Supporters of legislation that would create a commission to explore and address Maryland’s lynching history made their case to state lawmakers Tuesday, the latest step in a grassroots movement that appears to be gaining momentum.
The bill’s chief sponsor, Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, had the backing of a bipartisan group of more than 50 co-sponsors when she presented her argument at an afternoon hearing in Annapolis before the House Judiciary Committee.
Pena-Melnyk told an overflow crowd in the committee chamber that lynching was a scourge that took the lives of at least 40 African-Americans in the state between 1854 and 1933, and that the brutish practice entrenched the power...
President Barack Obama, at the time the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, speaks to attendees at the 99th annual convention of the NAACP in Cincinnati, Ohio.