LECTURE: 100 Years Later: The Lynching of (Grandpa) Anthony Crawford: Has racial difference ended or simply evolved?
In this lecture, public historian and activist Doria Dee Johnson visits the personal history of her family. Anthony Crawford was lynched in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1916 because of an altercation over the price of cottonseed. After his death, his family was banished from town and their property illegally confiscated.
Using her family’s painful story as a lens through which we can examine our nation’s history, Johnson will describe how past injustices propelled her from the role of daughter to genealogist to activist to scholar, and now international human rights and restorative justice agent.
About the Speaker:
Doria Johnson, Crawford’s great-granddaughter, is a historian and activist whose scholarly work and social justice efforts are closely linked to her family story. In 2005, she successfully lobbied the U.S. Senate to publicly apologize for how long it took the federal government to enact anti-lynching legislation. She recently worked with Bryan Stevenson (author of Just Mercy, the featured book for On the Same Page in 2016) and the Equal Justice Initiative to establish one of the only historical markers in the country dedicated to lynching, marking the site of her great-grandfather’s death. Dr. Leon Litwack, A. & M. Morrison Professor of American History Emeritus, has written about the Crawford lynching in his landmark book, Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow, and, as a prefatory essayist in Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America.
A PhD candidate in U.S. History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Johnson is a Visiting Scholar at The Newberry Library and is a United States Representative to the Nelson Mandela International Dialogues in Cape Town and Sri Lanka, addressing issues of memory and justice.
Ms. Johnson will be introduced by Walter Hood, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design.
The talk and reception are free and open to all UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and community members. As April 11 falls during Passover, the lecture will end by 5:30pm and will be videotaped for those unable to attend.
This lecture is co-sponsored by The On The Same Page program, Division of Equity and Inclusion, College of Environmental Design, Department of African American Studies, the Department of Sociology and Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center.