The Lynching Sites Project of Memphis wishes to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Charlie Morris, who passed away Sunday morning, June 10, 2018 at the age of 98. Mr. Morris was active in community and civil rights work throughout his life, a deacon in his church, and a neighborhood organizer. Born in Arlington, he was the half-brother of Jesse Lee Bond who was lynched there in 1939 at age 20. Mr. Morris was 18 at the time and has been working throughout the rest of his life on behalf of his brother to make this previously hidden history known to the public. He has spoken movingly about his temptation to avenge his brother's death by violence and how he has grown toward forgiveness while remaining resolute in his commitment to make the story known. In the past few years he has appeared on the national television series "America Divided" and is featured in the award-winning independent film, "An Accidental Drowning." Both are about the story of his brother and how it has continued to impact him. In an interview on "American Divided" he was asked how we can get to justice. He responded, "The first step to equal justice is love."
In these ways and more his contributions to the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis have been immense.
Mr. Charlie Morris's funeral will be on Monday, June 18 at the Golden Gate Church on 3420 James Rd. The visitation will be from 9 - 11am and the funeral will be at 11 am.