The Lynching of Michael Williams in Iowa in 2020: Seeking Justice in the Criminal Process and Beyond

Jun 15, 2022

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

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Michael Williams was murdered by lynching in Grinnell, Iowa in 2020. His body was burned in a ditch in broad daylight. While the perpetrators have been brought to justice, none have been charged with a hate crime. Prosecutors and local officials have said the crime was “unrelated” to race. This panel brings together a few of Michael’s family members to talk about what more needs to be done for justice to be served, to honor Michael’s dignity, and to make sure such a crime never happens in Iowa again. 


Wednesday, June 15

Noon - 1:00 pm CST

Join virtually at: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96899177662 

Webinar is open to all, no prior registration is required.

This event will be closed captioned.

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