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Project on Lynching Culture Draws National Media Attention

Feb. 28, 2011

Times reporter and Columbia University professor Samuel G. Freedman interviewed Sims for an article appearing online at NYTimes.com on February 25, 2011, under the headline, "Seeking Lynching Stories as Accounts of Faith."

Other media drawn to the project in recent months include Black Christian News, online at BCNN1.com, The Waco Tribune-Herald (February 19, 2011, article by Regina Davis), and the Baptist Standard.

Terry Goodrich wrote the original Baylor press release on September 8, 2010, and the Dallas Morning News was the first newspaper to follow up on the press release. In that article on September 19, 2010, author Sam Hodges interviewed Baylor students who transcribed some of Sims's moving interviews. They described their reactions to the stories of life in a violent racial climate and personal testimonies of faith and forgiveness.

BUIOH is pleased to be aiding Dr. Sims in her very worthy and significant research. Transcripts from the project should be available online by the end of 2012. Dr. Sims is also working with Baylor University Press on a book from the project, with the working title "Conversations with Elders: African Americans Remember Lynching."




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