An Outrage explores lynching history, and offers an opportunity for action

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An Outrage, April 12, 7:15 p.m., UCCS’ Centennial Hall Auditorium, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., an-outrage.com. - COURTESY FIELD STUDIO
  • Courtesy Field Studio
  • An Outrage, April 12, 7:15 p.m., UCCS’ Centennial Hall Auditorium, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., an-outrage.com.
This aptly named documentary, filmed on location at six lynching sites, explores a long and horrifying history. Lynching, the often public execution of black people carried out in the warped name of vigilante justice, plagued America for decades, especially in the post-Civil War South. While many in modern society tend to think of lynching as something from the far-distant past, the fact is that the push for federal anti-lynching laws didn’t occur until 1946, and even when its public practice tapered off in the ‘50s, racists continued these executions on a smaller scale. As they say in An Outrage, some of these people, the perpetrators of this horrific practice, are still alive. Produced by Field Studios, and circulated to nearly 50,000 teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2017, An Outrage explores this history, with testimony from historians, activists and the descendants of victims. More than a unique historical perspective, An Outrage offers an opportunity for action. When SPLC picked up the film for distribution, co-director Lance Warren (who directed alongside Hannah Ayers) said: “Our principal goal is to spur needed conversations that lead to real change.” There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

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