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I'm in control of my life and I will no longer be treated like crap from anyone ever again. Just because I don't put up with your treatment of me doesn't mean I don't love you, it means that I respect myself more and won't allow you to treat me that way.

African American Couple Headed Out On the Town, 1930's An African American couple strike a pose in front of a winter landscape background. James Van Der Zee, photographer.

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What Do You Do After Surviving Your Own Lynching?

James Cameron was dragged from his cell and beaten — a young black man accused of a rape that never happened. Someone tied a rope around his neck. Two boys had already been hanged for the same crime; their bodies dangled from a tree in Marion, Ind. But a voice rose from the crowd and, somehow, Mr. Cameron was let go. This is his story. — Fernanda Santos, Phoenix Bureau Chief