Hard Truths: A Lenten study of the Equal Justice Initiatives report
Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 7-8PM on Zoom
One of the sites that CUCC’s Racial Justice Pilgrimage will be visiting is the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, described on its website as “ the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.” Jim Smith and Roger Manus invite you to learn more about these subject by joining us in a 4 week study of EJI’s report “Lynching in America”. For those of you going, this will provide powerful context for the Pilgrimage. For those not able to travel with us to Alabama and Georgia, it will help you understand some of what the pilgrims will be learning as we visit the sites.
Here’s a little personal context for the study from Jim Smith. “Part of the mission of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice is to have counties in which racial terror lynchings occurred bring a memorial ‘slab’ with the name of the person lynched back from the Memorial to the county. Roger and I are members of the Wake County Community Remembrance Coalition which is working to do just that here in Wake County to honor the memory of George Taylor, lynched in 1919 in the Rolesville community. As part of our preparation for that to occur, we studied EJI’s report “Lynching in America”. I thought I knew something about the subject and quickly discovered that my knowledge was superficial. While the history in the report is hard truth, I found I finished the study with a much greater understanding of what my black brothers and sisters have learned through word passed down by elders and through lived experience. I hope you’ll join us for this important study.
Readings before we meet
The EJI report can be read online (recommended) here or you can download a PDF here. Each week, there will be a reading assignment to be completed prior to the Zoom meeting. For the first week (March 8), please read the Introduction. While not a requirement, it will be more meaningful if you can attend all the sessions.