Monthly Archives: March 2016

Our March meeting is on the 8th at  7 PM as usual, downstairs in the Youth Lounge this month again.

This will be a powerful and emotinal meeting, so we hope many of you can come.

A Legacy of Lynching

Our guest for March is Karen Branan, author of the new book The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth. She has spent nearly 20 years researching the lynching in 1912 of a black woman and three black men, all of them innocent, sanctioned by the county sheriff, her great-grandfather. Her research revealed that she was also related to one of the four who were murdered that day.

Branan will share her family story and her own journey to understanding how this form of terrorism, designed to reinforce and protect the system of white supremacy, set the stage for many of the problems that persist to this day.

Karen Branan is a veteran journalist who has written for newspapers, magazines, stage and television for almost 50 years. Her work has appeared in Life, Mother Jones, Ms., Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Today’s Health, Learning, Parents, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and on PBS, CBS, ABC, CBC, BBC, and CNN.