On March 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law the “Emmett Till Antilynching Act.” While this is historic, it is also over 100 years and 200 failed votes in the making. There are mixed emotions following the bill’s unanimous passing in the Senate and in light of the moment, I’m taking this opportunity to re-air my interview with the now Rev. Dr. Malcolm Foley of Baylor University.
Malcolm’s area of research for his PhD in Christian History has a specific focus on lynching in the United States. We recorded this conversation in May of 2020 when this topic was all of a sudden on the minds of millions of Americans. His dissertation asks the question of how Black Protestants affirmed their own dignity in the late 19th and early 20th century when lynching so customarily threatened them with death. Just prior to our conversation, Malcolm tweeted that he didn’t realize when he began his research, he would actually be living it.
For a little more information, see the notes on the original Episode 043.
Connect with Malcolm on Twitter @MalcolmBFoley.
Mentioned in this episode:
Christianity Today’s Quick to Listen podcast with Malcolm Foley
Interaction between Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper in NYC’s Central Park
David Walker’s Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World
Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America by Manfred Berg
Stamped From the Beginning by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence by Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros
Episode 042 That Makes Total Sense! with Gary Wardlaw of The Relationship Clinic of Waco
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