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BBUUC Common Listen
White Lies, a seven-part Podcast from NPR, Podcast Discussion
Wednesday, March 11th, Olympia Brown Room
“Naturally, we are compelled to ask the question, Who killed James Reeb? The answer is simple and rather limited when we think of the who… It is the question, What killed James Reeb? When we move from the who to the what, the blame is wide and the responsibility grows.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the eulogy for Rev. James Reeb in Brown Chapel, Selma, Alabama, March 15, 1965.
In 1965, Reverend James Reeb — a Unitarian minister and civil-rights activist — was killed during the voting rights movement in Selma. After three men were tried and acquitted for his murder, the city’s white community buried the truth. More than 50 years later, two native Alabamians return to Selma to uncover the truth about who killed James Reeb, and to delve into the systems of oppression and violence that allowed it to happen.
In White Lies, a narrative podcast from NPR, co-hosts Andrew Beck Grace and Chip Brantley expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt, memory, and justice that says as much about America today as it does about the past. In a place where a legacy of impunity and silence conspires against them, Brantley and Grace scour Selma for living witnesses, guided by an unredacted copy of an old FBI file. They meet people who know the truth about the murder but have lied for decades — until now.