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Protest and Dissent

Conflicting Spaces in Translation and Culture

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Edited By Agnieszka Pantuchowicz and Anna Warso

Essays collected in this book discuss textual and discursive formulations of dominance and resistance. The authors analyze how they are narrated and re-narrated, framed and reframed in different social, political and language communities and realities, through different media and means, and translated into different contexts and languages. As the ways we name, rename, or label events, people and places have implications in the real world, the essays are also meant to investigate the ways in which we partake in negotiating its construction, its changing meanings and senses through the stories we tell and the practices we live by.

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Protesting Lynching: The Anti-lynching Campaigns of the Early NAACP

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Jerzy Sobieraj

Protesting Lynching:

The Anti-lynching Campaigns of the Early NAACP

Abstract: The paper examines the early anti-lynching activity of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The organization from its beginnings placed among its important social and political goals fighting against the practice of lynching in the USA. One of its significant activities was endorsing anti-lynching legislation, for instance, the so-called Dyer Bill.

Keywords: lynching, anti-lynching legislation, the NAACP, social injustice, racial violence

There, heaven-tall, earth-wide, hung the stranger on

the crimson cross, riven and blood-stained, with

thorn-crowned head and pierced hands.

W. E. B. Du Bois: “Jesus Christ in Texas”

Researchers of the NAACP may remember the cover of the December, 1911 issue of The Crisis, containing a reproduction of Albrecht Dürer’s Adoration of the Magi, three wise men, including one African, surrounding Jesus and his mother. This issue of The Crisis contains one more significant reference to Jesus, W. E. B. Du Bois short story about lynching, entitled “Jesus Christ in Georgia.” The text is preceded by a sketch of a cross, with the face of Jesus on it. To the left of the cross one can see a picture of an actual lynching scene. Several years later Du Bois included the story in his collection of texts entitled Darkwater: Voices from within the Veil (1920). Moved by the 1916 Waco lynching of Jesse Washington...

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