Today was a historic moment for our nation. Garry Brown, Tennessee District Attorney, announced that he has re-opened the investigation into the 1940 murder of whom some have identified as the “first martyr of the civil rights movement”, Elbert Williams. Mr. Elbert Williams was a bright, outspoken 31-year-old family-oriented man in the predominantly black community … Continue reading Reenvisioning Justice
A Belated Happy Birthday to Elbert Williams
Leslie had the seminal experience of testifying to the Tennessee Legislature on the lynching of her great grand uncle and voting rights activist Elbert Williams and its effect on subsequent generations of her family.
Originally appeared on February 20, 2013 Monday I had a rotten day. I was sick with a head cold, sorting through personal finances, everything I scheduled for the day turned out differently than planned, I worked really hard and felt like I got nothing accomplished. We all have days like that - where nothing seems … Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: Are you happy?
In July 2013, three young women were discovered after being kidnaped for years. The YouTube video statement, submitted by Cleveland kidnap survivors Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight was amazing. In the video, the three women expressed gratitude over recent support since they were freed and asked people to "continues to respect [their] privacy … Continue reading A Moment to Say Thanks
"22 years ago marked the start of 100 of the darkest days in human history. 1 million people were killed in the Rwandan Genocide." - Join the #Kwibuka20 Orbit What a difference twenty years makes. I believe it is time for us to unite so that we can begin renewal. Truly, Les
Tru Story Exclusive: About Elbert Williams If Flags Could Talk: Written and Curated by Leslie McGraw Thank you for tuning into the Tru Story blog series: About Elbert Williams. Beginning in June, I began to address circumstances surrounding related to one of the nation's forgotten heroes, Elbert Williams. June 20 marked the 75th anniversary of … Continue reading TRU STORY EXCLUSIVE: If Flags Could Talk
Tru Story Exclusive: About Elbert Williams A Seventy Five Year Old Lie: Part II by Leslie McGraw Elbert Williams Historical Marker Unveiling on June 20 Photo courtesy of Sharon Hayes. Thank you for tuning into the Tru Story blog series: About Elbert Williams. Beginning in June, I began to address circumstances surrounding related to one of … Continue reading TRU STORY EXCLUSIVE: A Seventy Five Year Old Lie pt 2
Tru Story Exclusive: About Elbert Williams Elbert Williams is shown on the top row. On the bottom (l to r) are Medgar Evers, James Chaney, and Emmet Till. A Seventy Five Year Old Lie: Part I by Leslie McGraw Thank you for tuning into the Tru Story blog series: About Elbert Williams. Leading up to Independence … Continue reading TRU STORY EXCLUSIVE: A Seventy Five Year Old Lie pt I