Legal Lynchings?: The Courts, Racism and Repression

Sophie and Alex Rosner Seminar on History, Health and Social Justice
11:30 am
1:00 pm
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Robert Meeropol, Michael Meeropol, and Rachel Meeropol
Seminar Series
Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health
National Endowment for the Humanties
Open to the Columbia Community, Open to the Public
This is the 2nd Seminar in the Uses of the Law in Repressing Social Movements and Social Protests Series

This seminar will feature Robert and Michael Meeropol the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only people ever put to death for 'Conspiracy to Commit Espionage.' Their adoptive father, Abel, was author of Strange Fruit, the song about southern lynching made famous by Billy Holiday. Robert's daughter, Rachel Meeropol, is a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights.

They will be speaking about their own personal experience as unintended victims of the Cold War hysteria that led to the execution of the Rosenbergs as well as the legacy of social protests and political activism that they as a family represent. All have continued to be active on behalf of people whose political activities have led them into conflict with the State. Their personal experience has led them to work to oppose political repression and racism and to work on behalf of prisoners in California and Guantanamo, environmental activists and people of color.



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