The C.O.W.S. w/ William Willimon: Who Lynched Willie Earle?

Wednesday, May 30th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Professor William Willimon. Professor of the practice of Christianity at North Carolina’s Duke University, Willimon served as dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry for two decades. He’s written over 60 books and holds honorary degrees from more than ten institutions. We’ll discuss his 2017 publication, Who Lynched Willie Earle? Confronting Racism through Preaching. Professor Willimon examines the 1947 lynching of twenty-four-year-old Willie Earle. A White terrorist mob blamed him for the death of a White taxi driver and abducted the unarmed black male from a South Carolina jail. Earle was tortured and mutilated before being killed. No one was convicted for the crime. Willimon’s book examines how the religion of White Supremacy helped promoted the lynching and enslavement of black people. Like convicted mass killer Dylann Storm Roof, Willimon is a White man and a South Carolina native. He also uses the book to examine how his own culpability in the system of White Supremacy.


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