Red Summer 1919: Commemorating the Past, Confronting its Presence
Many African American soldiers returned from WWI with a newfound sense of pride and determination for equality, but home was still plagued by white supremacist violence and repression, heightened during the “Red Summer” of 1919. A century later Dr. Geoff Ward, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University, discusses research and engagement efforts to address the history of racial violence and its legacies today. Ward considers the scientific evidence that U.S. communities remain affected by centuries of this violence, while discussing transformative justice projects communities are implementing to confront these enduring impacts, including in Missouri.
Presented in partnership with the National Archives at Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group.
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