Brutal Texas Hate Crime Remembered

James Byrd, Jr. chained to truck and dragged 3 miles

Jamesbyrd.jpgThe family of James Byrd, Jr., who was chained to a pick up truck and dragged three miles to his death by three white supremacists, will travel from Texas to San Francisco for a Tribute to James Byrd., on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his death.
The San Francisco-based James Byrd Jr. Racism Oral History Project announces that tickets are available for the 10th Year Anniversary Tribute to James Byrd, Jr., of Jasper, Texas, Working Together to Reduce Racism, which will take place on Sunday June 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
Tickets are $10, $20, & $35 and can be ordered at City Box Office (415) 392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com
According to the Project’s Director, Lani Silver, the tribute will acknowledge “how far we have come and how far we have to go in race relations in this country.”
The oral history project is a project of the Houston-based Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing. Over a dozen well known Bay Area authors, politicians, and civic leaders, including Tribune Editor Martin Reynolds, will lead the audience in a discussion about how racism has impacted every individual in society.
Silver also says that by sharing our experiences with people we can reduce it. The project has conducted 2,600 interviews with people, mostly students, in the Bay Area. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir will perform, as will Bill Spooner.
Community leaders, academics, journalists and many others will give short tributes to Mr. Byrd and his family. Other speakers include: Jeff Adachi, Susan Griffin, Paul Cobb, Rhodessa Jones and Supervisor Jake McGoldrick.
Volunteers are needed.
For further information please call 4l5-485-4208 or write to: byrdproject@aol.com