Senate to apologize for failing to enact anti-lynching legislation

[JURIST] The US Senate is expected next week to approve a resolution [text] apologizing for its historical failure to pass anti-lynching legislation. Senate filibusters blocked over 200 such bills in the first half of the 20th century. The resolution expresses the "most solemn regrets of the Senate to the descendants of victims of lynching". Doria Dee Johnson [personal website], whose great-great grandfather was a victim of lynching, and a cousin of Emmett Till [JURIST news archive], who was murdered in 1955 for reportedly whistling at a white woman, are both expected to be on hand for the Senate vote on Monday along with other descendants of victims. AP has more.

 

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