Neither Will Treloar ’24 nor Yasmin Nayrouz ’24 possessed any previous experience as student government leaders when they stepped onto the Syracuse University campus as first-year students three years ago. Now in their final year at Syracuse, Treloar and Nayrouz…
College of Law Professor Featured on ‘Frontline’ Episode Exploring Unsolved Murder of 1960s Civil Rights Leader
College of Law Professor Paula Johnson will appear on an episode of “Frontline” entitled “American Reckoning” on Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. EDT on PBS and YouTube. The episode examines the unsolved 1960s bombing murder of NAACP and civil rights leader Wharlest Jackson Sr., offering rarely seen footage filmed more than 50 years ago.
“American Reckoning” examines Black opposition to racist violence in Mississippi, spotlighting a little-known armed resistance group called the Deacons for Defense and Justice, woven alongside the Jackson family’s decades-long search for justice amid the ongoing federal effort to investigate civil rights area cold cases.
Johnson was tapped for the episode due to her work as director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at the College of Law and her ongoing work on the Wharlest Jackson case. CCJI conducts investigations and research on unresolved cases, offers academic courses, public forums and other special events, and serves as a clearinghouse for sharing and receiving information on active cases. College of Law student members of CCJI were also interviewed for the episode.
Johnson and CCJI students work with the Jackson family in sponsoring the Wharlest and Exerlena Jackson Legacy Project, which commemorates the legacies of Wharlest Jackson, Sr. and his wife Exerlena, and their contributions and ultimate sacrifices for racial justice, educational and employment opportunity, voting rights and full participation in United States society. The program includes speakers, and workshops for high school and junior high school students, parents, educators and the public. The program will take place April 1-2 on Zoom. Further details will be available here. Inquiries can be sent to The Jackson Legacy Project.