in Abbeville, SC. This emotionally charged film conveys the power and importance of community remembrance projects to confront the truth that must be told for reconciliation to be possible. The film can be seen HERE.
The public launch was preceded by a meeting of the MD Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
An archive recording of the complete event livestream feed can be found HERE.
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Maryland’s First EJI Historical Marker is Dedicated in Anne Arundel County
Community Remembrance Project acknowledges AA Co history of racial terror lynchings
Hundreds of people gathered in Annapolis on a bright September morning for the unveiling and dedication of an historical marker commemorating the racial terror lynchings of five black men in Anne Arundel County. The effort was led by Connecting the Dots: Anne Arundel County in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project helped sponsor the event.
The marker, installed in Annapolis’ Whitmore Park on Calvert Street across from the Arundel Center, is the first EJI historical marker to be installed in Maryland. The dedication ceremony included the announcement of winners of the Racial Justice Essay Contest sponsored by EJI. First place winner Madison Medley, a Senior at Meade High School, read her award winning essay.
Complete news coverage of the dedication ceremony can be found HERE.