CRRJ Director Gives Talk at SXSW 2024

In Austin, at SXSW this March, Margaret Burnham joined with the Mississippi journalist Jerry Mitchell and Attorney Jill Collen Jefferson, the director of the Mississippi civil rights group, Julian, to discuss challenges facing anti-racial violence organizers in the state today.

Their discussion, titled Policing and Modern-Day Lynchings in the Rural South, explored the case of Willie Jones Jr, a Black man found dead, hanging from a tree in the yard of his then white girlfriend’s house, and the ways in which this case exemplified the larger, systemic obstacles ingrained in our justice system.

Jefferson and Mitchell are seeking effective federal oversight of police officials in Lexington, Mississippi, where Jefferson was recently arrested for her activities. Julian, in collaboration with several other organizations, is sponsoring a Mississippi Freedom Summer to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1964 events in the state.

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