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‘Who Lynched Willie Earle?’ Explores Christianity’s Role In Addressing Racism

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Abingdon Press/2017

In 1947, dozens of white men in Greenville, South Carolina kidnapped and murdered a young black man named Willie Earle. Several of the men later confessed to the crime and said it was retaliation after a black man allegedly stabbed a white cab driver. However, after a trial, nobody was convicted for the murder.

In his new book, “Who Lynched Willie Earle?: Preaching to Confront Racism” (Abingdon Press/2017), Will Willimon examines the impact of the murder in his hometown of Greenville. He also examines how local clergy responded to the violent act of racism. Host Frank Stasio talks with Willimon about the murder and the responsibility of white Christians in addressing racism.​

 

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC. His fascination for audio storytelling and radio journalism began as a broadcast major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC’s student-led radio news show, where Charlie’s work won multiple Hearst Journalism Awards.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.