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"Always In Season": The Legacy of Lynching
A discussion with Jacqueline Olive, producer and director of the forthcoming documentary "Always In Season," which explores the century of lynchings of African Americans and the efforts to move toward restorative justice. Audio 26:35
For almost a century until the mid-1960s, tens of thousands of ordinary people attended the lynchings of more than 4,000 African Americans that often included torture, mutilation and photography. This form of racial violence occurred in every state across the U.S. but four, and for reasons as arbitrary as sheer boredom. Lynchings were at times highly organized and akin to the sport of hunting, and blacks were “always in season.”
Director Jackie Olive discusses her work in progress, "Always in Season." This documentary feature film encourages viewers to consider where their own family stories intersect with this difficult chapter in American history. "Always in Season" shows how lynching still affects Americans and follows the efforts of descendants who are turning harm to hope with grassroots efforts towards reconciliation and restorative justice.
Jackie spoke with KPFA Women's Magazine's Kate Raphael.