James Byrd Tribute to Include Remarks by Newspaper Editors

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By: E&P Staff

Newspaper people will be among the speakers at a 10th-anniversary tribute to James Byrd Jr., the black man who was chained to a truck and dragged to his death by white supremacists in 1998 in Jasper, Texas.

Scheduled speakers at this Sunday afternoon’s event in San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre include Oakland (Calif.) Tribune Editor Martin G. Reynolds, Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb, San Francisco Bay View Editor Willie Ratcliff, two of Byrd’s sisters (Clara Byrd Taylor and Louvon Byrd Harris), and others.

The June 22 tribute is sponsored by the San Francisco-based James Byrd Jr. Racism Oral History Project — a project of the Houston-based Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing.

Media co-sponsors of the event include the aforementioned Tribune, Post, and Bay View along with the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Asian Week, the Bay Area Black Journalists Association, the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California), and others.

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