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BBA Partner Webinar: The Charles Stuart Story: White Lies and Black Lives

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 6:00 PM to 6:00 PM
- , Boston, MA


Charles Stuart, a white man, murdered his wife and unborn child in Boston in 1989 and falsely blamed the attack on a nonexistent Black man. Believing Stuart’s lie, the police engaged in a massive manhunt that terrorized a Black community in Mission Hill with detention, public strip-searches, and the arrest of two innocent men. As some lawmakers demanded the death penalty, the media perpetuated this false story. The Stuart case exemplifies how the narrative of white supremacy continues to lead to the dehumanization and devaluation of Black lives. Widespread acceptance of white lies over Black lives persists today.

You can register online with the Massachusetts Historical Society here.

This program is part of the Confronting Racial Justice Series, developed by the Northeastern University School of Law Criminal Justice Task Force and hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. The Boston Bar Association is pleased to join with a number of Boston-area organizations to co-sponsor this free series. This series explores how enslavement and white supremacy shaped the history of Massachusetts and how they continue to shape its present.




Chane Vanes


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