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Title: Jena 6: Where Do We Go from Here

Jena 6 Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Co-sponsored and convened by
  • COE Deans Council on Diversity
  • The Counseling Psychology Student Association
  • The UGA School Counselors Association
  • The UGA Student Personnel Association
  • Power point prepared by Lisa Sims Browning

Historical Significance of Lynching
An Initial Point
  • African-American students had to ask permission
    to sit under a tree that was on school grounds
    that receives federal funds.
  • After which, students hung nooses from the tree
    in retaliation to the African-Americans for
    sitting under the tree.
  • Students who hung the nooses were initially
    expelled but later was only suspended for three
    days because the superintendent considered the
    hanging of the nooses as a prank.

Historical Significance
  • Jena Six Case is a blatant reminder of Jim Crow
  • Was a part of American life from 1870 until the
    mid 1960s.
  • Plessy vs. Ferguson upheld Jim Crow stating that
    separate was equal
  • Brown vs. Board of Education repealed Jim Crow.
  • Although the law was repealed in 1954, Jim Crow
    practices still lingered in the Deep South

Jim Crow Law and Etiquette in Action
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Emmitt Till
  • An example of how lynching was used to intimidate
  • Emmitt Till was from Chicago and had went to
    Mississippi to visit his aunt and uncle
  • Case received national attention because his body
    was pictured in Jet Magazine

The Noose
  • Used as an intimidation tactic
  • Whites were able to use the noose to keep blacks
    and other people of color in their place so
    the would follow Jim Crow laws and etiquette.
  • Horrible part of American History

Jena Six Timetable of Events
Updates on the Jena 6 Case
Current Events Stemming from Jena Six
  • Manhattan Post Office
  • Columbia Teachers College
  • Hempstead Police Department in Long Island
  • Chicago construction site
  • Queens, New York
  • University of Maryland in College Park
  • Coast Guard Cutter
  • In Pittsburgh in a bus maintenance garage

What people are saying and doing about it
  • Are all of these cases copycats because of
    media attention?
  • Cases are NOT pranks.
  • The noose is a sign of hate.
  • NAACP hosting a six hour workshop, Educating
    Children of Color
  • Legacy of hatred, legacy of racism, legacy of

Where do WE go from here?
Small Groups
  • In small groups…
  • Reflect on what you just heard and/or your
    thoughts and reaction to the situation as it has
    been unfolding in Jena.
  • How and where does this happen here inn our
    community, at UGA, in our college?
  • Examine what action steps we can take here in
    light of what has happened in Jena. How can we
    come together as a community to ensure this does
    not happen here?

Whole group discussion
  • How can we come together as a community to ensure
    this does not happen here?
  • What can we do as a community (student, faculty,
    staff, college, university)?
  • Actions? Specifics?

  • This is  a found poem from a sermon Martin
    Luther King, Jr. preached in 1957 at Dexter
    Avenue Baptist Church
  • Another way that you love your enemy is
    this    When the opportunity presents itself for
    you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which
    you must not do it.
  • There will come a time, in many instances, when
    the person who hates you most, the person who has
    misused you most, the person who has gossiped
    about you most, the person who has spread false
    rumors about you most, there will come a time
    when you will have an opportunity to defeat that
  • It might be in terms of a recommendation for a
    job it might be in terms of helping that
    person to make some move in life. That's the time
    you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In
    the final analysis, love is not this sentimental
    something that we talk about.
  • It's not merely an emotional something. Love is
    creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It
    is the refusal to defeat any individual.
  • When you rise to the level of love, of its great
    beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil
    systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up
    in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat
    the system.
  • Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1957
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