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Date and Location

April 19, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM EST



​​​Lynchings are not just part of a bygone era of racialized violence towards Black Americans. They continue to happen today in our country with appalling regularity. What's worse is that law enforcement often acts to sweep the incidents under the rug by labeling them suicides and refusing to investigate or prosecute the perpetrators. 

This event will unveil the horrific and heinous problem, through the lens of the 2018 lynching in Mississippi of Willie Jones Jr., a young Black man found dead, hanging from a tree in the yard of his then White girlfriend's house; the case was ruled a suicide but was never properly investigated. 

Panelists will include Jill Collen Jefferson and Ayana Jones from civil rights organization, JULIAN, who are working to uncover the truth about Willie Jones Jr.s lynching and who already won an $11 million judgement in a civil case against the perpetrators; Willie's mother, Tammie Townsend; and Harvard Professor Cornell Williams Brooks.


Speakers and Presenters

​Jill Collen Jefferson; Cornell Williams Brooks; Ayana Jones; Tammie Townsend


Additional Organizers

​William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice