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The living legacy of Emmett Till's casket

Rebekah Barber

Sixty-one years after a grief-stricken mother invited the world to witness the brutality of white supremacy, a new museum dedicated to the African-American experience will put her son's casket on display — an exhibit that aims to ensure future generations remember America's painful past and how it shapes the present.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The poverty of opportunity behind the police killing of Alton Sterling

Sue Sturgis

Alton Sterling was shot to death by police outside a Baton Rouge convenience store while selling CDs to get by. With a felony conviction on his record, Sterling faced significant employment barriers — but efforts are underway in Louisiana and elsewhere to dismantle at least some of them through so-called "ban the box" laws.

Baton Rouge police got military gear through controversial Defense Department program

Sue Sturgis

The Baton Rouge Police Department, under fire for a militarized response to protests over last week's police shooting of Alton Sterling, is among the Louisiana law enforcement agencies that got surplus military gear through the Defense Department's 1033 program.

Healing our wounds: Restorative justice is needed for Albert Woodfox, the Black Panther Party and the nation

Angola 3 News
An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell of the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on restorative justice, an approach that considers the impact of wrongdoing not only on an individual but on society — and seeks to heal both.

Grassroots organizing shapes North Charleston's response to police killing of Walter Scott

Kerry Taylor
Why was the killing of an African-American man by a white police officer in a South Carolina city met with such a different response than similar tragedies in the North and Midwest? Camera footage made a difference, but so did the years-long building of a community of resistance.

New book examines race and violence in America through the lens of Trayvon Martin's killing

Sue Sturgis
"Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence" from CounterPunch Books examines race, violence and resistance through contributions from prominent writers and thinkers including Cornel West, Patricia Williams, bell hooks, and Facing South's own Chris Kromm. Its release comes as protests continue over the shooting of yet another unarmed African-American teen, this time by police in Missouri.

Terrorism, COINTELPRO, and the Black Panther Party: An interview with law professor Angela A. Allen-Bell

Angola 3 News
Angela A. Allen-Bell, a professor at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has a new article out that turns the tables on anti-Black Panther Party rhetoric by asking if the treatment the group has suffered at the hands of government officials constitutes a form of domestic terrorism.