Elwood Higginbotham Set to be Memorialized in Oxford

On Sept. 17, 1935 the last publicly recorded lynching in Oxford took place. After a trial for killing a white man in self defense, Elwood Higginbotham was taken from his jail cell either forcibly or through persuasion of the guards before being hung and shot before a mob of 150 or more people.

At the time it happened, it received a wide variety of coverage although most of it proved to be ineffective in painting a accurate picture of what actually happened. The story barely registered to get any mention from the family its self as the remaining Higginbothams fled Oxford before eventually settling in Memphis.

The story would remain blurred and under wraps until Kyleen Burke from Northeastern University’s Law School was assigned with gathering the story for a memorial in honor lynching victims in Birmingham.

“What makes this important to day is showing our young people what our elderly people went through to have the rights that they have now,” Said Cynthia Parham Commissioner of the Historical Properties Division of the city of Oxford. “Its a part of our legacy. We don’t want our past to be our present.”

The Equal Justice Initiative is collaborating with the Oxford Board of Alderman to erect a plaque in honor of Higginbotham near the alleged lynching site.

The Plaque will detail the events and the sad reality of the Jim Crow Era south.

The Lynching Memorialization in Lafayette county will host a public meeting on Aug. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association building in Oxford

The EJI is also providing Lafayette County students with the opportunity to earn scholarship money through an essay contest. Some high schools such as Lafayette High School have yet to take advantage of the scholarship.

“Towards the end of last year the story caught some traction and inspired some kids but so far this year we haven’t even had the chance to get the kids into the full swing of writing to write,” said 9th grade English teacher Maria Young.

At the time of this article, some staffers were unaware that the scholarship was available.

“I hadn’t heard about the scholarship but i’m sure this is something that would excite my students,” said 12th grade English teacher Sara Irby.  “I find it easier to talk about social injustices when we have actual examples. Last week we read some Tom Sawyer and it help orchestrate a discussion among students.”

 

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What Works Week 1: Introducing the Upshot’s Encyclopedia of Donald Trump’s Twitter Insults

Headline: Introducing the Upshot’s Encyclopedia of Donald Trump’s Twitter Insults

This article from The New York Times talks about a then new database of all of President Trumps insults which he has made public record through publishing to his 5+ million Twitter followers.

The article is interesting because they take something that is news but is hard to explain and explains it vividly by putting the information all in the readers face. They skimmed through all of Trump’s tweets since his election around Jan of 2016 and it was around 487 then so imagine what it is at now, which they have kept it updated up until July of this year.

I like how ever vile or disrespectful thing they say Trump said they can prove it with a link to his tweet. I think this is interesting because to say Trump is a horrible person or he is mean etc, would normally be a dead end conversation but by showing you his comments it paint a vivid picture of his character.

This article speaks to the hard work and dedication of the members of the New York Times crew because it take a long time to go through and read Trump’s tweets let alone archive and categorize them. It also speaks to their readers because something like this would only be news to a liberal leaning news station like New York Times and wouldn’t even get a mention on a more conservative network like Fox.

The article does a good job of giving a summary of the database and its contents and it also did a good job mentioning some of the more memorable comments made by or Commander and Chief.

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