On this trip sponsored by The Nation, my wife and I traveled by bus over eight days to four states we had never visited before, didn’t sleep much, learned a ton, ate mostly fried food, got to know 27 traveling companions, and met with individuals at each stop who told us very personal stories about their experiences with racism. What we saw was unforgettable and unforgivable.

Read a full account of the tour here.


Sylvester Hoover, whose family members were sharecroppers here, is the proprietor of a combination grocery store and laundromat. He shares the history of this area with anyone who will listen, saying “I just want people to know about this place.”