On April 3rd, I attended a talk by Professor Smith about the cultural representation of "cold cases" from the Civil Rights movement in media. What I found interesting from her lecture is the persistent power of the movement on our society from the "Eighties" until today. The popular mainstream view of the movement is that it led to equality for all and forced integration in the deep South. What we need to remember is that there was no such thing as a "monolithic South." It was in fact very diverse in how classes dealt with racial issues.
Earlier I attended the screening of "A legacy of Torture" at Hahn. I went because it seemed interesting and I thought we would get extra credit for it, but I'm wondering if I went to the right event now because I did not see anybody else from our class there. Anyway, either way, I'll write my blog post on it.
On Thursday morning at 11am in the Rose Hills Theatre at Pomona Professor Smith gave a lecture on Civil Rights, Cold Cases, and the media.
The thing that surprised me most was her discussion on the Civil Rights cold cases. These are cases that have gone "cold" because evidence has been lost, witnesses have died, etc. Well, recently criminal investigators have been taking a second look at these cold cases. In fact, accordingly to Ms. Smith, the Government has recently granted 10 million dollars to the reopening and and investigation of these cases from the Civil Rights Movement.