New Essay Contest

The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial Project is pleased to announce an upcoming scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Prince George’s County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants. 

Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. Essays should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.

Read more about the contest and how to submit an entry.

Greenbelt Votes to Form Reparations Commission

A fascinating local story about one city in our county moving forward to consider reparations:

A Prince George’s County community might move one step closer to providing some of its residents reparations.

Greenbelt voters will decide in an election Tuesday whether to establish a 21-member commission to review, discuss, and make recommendations related to providing reparations for the city’s African American and Native American residents.

Read more: https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/prince-georges-city-to-vote-on-creating-reparations-commission/65-557bfc98-5e3c-43fa-a4f6-320bb49985fb

Lynching in Maryland Conference

Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, our state parent organization, is hosting its 4th annual conference online on Saturday, November 6, 2021 with powerful speakers and resources for this important truth telling work. Details from their registration site are below:

The Maryland Lynching Memorial Project is holding our 4th annual “Lynching in Maryland” conference on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 9.30a to 12.30p. Once again this year, the conference will be held virtually due to the ongoing public health emergency. 

As in years past, the program will include a variety of presentations, panel discussions and films that consider the history of racial terror lynching in Maryland, its lasting effects and efforts around the state to confront the truth so that healing and reconciliation might be achieved.

Register here.

Seminar: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Instructor: Kelly Brown Douglas
Date: Friday, October 29, 1:00 – 5:00 pm  |  Saturday, October 30, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This two-day intensive course will be held online, through synchronous sessions. Registrants are expected to attend full-time, for both days.

Students explore one of the most provocative and award-winning books by Dr. James Cone on the relationship between the cross and the lynching tree. This book looks at how “the cross and lynching tree interpret each other,” throughout the black struggle for freedom—even today. This class will incorporate short lectures, panel discussions, and one-on-one interviews with scholars across the field of Black Theology and African American history.

Register here.

Upcoming Webinar on Police Reform

As part of our work to understand history and the way it shapes our current challenges around community safety, the Prince George’s County Lynching Memorial Project Education Committee has organized a webinar with key activists and organizations working for reform in our county. Join this free and informative discussion about our county.

See the event page for registration link: https://pgclmp.org/event/webinar-police-reform-in-prince-georges-county/