A couple of years ago, a visiting scholar at Baylor, Dr. Angela Sims, interviewed more than 70 African Americans who had not only lived through an era where lynchings were common, but who had witnessed or narrowly escaped such treatment themselves.
Her interviews are now housed in Baylor’s Institute for Oral History; transcripts of some of those interviews can be read online here. PBS’ “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly” recently followed up with Dr. Sims and some of those who suffered through what the correspondent calls “one of America’s most shameful chapters” for this report:
They say that those who forget history are doomed to repeat. Baylor’s Institute for Oral History aims to make sure such history is never forgotten, so that it may never, ever be repeated.
Sic ’em, Dr. Sims and oral historians!
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