An update from law student Brenda B.: Evidence shows a direct correlation between the lynchings of African Americans at the turn of the century and the modern use of the death penalty: the more prevalent the lynchings, the more prevalent the death sentence in that same area. In Alabama, we visited Birmingham and Montgomery, two cradle cities of the civil rights movement that developed in response to the injustices against African Americans between Reconstruction and World War II. Both cities host civil rights museums and memorials to the heroes and heroines of this era (many of whom were children), and both cities are home to three renowned advocacy organizations we visited: the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Southern Poverty Law [...]