ASU set to host Confederate Memorial Day “Teach-in” and discuss 1981 Mobile Lynching

WHEN: Monday (April 22) from Noon-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Hardy Student Center Amphitheater.

Alabama State University’s Department of History & Political Science is set to host the Confederate Memorial-Day “Teach-in” on Monday (April 22) from Noon-1:30 p.m. at the ASU Hardy Student Center’s Amphitheater. The “teach-in” will be hosted by the department’s chairman, Dr. Derryn Moten, and he will be joined by Dr. Martha Holiday.

At Monday’s event, they will discuss both the observance of Confederate Memorial Day and will have a special discussion on the 1981 Michael Donald lynching in Alabama, which took place in Mobile at the hands of two Alabama Ku Klux Klan members.

They will also discuss the United Klans of America civil lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery (SPLC) against the hate group, which was found responsible for Donald’s murder.

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Donald’s convicted K.K.K. murderer, Henry Francis Hayes, executed in 1997 in Alabama

BACKGROUND ON THE KKK LYNCHING & THE SPLC LAWSUIT

KKK member Henry Francis Hays was tried, convicted and executed (in 1997 at Holman Prison) for the 1981 lynching-style murder of Donald, a 19-year-old African-American resident of Mobile, Ala. Hay’s death was the first execution since 1913 in Alabama for a white-on-black crime, and the first execution of a known KKK member in the United States (in the 20th century) for the murder of an African-American. Hays was a member of the United Klans of America, a Ku Klux Klan group in Alabama.

Donald’s murder at the hands of the KKK is sometimes referred to by historians as the last recorded lynching in the United States because his two KKK attackers hung his body from a tree, in the pattern of mob lynchings of the past.

SPLC WINS CIVIL VERDICT AGAINST ALABAMA KKK

As mentioned above, the SPLC later filed a civil lawsuit against the United Klans of America, a KKK group in Alabama, for Donald’s murder (on behalf of his mother). It won a $7 million verdict against the Alabama KKK group, which bankrupted it.

Also present at Monday’s event will be the SPLC’s lead attorney in the Donald vs. United Klans of America civil lawsuit, Morris Dees, who will discuss the case and the personalities involved in it. Dees was also one of the founders of the SPLC.

 

For more information on Monday’s “teach-in:” Dr. Derryn Moten at 334-229-4433.

 

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

 

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