Behind the Book: Charleston Syllabus

On the evening of June 17, 2015, Dylann Storm Roof, a young white man, entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, invited in by the African American parishioners. For an hour he sat among them during a Wednesday night Bible study session as they read from the Book of Mark. And then he opened…

Excerpt: BLACK WOMAN REFORMER: IDA B. WELLS, LYNCHING, AND TRANSATLANTIC ACTIVISM by Sarah L. Silkey

Today is writer and activist Ida B. Wells’s birthday. Sarah L. Silkey’s biography of Wells, Black Woman Reformer, covers Wells’s time in England and her efforts to rally British public opinion against the brutal practice of lynching, designed to terrorize blacks and enforce white supremacy. The following excerpt describes Wells’s reaction to the lynching of three…