Jun. 7, 2019

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour "Special Presentation" Bringing a dark chapter to light: Maryland conf

Jonathan Pitts
Baltimore Sun
September 25, 2018

"Lynching is American history, and for us to recover from that violence and terror, we all have to know that history and we all have to talk about it."

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the nonprofit behind the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

“These black lynching victims were human beings who deserved the same dignity anyone should get, whether it’s the president of the United States or the person who comes to change the tire on your car,” he says. “Learning about them and naming them helps speak to their significance as persons who lived in the U.S.A.”

Christopher Haley

People tend to think something as terrible as lynching must have happened long ago and far away. But it took place right here.

Nicholas Creary, a history professor at Bowie State University

“Better to take an honest look at history, no matter how painful it might be​ rather than suppressing it,” he says. “That’s the only way we’ll be able to understand where each other is coming from, feel like a community, and make progress.”

Kirkland Hall Princess Anne Resident

I will continue to read our black history aloud in hopes of engaging those are truly unable to access it​ or to comprehend with this essential knowledge. In addition, it is my responsibility​ to use the gifts that God provided me to the best of my abilities. One of the tools is the gift of being a fluent reader. So continue to join me each as I attempt to bring the goal of universal black literacy to every black community in this nation.