Aired: August 10, 2018

Pilgrimage

Content warning: this episode includes vivid descriptions of racial terror lynching, an auditory reenactment of racist assaults on protestors, and a description of police brutality against a black child. Please listen with care.

Pilgrims sing hymns at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church museum in Montgomery, Alabama on 7/12/18. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Humanities

  • The Site (3 min.)

    With: Justin Reid (Virginia Humanities)

    Virginia Humanities Director of African American Programming Justin Reid takes With Good Reason Producer Cass Adair to the site where historians believe a white mob lynched John Henry James in 1898.

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  • The Terror (16 min.)

    With: Jalane Schmidt (University of Virginia)

    In 2018, a hundred Charlottesville residents traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to memorialize his death and commit to fighting white supremacy. Professor and organizer Jalane Schmidt talk us through Charlottesville’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

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  • The Lunch Counter (5 min.)

    With: Susan Bro and Kathryn Laughon

    At the Center for Civil and Human Rights museum in Atlanta, visitors have an opportunity to experience what it felt like to integrate lunch counters in the US South. Susan Bro and Kathryn Laughon explain their experience at the exhibit, and how it reminded them of the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville in 2017.

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  • The Memorial (4 min.)

    With: Bryan Stephenson (Equal Justice Initiative)

    Bryan Stephenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, speaks to Charlottesville city residents in Montgomery, Alabama.

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  • Changing the Narrative (5 min.)

    With: Tracy Spurlin-Saravanan, Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul, and Antoinette Waters

    Three Virginia teachers at the Kellogg Summer Teaching Institute share successful strategies for combatting racism in public schools.

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  • Teaching After August 12 (13 min.)

    With: Anne Ernst (Charlottesville High School) and Rachel Caldwell (Burnley-Moran Elementary School)

    For teachers in Charlottesville, August is an opportunity to reflect on how their classrooms have changed since the white supremacist attacks on August 11 and 12, 2017, and how they plan to teach race going forward. Anne Ernst and Rachel Caldwell discuss racial healing in the classroom.

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  • Origami Swans from Charlottesville (6 min.)

    With: Nic Stone

    Young adult author Nic Stone describes her transformative visit to Charlottesville public schools.

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  • A Pilgrimage for John Henry James

    Charlottesville High School student and activist Zyahna Bryant at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery. Photo: Pat Jarrett.

    On July 7th, 2018, a group of almost 100 Charlottesville residents set off to Montgomery. They carried with them a jar of soil, symbolizing the remains of a man named John Henry James. James was lynched in Charlottesville in 1898; no one was ever held responsible for his murder at the hands of a white mob.

    On the way to Alabama, the Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage travelled through historic sites across the United States South. Travelers also met with African American activists, elders, faith leaders, and experts in Appomattox, Danville, Greensboro, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Montgomery.

    With Good Reason’s Associate Producer Cass Adair joined the trip. His audio appears in the episode Pilgrimage.

    Virginia Humanities photographer Pat Jarrett brought back images. Director of African American Programs Justin Reid created a 360 tour of the journey.

    Learn more about the story of John Henry James and the legacy of racial terror lynching:

           “They Lynched Him:” Richmond Planet article from 1898

           “The Train At Wood’s Crossing,” essay by Brendan Wolfe of Encyclopedia Virginia

    Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, report by the Equal Justice Initiative

  • Race and Identity Picture Book Syllabus

    As part of our coverage of the Kellogg Teacher Summer Institute, guest Rachel Caldwell shared her list of picture books about race and identity. Caldwell teaches fourth grade at Burnley-Moran Elementary School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

    If you have suggestions to share with Rachel’s students, please feel free to leave a comment below!

    Wanda Howard Battle and her niece Nylah at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Photo by Pat Jarrett/Virginia Humanities

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