As part of its work to change the narrative about race in America, the Equal Justice Institute (EJI) extensively researched the period between the Civil War and World War II, when more than 4,000 African Americans were lynched in this country. EJI published its findings in the report Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. With support from Google, EJI has created Lynching in America, a freedigital interactive experience inspired by the original report.
As protests against racial injustice and police brutality have spread across the United States and around the world, students, teachers, parents, and many others are looking for a deeper understanding about racism and what they can do about it. Many of those inquiring minds are turning to books.
In an article in Smithsonian Magazine, journalist and digital editor Meilan Solly presents 158 resources chronicling the history of anti-Black violence and inequality in the United States within a narrative that explains and contextualizes them.
Presenting the history of race in America is an opportunity to engage in thoughtful, respectful, and productive conversations. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture has launched an online portal to facilitate dialogue about race in the United States.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.