Public Programs & Outreach

POSTPONED: The Penalty for Success: My Father was Lynched in Lowndes County

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 7:00pm

This event has been postponed due to travel concerns related to the coronavirus. Ms. Bolling McCall plans to reschedule her trip to DC later in 2020.

“Josephine McCall has captured in fascinating detail the story of the tragic Jim Crow era lynching of her prominent-businessman father, Elmore Bolling. The narrative not only provides a moving biography of his life and legacy, it also offers a window into the harsh realities of the segregated South where no laws respected or protected people of color.” - Jerome A. Ennels

Josephine Bolling McCall is the author of The Penalty for Success: My Father was Lynched in Lowndes County and the daughter of Elmore Bolling. Ms. Bolling McCall was just five years old when her father was killed in 1947. Decades later, he became one of hundreds of lynching victims memorialized at the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice. When the Memorial opened, EJI designated Ms. Bolling McCall as the primary voice of people affected by lynching and she was interviewed by PBS Newshour and the Associated Press. She was also interviewed by Trymaine Lee for the 1619 Project.

All are welcome to hear Ms. Bolling McCall share her family’s story. As one of the few direct descendants of a Jim Crow South lynching victim speaking in America today, she feels an urgency to tell her story to as many people as possible. Her journey of discovery presents a revealing narrative of a time, a place and a people that challenges us to rethink the reality of life for both blacks and whites in a rural, southern community.


  • Dates Offered
    • March 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm