Partner Spotlight: Duke University

October 14, 2015
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duke-300x188A recent report released by the Equal Justice Initiative located in Montgomery, AL, entitled “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” listed North Carolina as one of the “12 most active lynching states in America.” As Angel Harris, staff attorney for the ACLU Capital Punishment Project has written, “no white person has ever been convicted for the lynching of an African-American” and “the unjust execution of African-American men thrives today on the same soil on the lynching trees: Only now the the noose has been replaced with the needle.” According to the NC Department of Public Safety, more than 1,000 persons have been sent to North Carolina’s death row since the state began executions in 1910. Duke University students will take an investigative look at this history alongside longstanding issues of race and the death penalty. Currently, there are 150 people on North Carolina’s death row (148 men, 2 women). All are being held at two prisons in Raleigh, NC: the men in Central Prison, and the women at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women.

Facilitators: Jessica Namakkal, Assistant Professor, International Comparative Studies; Robin Kirk, Executive Director, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute

Funders: Office of the Dean of the Social Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences