Articles tagged: James Byrd Jr.

In a Saturday, June 6, 2020 photo, people walk in Gould Park in Vidor, Texas. Several hundred people came out to the park on Saturday afternoon for a protest and peace march in honor of George Floyd who died while being detained by Minneapolis police. (Fran Ruchalski/The Beaumont Enterprise via AP) by

What the Black Lives Matter Protests Mean for East Texas

Protests where I grew up–where lynchings and KKK marches have occurred in my lifetime–could signal a shift in the region long plagued by racial terror.

The first time I thought I knew someone famous was when I saw a man we called Byrd on television. I lit up. Byrd, a Black man I recognized as a friend of my dad...Read More

Quanell X leads a march past Hemphill’s town square, calling for justice for Alfred Wright. by

Fight for Wright

In a town haunted by its racist past, a mysterious death prompts a search for justice.

The family of Alfred Wright, a black man found dead in rural East Texas last year, has made his mysterious death a civil rights cause, saying local authorities ...Read More

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