Pilgrimage to begin with film screening on lynching ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow

As a student in Albemarle County, Hannah Ayers learned about the lynchings of African-Americans, but that history always was in the sidebar of her textbooks. 

Several years ago, Ayers and her husband, Lance Warren, decided to make a documentary to bring that history into the center of the American story. 

Ayers and Warren edited the film down to 33 minutes — short enough to fit into one class period.

“Most of the teachers we’ve met aren’t opposed to teaching about lynching; the problem is that lynching hasn’t been part of the central narrative, and teachers haven’t always had effective tools for incorporating the history of racial violence into their curricula,” Ayers said.

The Jefferson School African American Center is screening the duo’s film,…

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