Venue: Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, 805 21 St. NW
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
When Carolyn Bryant Dunham admitted to historian Timothy Tyson that she fabricated the story that incited her husband and brother-in-law to kidnap and kill 14-year old Emmet Till in Mississippi in 1955, few were surprised. Although the two men were acquitted by an all-white jury, Till’s death served as a major catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and his story resonates to the present day.
Questions remain: What are the historical roots of white supremacist thinking in the false accusations of black men by white women? How has it been developed over the past centuries to the “Beckys” of the present? What could/should we have to say about Carolyn Bryant today?
We address these questions through scholarly presentations covering three chronological perspectives.
Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, and author of They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South
Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, Associate Professor of History, Western Carolina University, and author of Mothers of Mass Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy
Dr. Catherine Clinton, Professor of American History, University of Texas at San Antonio; author/editor of 25 books.
Moderator: Tina Tchen, attorney, Buckley Sander LLP, former Assistant to President Barack Obama, Executive Director, White House Council on Women, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.
Performer: Isryel “Tales” Jules, dancer and actor
In partnership with George Washington University