Transforming Public History: The Equal Justice Initiative’s Anti-Racism Museum & Memorial to Lynching Victims

1762 Beacon St. Brookline, MA 02445

In April, in Montgomery, Alabama, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened the National Memorial to Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.  The memorial honors 4,400 victims of lynching. The museum traces our nation’s history from enslavement, through convict leasing, racial terrorism and Jim Crow, to mass incarceration.

In celebration of the openings, the EJI hosted a two-day Justice Summit. Speakers included Rep. John Lewis, Rev. William Barber III, Vice President Al Gore, Sen. Corey Booker, and Ava DuVernay.

Members of Boston SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice), Amelie Ratliff and Kenny Likis, attended the Summit.  Both of them grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1960’s. Using slides and videos, they will discuss why the EJI, an organization of lawyers devoted to defending people on death row, spent the last ten years working on this  project.  They will offer attendees an extensive bibliography on anti-racism and lead a discussion on why the EJI’s memorial and museum matter today and in New England.

Hosted by the BWC Acting for Racial & Economic Justice Committee

All are welcome – please join us!