Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

On a Friday night back in March of 1981, nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was walking home alone when he was abducted, beaten, had his throat slit, and then had his body hung from a tree branch in Mobile, Alabama.  The two men who were arrested, tried, and convicted of the crime were named Henry Hays and James Knowles and they were members of the KKK.  In his new book The Lynching: the Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan, journalist, author and historian Laurence Leamer details this shocking act of domestic terrorism and the subsequent lawsuit and verdict which would level a deadly blow to the Ku Klux Klan.  Laurence joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and the KKK’s lingering effect on race relations in America today.  

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