Compelled to Remember What Others Want to Forget

September 2011
Nieman Reports;Fall2011, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p19
The author reflects on the responsibility of journalists to retell the stories of victims of racial crimes during the civil rights era in Alabama that have been forgotten. He says that racial crimes in his native state reminds him of the inhumanity in Central Africa. He cites fellow journalists who encouraged him to pursue the cases at the time when he almost give up. He urges other journalists to seek public accountability even if few people remember or care about the cases.


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