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Confronting America’s History of Racial Injustice

    • Confronting America’s History of Racial Injustice

      To change the future, we must begin with an honest reckoning with our past. The Equal Justice Initiative gives eloquent voice to the harrowing and shameful history of racism in America, beginning with slavery and continuing through the systemic injustices of today.

      Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. EJI works to change the narrative about race in America through projects like The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, situated on a site where enslaved people were once warehoused, and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, 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. They also offer powerful resources like these.

      A History of Racial Injustice

      This multimedia calendar tells the story of racial injustice in America, day by day, with essays, images, and videos. Here’s one example: June 1, 1921, White Rioters in Tulsa Destroy Black Community, Kill Hundreds. And another: September 15, 1963, Four Black Girls Killed in Bombing of Birmingham, Alabama, Church.

      Slavery in America: The Montgomery Slave Trade

      EJI believes that reconciliation with the past begins by confronting our difficult history and finding a way forward. This report documents the history of slavery in America and the role of Montgomery, Alabama—EJI’s home—in the domestic slave trade, so the truth about the enslavement of black people and its legacy can be understood. This resource includes an animated short film by artist Molly Crabapple, narrated by Bryan Stevenson, on the mythology of racial difference that was used to justify and sustain enslavement.

    • The EJI calendar is important, please share it with everyone you know, there are so many historical facts we can learn to truly understand US History. For me, it was intense to see the anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre on June 1, 2020, while all of our communities are in such despair. The world is so fragile right now but finding truth will help put us on the road to repair.

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