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Redlining & White Noise Part 10 | Who Lynched Willie Earle with Will Willimon

In part 10 of Redlining & White Noise, Charles Rotramel and Gregg Taylor speak with Will Willimon about his book Who Lynched Willie Earle?, which is based on the true story of pastor Hawley Lynn’s March of 1947 sermon of the same title. Will walks us through the story of the last recorded lynching in Greenville, South Carolina, the historical (and current) complicity of the white, mainline protestant church, and his views on how the church can facilitate racial healing.

The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church. A prolific and acclaimed writer, he is the author of more than sixty books, including Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism and Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love.  For more information and to follow his blog, go to

Sean Archibong