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February 24, 2018

On Jan. 22, 1912, white Georgians lynched their first woman. She was African-American, of course, and it took over a hundred years for her story to be told. Her name was Loduska Crutchfield. They called her Dusky. 

Most newspapers of the time got her name wrong. Th...

March 25, 2017

This is my fifth newsletter. Every month or so I send one out to a list of about 500 folks. If you wish to join this list, please email me at karenbranan@gmail.com.

Dear Friends,

Many magnificent or merely interesting things have happened since my last newsletter!

Topping...

June 15, 2016

On June 4 I journeyed to Lagrange, Ga., for two speaking engagements – neither of which I shall ever forget.

Lagrange, the seat of Troup County, sits a short distance from the Harris County line, a quick drive from Hamilton. Some progressive things happened in Lagrange...

April 21, 2016

 


The old man was waiting for me when I arrived. He didn’t know I was coming nor did I.   It just turned out that way. I was in Harris County, Ga., my ancestors’ home, in 1995, hoping to find some elders who’d remember a lynching eighty-three years earlier. I doubted I...

February 4, 2016

Yesterday on Georgia Public Radio’s “On Second Thought,” Celeste Headlee asked me how I could be certain I had the true story, given most records of the day were written by white people. I responded that it was records by white people which forced me to face the hard f...

January 9, 2016


Over the long years I’ve worked on this book I have talked many other white people who shared with me traumatic memories of racial violence in which they were involved, as perpetrators or silent bystanders. 

 

As we stood in the driveway in which he and I had playe...

December 18, 2015

Here I will post stories of Harris County and its people which did not make it into the book. I will write of my encounters and conversations on the book tour. I will focus on the changing hearts and minds of “white people,” and on creative efforts around the country t...

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