“I have decided to stick to love…
Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The goal of our ‘1 Million Readers’ Campaign is to share this intimate journey to justice with world citizens who have the courage to read, buy, gift, or listen to HATE CRIME: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas (Random House 2002). Please ask your neighbor, a friend, or a college student to mark the 20th anniversary of a crime that shocked the international community.

Read. Listen. Learn.

Proceeds from 1 Million Readers
will support criminal justice reform
and reviews of wrongful convictions

Learn More About Hate Crime...

On June 7, 1998, James Byrd, Jr., a forty-nine-year old black man, was dragged to his death while chained to the back of a pickup truck driven by three young white men. It happened just outside of Jasper, a sleepy East Texas logging town that, within twenty-four hours of the discovery of the murder, would be inextricably linked in the nation’s imagination to an exceptionally brutal, modern-day lynching.

Hate Crime audio book available! Narrated by the talented Jennifer Van Dyck


Learn More About The Author

As an SMU Honors Department Lecturer, it was an honor to share with, and learn from, the brilliant, gifted students who read HATE CRIME: The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas (Random House 2002). These students, from Southern Methodist University, and countless others, are part of the reason the campaign has as its goal: to demonstrate TOLERANCE, LOVE & HEALING, and to never forget the murder of James Byrd, Jr. Thank you for reading this book, for helping me continue on the path to justice.

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