In Enduring Injustice: the Persistence of Racial Discrimination in the U.S. Death Penalty, Ngozi Ndulue of Death Penalty Information Center places the death penalty in historical context as a descendant of slavery, lynching, and segregation while highlighting the current crisis of extra judicial executions, and social justice movements that call for police and criminal legal reform.
The report is an eye-opening look into the distinct legislation that paved the way for racial discriminatory practices that persist in the use of death sentencing today.
Listen to Ngozi Ndulue in conversation with Missouri NAACP President, Rod Chapel, Equal Justice Initiative Liaison for the Community Remembrance Project of Missouri, Glenn North, and Racial Justice Coordinator at MADP, Michelle Smith to discuss the historical and current factors of race and the death penalty in Missouri.
The conversation series Counter-Memories will investigate a number of international monuments and places of remembrance whose symbolic significance often reveals a great deal about our relationship to history.
This Counter-Memories episode centers around the story of the Levi Harrington Memorial Marker as an example of how a local initiative in Kansas City is attempting to remember the countless victims of lynchings and create historical memory. Its comprised of a conversation between Glenn North and Staci Pratt, the two founders of the Community Remembrance Project of Missouri and journalist Amira El Ahl. Their conversation will be enriched through spoken word performances and illustrated with videos, images, and archival material.
The Community Remembrance of Springfield, Missouri Soil Collection Ceremony. Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Members of Springfield's Community Remembrance Coalition, Springfield NAACP and representatives of Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City collect and archive soil from the 1906 lynching site of Horace Duncan, Fred Coker and Will Allen on Park Central Square. Duncan, Coker and Allen were among at least 60 African American victims of racial terror lynching in Missouri between 1877 and 1950.
Levi Harrington was lynched on April 3, 1882, in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, Missouri.That may seem like a long time ago, but after 136 years, the aftermath of racial terror lynchings reverberates today. That's why lynchings — and Harrington — are being remembered in Kansas City with a new memorial.
The story of Levi Harrington provides a compelling example of how racial terror lynchings were routinely carried out prior to Jim Crow.