Speak My Name
International Speak My Name Day
Friday, July 16-17, 2021
In keeping with the African proverb “speak my name and I will live forever” join us and speak the name you choose aloud on:
Friday, July 16-17, 2021, maybe you could say a prayer and/or light a candle for their name. This is American History through the lens of Lynching and steps toward healing America with a look at our history.
Sunday, April 25, 2021, join us for "Spreading The Ashes – Unbraiding The Noose" featuring special presentations by Musician/Composer/Educator/Producer Avery Sharpe, Robert Meeropol, the son of Abel Meeropol, who wrote the anti-lynching anthem “Strange Fruit,” popularized by Billie Holiday), and Kiara Boone, Deputy Director of Community Education, Equal Justice Initiative. Plus Virtual Red-Carpet Screening of the award-winning film "Ashes to Ashes" with Dr. Shirley Whitaker – an endearing portrait of Winfred Rembert, a master leather-work artist who survived an attempted lynching in 1967. Get ticket information.
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How To Participate
First: Choose a name from this list of over 4,000 African Americans who were lynched in the USA – American History through the lens of Lynching.
Next: Write the name you have chosen on an index card, then take a self-portrait photograph (selfie) and share #internationalspeakmynameday with your family and friends on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, or text message so no name will be left behind.
Then: On Friday, July 16-17, 2021 (International Speak My Name Day), join us and others around the world when you speak the name you have chosen aloud, maybe say a prayer, video, Snapchat, Tweet, Instagram, Facebook LIVE or simply light a candle, so they will live forever.
Scroll down to choose the name of an African American who was lynched in the United States. Submit your request using the form below.
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A Day of Remembrance
Starting Friday, July 16-17, 2021 will have educational presentations, artistic expressions (dance, music, short plays, artwork, etc.), and the speaking of over 4000 names over 24-yours.
If you would like to be a part of the event, please provide your contact information and how you would