Race, Rage, and Resistance: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey
CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas presents Race, Rage, and Resistance
John Carter and Lonnie Dixon: Remembering 1927
Speaker: Stephanie Harp and Kwami Abdul-Bey
Stephanie Harp is a writer and historian, based in Maine, whose family ties to Little Rock and elsewhere in Arkansas go back many generations. She holds a master’s degree in U.S. history, with research focused on lynching, specifically John Carter’s murder in 1927. Her work about the Carter lynching has appeared in the anthologies Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas, 1840–1950 (2018) and Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (2019). In 2013, she organized and led the “Project 1927” presentation at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and she has presented her work “Without Sanctuary: A Conference on Lynching in the American South” at meetings of the Arkansas Historical Association and elsewhere.
Kwami Abdul-Bey, a native of Little Rock, is a co-founder/co-convenor of the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement (APJMM), along with his wife, Clarice. They are also the co-hosts of Jadestone Vintage Soul on KABF 88.3 FM Community Radio (with their five-year old son, Lorne). Abdul-Bey graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1989 and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the grandnephew of Lonnie Dixon and the great-grandson of Frank Dixon, two individuals at the center of the 1927 lynching in Little Rock. He is the author of the award-winning and bestselling THE TABLES HAVE TURNED: A Street Guide to Guerrilla Lawfare (2001) and is currently an honors senior at Liberty University School of Law. In December 2020, Abdul-Bey was chosen by the Ford Motor Company as one of its ten national “Ford Freedom Heroes of COVID-19” for his founding of the acclaimed Shelter-in-Place Virtual Film Series in March 2020.
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