MEET THE CAST
DESCENDANTS AND ACTIVISTS
Dr. Fostenia Baker is the great niece of Frazier B. Baker, a postmaster in Lake City, South Carolina, who was lynched with his infant daughter, Julia, on February 22, 1898. Dr. Baker is a retired professor and resides in Washington, D.C. The book she wrote about her great uncle and his family is expected to be published in 2017.
Thelma Dangerfield is a volunteer at the Lamar County Genealogical Society Library, where she researched three lynchings that took place in Paris, Texas. An exhibit she created is on view at the Lamar County Historical Society. Thelma is also Treasurer of the local NAACP chapter.
Sonny Gray was born and raised in Shubuta, Mississippi, where lynchings took place in 1918 and 1942 at the town's "Hanging Bridge." He helps to preserve memory of these killings by maintaining a path to a burial site nearby.
Rev. Dr. Andre Johnson is a member of the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, helping to memorialize lynchings in Shelby County. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Memphis and Senior Pastor at Gifts of Life Ministries.
Hattie Lawson is a minister, community activist, and retired fifth-grade teacher. She is the coordinator of the Moore's Ford Movement, a coalition of citizens dedicated to investigating and memorializing the lynchings of two African American couples in Monroe, Georgia in July 1946.
Kimberly Wilson is the great-great-niece of journalist John Mitchell, Jr., editor of the black newspaper The Richmond Planet and one of the great anti-lynching advocates in American history. Ms. Wilson is Deputy Director for Human Resources, Volunteers, and Community Service at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Dr. Mia Bay is Professor of History at Rutgers University, where she directs the Center for Race and Ethnicity. She is the author of The White Image in the Black Mind: African-American Ideas About White People 1830-1925 and To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells.
Dr. Jonathan Holloway is Provost of Northwestern University and an historian who focuses on the post-emancipation United States with a focus on social and intellectual history. He is a fourth-generation university administrator, and author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940.
Dr. Edward L. Ayers is the film's Historical Consultant. He is President Emeritus and Professor of Humanities at the University of Richmond, President of the Organization of American Historians, and Executive Editor of Bunk. He is also a co-host of the podcast BackStory. The author of seven books, his newest work is The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.
Isabel Wilkerson is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. She also won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to do so. Wilkerson has taught narrative nonfiction at several universities.
Dr. Yohuru Williams is Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at St. Thomas University in Minnesota, and an education activist. He is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven. His forthcoming work is Six Degrees of Segregation: Lynching, Capital Punishment and Jim Crow Justice, 1865-1930.