On Second Thought For Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mar 13, 2018

Last month, Atlanta’s mayor signed a measure to eliminate the city’s Municipal Court cash bond requirement for minor offenses. The alternative would be having many offenders sit in jail if they can’t afford bail. Other cities across the state are seeing similar calls to action. What does bail reform look like in other states, and what might it look like throughout Georgia?

This is Women’s History Month, and we’ll talk to some of Georgia’s notable female history makers. More than 20 years ago, Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt was at the center of a unique legal battle that pitted her against a Holocaust denier. The libel case attracted international attention. Lipstadt wrote about the experience in her book “History on Trial". It has been adapted into a film called “Denial” starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt.

This month marks the 159th anniversary of the largest sale of human beings in U.S. history. This massive slave auction in Savannah is called The Weeping Time. It tore families apart, and inflamed tensions in the lead up to the Civil War. This seminal event remains largely unknown. Historian Kwesi DeGraft-Hanson is on a mission to identify descendants of this massive episode of inhumanity. He spoke with GPB Special Correspondent Celeste Headlee.

Half a century ago, Fairview Elementary School in Henry County, Georgia accepted 13 students of color--an effort led by then principal, Brooks Tuck. This was the first school in the county to integrate black and white students. A children’s book released last year tells that story. It’s called “Mr. Tuck and the Thirteen Heroes.”