The UB School of Law will host the first public meeting of the new Maryland Lynching Truth & Reconciliation Commission on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom in the Angelos Law Center. The public is invited to attend.
Keynote speaker at the event will be noted civil rights attorney and author Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the author of a seminal work on the subject of racial terror lynching, On the Courthouse Lawn (2007).
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, in partnership with UB, is holding the launch meeting to introduce the Commission to the public, review the history of lynching in Maryland, explain why the Commission is needed, and offer an opportunity for interested citizens to provide input to help guide the subsequent work of the Commission.
In addition to Ifill, the program will include presentations from Maryland Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk, D-21st, and Kelebogile Zvobgo, a Zimbabwe-born political scientist whose research focus is on human rights and transitional justice.
Following the presentations, a panel discussion will allow audience members to ask questions of the panelists and Commissioners. The event will be live-streamed and remote viewers will be able submit comments and questions both before and during the live event.
Admission to the meeting is free, but tickets are required and can be reserved by visiting this site. UB students, faculty and staff can reserve free tickets here. Seating is limited, but a live stream and archived video recording will be available here.
The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works to advance the cause of reconciliation in Maryland by documenting the history of racial terror and lynchings; advocating for public acknowledgement of these murders; and working to honor and dignify the lives of the victims.