Buried deep in Atlanta’s unconscious decades before it became the city “too busy to hate” is an atrocity too horrific to fade from memory. For four days in 1906, from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25, dozens of Black Atlantans were killed and several more wounded by white mobs in what is now known as the Atlanta Race Massacre.
In recognition and commemoration of the tragedy, a documentary titled “(Re) Defining History: Uncovering the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre” premieres on WABE-TV on Sept. 24. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will host the public screening at the Gathering Spot ATL on Sept. 22.
Darrin “DJ” Sims is the Director of the Truth and Transformation Initiative at the Center, and Brianna Carr is a WABE producer who worked on the pilot project. In this interview, “City Lights” host Lois Retizes speaks with Sims and Carr to talk more about the project.
“We wanted to give a platform to stories that may have been mishandled in the past and then represent that to our viewers so that they can be empowered to think independently about the story,” Carr said.
“(Re) Defining History: Uncovering the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre” premieres on WABE-TV on Sept. 24. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights hosts a public screening at The Gathering Spot ATL on September 22 and more information is available here.