It would be the last time Donald’s family saw him alive. The next morning, the 19-year-old’s body was found viciously beaten, hanging from a tree on a residential street in Mobile.
Police began to investigate, questioning who could have committed such a horrendous crime — but those in the local Black community suspected they already knew the answer.
When to watch
The first two episodes of “The People v. The Klan” premiere on Sunday, April 11, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The final two episodes will premiere on Sunday, April 18, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Each episode will stream live for subscribers via CNNgo, and will be available on demand the day following its premiere.
What to expect
The series, produced by Blumhouse Television, uses a mix of archival footage and present-day interviews to revisit the Donald cases in light of the ongoing fight for racial justice.
Where to learn more
“The Light of Truth: Writings of An Anti-Lynching Crusader,” by Ida B. Wells
“At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America,” by Philip Dray
“Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America,” by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson
“The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan,” by Laurence Leamer