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Men wearing "Free Willie McGee" shirts, chained to the Lincoln Memorial
MFP Voices

‘Legal Lynching’ of Willie McGee in Mississippi’s Traveling Electric Chair

May 8, 2021, was the 70th anniversary of the electrocution of Willie McGee in Mississippi’s traveling electric chair, a grim milestone in the history of civil rights in Mississippi. All these years later, McGee’s family continues to mourn his life and confront the impact of the tragic and undoubtedly unjust circumstances surrounding his death. 

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Woman reacting to the news of the Derek Chauvin trial results
MFP Voices

Why This Trial Was Different: Experts React to Guilty Verdict for Derek Chauvin

Scholars analyze the guilty verdicts handed down to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the 2020 murder of George Floyd. Outside the courthouse, crowds cheered and church bells sounded—a collective release in a city scarred by police killings. Minnesota’s attorney general, whose office led the prosecution, said he would not call the verdict “justice, however” because “justice implies restoration”—but he would call it “accountability.”

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