Finally as part of our Independent Lens Pop-Up series, we hosted a special screening of Always In Season on February 11. The film centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina, on August 29, 2014. Despite inconsistencies in the case, local officials quickly ruled Lennon’s death a suicide, but his mother, Claudia, believes Lennon was lynched. After the screening, GPB Radio's Virginia Prescott, host of On Second Thought, moderated a panel with filmmaker Jacqueline Olive, producer and director of Always In Season. In addition to Olive, other members of the panel included Jason Morgan Ward, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, Emory University; Rev. Dr. Theophus "Thee" Smith, co-founder, Southern Truth and Reconciliation; and Cassandra Green, director of the Moore's Ford Bridge Lynching Reenactment.
Olive's film weaves in other incidents of racial violence, including the Moore's Ford quadruple lynching, which took place in 1946 in Monroe, Georgia less than one hundred miles from Atlanta. Green annually dramatizes the incident in hopes the victims are never forgotten and as a way to encourage the community to come forward with information that might bring the perpetrators to justice. In addition to Green, other re-enactors attended the screening as part of the audience.